Gurudev Paramahamsa Hariharananda's Birthday Celebration, 27 May 2018Thornleigh Community Centre May 27, 2018
We held two special celebrations for the 111th birthday of Gurudev Paramahamsa Hariharanandaji in Sydney on 27 May with our two resident monks, Swami Gurupriyananda and Swami Sarvatmananda. The first celebration was held on Sunday morning at our ashram with Guru Paduka Puja, chanting and a special meditation, followed by prasad.
Then in the evening, we had another celebration at the Thornleigh Community Centre. It was a grand set up of the dias with the pictures of the lineage on either side and our beloved Gurudev’s portrait in the centre adorned with new clothes and fresh flower garlands looking at us with a benevolent gaze. The program started with a peace invocation followed by a brief message by Swami Gurupriyananda Ma who spoke of Gurudev’s self discipline, compassion, charity, devotion and humility as lessons that we can learn from the great Master's life. Swami Sarvatmananda Ma expressed her love and reverence to Gurudev through a beautiful, melodious song which inspired those attending.The guided meditation that followed was a special treat with the voice of Gurudev leading and Guruji continuing the guiding.
The highlight of the program was yet to come — the opportunity to listen to the message of Sri Guruji on this beautiful occasion. Out of his love and compassion at 5:30 a.m. Miami time where he was in residence, Guruji shared some valuable messages of Gurudev that he noted down in his diaries. He said it was a day of great significance that Gurudev’s birthday was celebrated in his own new ashram in Australia in the morning and is followed by another celebration in Sydney in the evening.
This was followed by devotional singing by disciples and a festive dinner prepared by many loving hands and hearts. There was also an opportunity to watch a video of Gurudev’s Birthday at Miami ashram. We take pleasure in sharing this video message of Guruji’s talk with all our Kriya family members who could not be present. Just click on the image or URL below to view the Skype message via youtube. (22 minutes duration).