The Spiritual Heritage of Paramyogeshwar Sri Devpuriji
Kailash Ashram, August 1998
On August 25th, 1998, the Mahasamadhi anniversary of Mahayogeshwar Sri Devpuriji, a festive Satsang took place in his Ashram at Kailash village, Disrict Sikar. Hundreds of people gathered to this function – Sadhus, Pandits and Acharyas (vedic scholars and priests), Mahants and Mandaleshwars (heads of Ashrams and Monasteries), as well as thousands of devotees of Sri Devpuriji, Indian Bhaktas and hundreds of disciples from all over the world of Sri Sarvabhaum Jagadguru Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda Puriji Maharaj.
On this gentle summer night, Kailash Ashram was illumined by so many Holy Saints and devoted souls. The melodious sound of Mantras and Bhajans filled the air, and the fragrance of Incense permeated the whole atmosphere like those blessed days when Sri Devpuriji himself held divine Satsang. For the benefit and peace of all Beings, the Pandits chanted Holy Mantras and hymns from the Vedas throughout the whole night until the light of dawn.
The next day, August 26, the birthday of Sarvabhaum Jagadguru Mahamandaleshwar Swami Maheshwaranandaji was celebrated according to the Indian moon-calendar. On this day he was announced as the legitimate heir of Paramyogeshwar Sri Devpuriji in accordance with the regulations of the Dasnam Sannyas Order of Sri Shankar. A traditional Ceremony was performed by sixteen Sadhus – among them such magnificent and renowned personalities as Sri Raghvacaryaji, Mahant Sri Bal Giriji, Mahant Sri Udayapuria, Mahant Sri Shankar Giriji, Shivbagh Ashram, Bola Guda and Mahant Sri Mal Puriji from Ringus.
In the same way as a King bequeaths his crown to his designated follower, a Saint or Swami relinquishes his shawl to his spiritual heir. As a sign of acknowlegment of his spiritual rank, Rajmataji of Karolyi wrapped the Holy shawl of Paramyogeshwar Sri Devpuriji around the shoulders of Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda. The Thakurs of Kailash, Khatu Shyamji as well as the Sadhus and spiritual dignitaries, also paid their respects, devoutly wrapping shawls around Swamiji’s his shoulders and flower-malas around his neck. After them, all Bhaktas and guests were given the opportunity to convey their reverent Pranams.
In keeping with tradition, a great feast took place after the Ceremony. It was a joyful and colorful picture. A festive meal had been prepared for the thousands at the Satsang – Sadhus, Pandits, Acharyas, Mahants and Mandaleshwars, spiritual aspirants, Western disciples and Indian Bhaktas. All who had come from near and far with their children and families to be a part of this Holy event. It was through Sri Devpuriji's blessing that this harmonious meeting of East and West took place. A gathering of different nations, religions, cultures and traditions united in harmony, mutual understanding and respect and even more than this - in a friendly and caring manner.
With this Ceremonious act of Acknowledgement, the Sannyas Order as well as the world Authorities, confirmed what Bhaktas and disciples have already known for a long, long time. That present within their Beloved Gurudev Swamiji, is the spiritual power, wisdom and knowledge of Sri Devpuriji, the Lord of Yoga, as well as the Eternal bliss, love and grace of Bhagwan Sri Deep Narayan Mahaprabhuji.
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