"First Anniversary of the Foundation Day: Kriya Vidya Mandir—Centre of Kriya Meditation"
Sri Guruji, Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji, was in residence at the ashram from 30 April to 7 May. The whole time was one continuous joyous celebration of love. Disciples gathered as one Kriya family to be under the guidance of the guru with satsangs and meditations and the divine loving atmosphere. Every day was a spiritual feast for the body, mind and soul, and we thank all the generous volunteer work of many loving hearts and hands that made it possible.
The much-awaited Inauguration of our new meditation hall took place on 5 May, in the divine presence of Sri Guruji and the 1st anniversary of the foundation day of our ashram, Kriya Vidya Mandir—Centre for Kriya Meditation, followed on 7 May, the most auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya
The first half of the foundation day program started at 8:30 am with Guru Paduka Puja
— worship of the holy sandals of the guru with the recitation of Purusha Sukta
, a vedic hymn from the Rig Veda, dedicated to and invoking the blessings of the cosmic being. A traditional fire ceremony offering oblations to the various deities and the nine planets followed, which ended with a peace invocation and the sprinkling of holy water on those assembled. The worship and the fire ceremony were conducted by Swami Gurupriyananda and Swami Sarvatmananda, in the divine presence and direction of Sri Guruji.
The second half of the program resumed from 11 am, when invited guest monks from the Vedanta Centre Sydney and the Divine Life Society were welcomed and escorted to our new meditation hall. After the lighting of the lamp and a peace invocation, Swami Vireshanandaji and Swami Mahabodhanandaji of the Vedanta Centre Sydney, Swami Uditramanandaji of the Divine Life Society, our swamis Gurupriyanandaji and Sarvatmanandaji took their seats along with Sri Guruji Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji.
Swami Gurupriyanandaji welcomed the guests and gave an introductory talk about the beginnings of Kriya Yoga in Australia and how the humble beginning of two decades ago have now resulted in several centres in Australia and also in New Zealand and Fiji.
Swami Vireshanandaji gave a beautiful synopsis of the teaching of Swami Vivekananda of the karma
yogas relating them to Kriya Yoga and wished the ashram success in future programs and undertakings. Swami Mahabodhananda stressed the importance of self-discipline and faith on the spiritual path. Swami Uditramananda expressed his joy to be part of the celebrations and gave us his heartfelt blessings.
The highlight was the concluding talk and message of our Sri Guruji, who graced us in spite of a hectic global schedule and blessed the congregation to proceed with self-discipline, faith in the Masters and devotion. A delicious lunch followed. It was truly a blessed experience for all of us.
Foundation Day Ceremony in the New Meditation Space at the Ashram
We look forward to many more divine satsangs and meditations with all on our journey on this beautiful spiritual path.
From Your Ashram
Kriya Vidya Mandir—Centre of Kriya Meditation