Yoga Vacation Program
July 14, 2022

Swami Sivananda Mahasamadhi

Krishnan Namboodiri and Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat

Join us for a special celebratory puja (prayer ceremony) to commemorate the Mahasamadhi of Swami Sivananda.

Swami Sivananda 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 his more than 300 books.

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 puja (prayer ceremony), we will celebrate and give thanks for the life of Swami Sivananda.

Offered as 1 satsang

Learn more about Swami Sivananda.

Krishnan Namboodiri is a Tantric priest from South India, trained in the classical tradition of mantras (sacred sounds), pujas (prayer ceremonies), homas (fire rituals), and yantras (sacred geometric designs). He performs many daily and special rituals for the ashram.

This program will be led by senior staff members of the ashram, all with many years of experience teaching, studying, and practicing yoga.

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