Paramahamsa Prajnanananda's Birthday Celebration – Sydney 2018Sydney Aug 10, 2018
We had a beautiful celebration of Guruji’s birthday on 10 August at the ashram. We had disciples from the Central Coast and Sydney. A traditional Guru Paduka Puja was done by Swami Gurupriyananda and Swami Sarvatmananda. Then followed by a deepa yajna with chanting of maha mrityunjaya mantra, praying for the well-being of Guruji with disciples participating in the chanting. There was also the lighting of candles by the disciples wishing Guruji a happy birthday before the arati. A special meditation concluded the morning program. We then had a cake cutting and shared a festive lunch outdoors in the beautiful ashram premises.
On Saturday 11 August, we celebrated Guruji's birthday at Pymble with an evening event. Swami Gurupriyanda opened the celebration with a beautiful history of Guruji's ancestry, parents and birthplace. Swamiji spoke about Guriji's life as a child and student, following his time with our beloved Gurudev and his subsequent appointment as Paramahamsa Prajnanananda. Swami Sarvatmananda also shared her experiences with Guruji with us all. We then heard some beautiful inspirational stories from fellow disciples about how much of a personal impact Guruji has had not only in their spirituality but also in their day-to-day lives. After this, we all joined together in Devotional Song to honour our beloved Guruji. This was followed by guided meditation. As preparations were made for dinner, we gathered round the birthday cake to wish Guruji a very happy birthday as he enters his 60th year. The cake was cut by one of the disciples. Together we had a wonderful feast and shared the significance of this wonderful day.
On 12 August the Sunday discourse focused on Guruji’s teachings and was followed by the guided meditation.
Birthday celebrations were also held in other Kriya centres. On Saturday 11 August, the Perth group held a special meditation, followed by some singing and a delicious birthday cake, baked by Ragani. The Temple of Compassion in Texas, USA, released a heart-warming tribute to celebrate this joyous occasion (click on the image below).