Swami Sivananda, our teacher, is considered one of the great saints of modern times. This renowned sage and humanitarian is the inspiration behind the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers. Born in South India, he served many years as a medical doctor before renouncing worldly life and establishing the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh, North India. Founder of the Divine Life Society, this Self-realized master was an embodiment of love, humility and compassion. Swami Sivananda's teachings continue to enrich the lives of millions worldwide through more than 300 books he wrote over the course of his life.
In India, mahasamadhi is the state of consciously leaving one's body. This is not the same as the death of an unenlightened human being or animal. When an enlightened one comes to the day when it is time to leave this earth, he/she will consciously exit from the body. Mahasamadhi can happen only to those who have lived their karma on this earth and reached an advanced state of Samadhi called Nirvikalpa Samadhi, union with the Divine consciousness (residing in a state of consciousness where subject and object are known to be one). Therefore, the day any great saint or sage reaches mahasamadhi is a time for celebration and thanksgiving. During this evening puja (prayer ceremony), we will celebrate and give thanks for the life of Swami Sivananda.
This program will be presented by senior staff of the Ashram.