Birthday of Lahiri Mahasaya

Paramahansaji: [LAHIRI MAHASAYA’S] picture had a surpassing influence over my life. As I grew, the thought of the master grew with me. In meditation I would often see his photographic image emerge from its small frame and, taking a living form, sit before me. When I attempted to touch the feet of his luminous body, it would change and again become the picture. As childhood slipped into boyhood, I found Lahiri Mahasaya transformed in my mind from a little image, cribbed in a frame, to a living, enlightening presence. I frequently prayed to him in moments of trial or confusion, finding within me his solacing direction.

At first I grieved because he was no longer physically living. As I began to discover his secret omnipresence, I lamented no more. He had often written to those of his disciples who were over-anxious to see him: “Why come to view my flesh and bones, when I am ever within range of your kutastha (spiritual sight)?”

Please join us in remembrance of the birthday and life of this Yogavatar. We’ll begin with an open meditation tonight at 6:30 PM followed by the Commemoration Service from 7:30 to 8:30 PM. Please bring a flower to offer as a symbol of your devotion to God and Gurus, and a donation in an envelope as a symbol of loyalty and faithfulness to the cause of Self-Realization Fellowship. The devotee should not smell the flower and thus take a part of the gift meant for God.