Swamiji's 81st Birthday Celebrations 2016
On Sunday 24th January devotees of the great yogi, Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj celebrated His birthday. Celebrations occurred around the world.
In the Dehradun Ashram the celebrations started with puja and homa attended by priests and local devotees joined by some from many parts of the world. The commemoration then continued in the Darshan Hall upstairs with many bhajans enthusiastically sung blessed by the benign presence of Shri Shivarudra Balayogi Maharaj (Shri Babaji)
After the bhajans Babaji then gave the following message on this auspicious day, which was also read out at the Bangalore ashram, where many devotees had also gathered.
"Offering my unconditional surrender and prostrations with deep love and reverence at the lotus feet of our beloved Shri Guru Maharaj Shivabalayogi Swamiji, I greet you all with my love and blessings.
As we all, devotees of Shri Shivabalayogi Guru Maharaj, celebrate His 81 birthday all over the world, 24 Jan is one of the most sacred, auspicious days for all of us. Shri Swamiji did vigorous 12 year Tapas for sake of all us and to protect this world. If Adivarapupeta was His birth place and where He did His great Yuga Tapas, also He attained Mahasamadhi by dropping His physical body, Shri Guru Maharaj made Bangalore centre of His worldwide activities by establishing Shri Shivabalayogi Maharaj Trust as His head quarters. He established ashrams in different parts of India and world as well. He established ashrams on the request of devotees and for devotees' sake so that they come and do sadhana of Dhyana and Bhakti. He blessed devotees by initiating them in to dhyana sadhana, gave blessed vibhuti to remove their difficulties and blessed them spiritually in every way. He exhorted devotees to do meditation sadhana to know themselves. He blessed all, without any discrimination of caste or creed. He respected all religions as equal and honorable. After dropping physical body Shri Swamiji continues to give experience of His presence with us in various ways and is constantly guiding all of us to spread practice of spirituality and sadhana.
After Shri Guru Maharaj's Mahasamadhi devotees have been working all over the world in various ways guided by Shri Swamiji. Smt Laxmikantammaji, an ardent devotee of Shri Swamiji, worked as Chairperson of Shri Shivabalayogi Maharaj Trust, Bangalore very dedicatedly guiding the mission. Shri AU Singh Deo belonging to the Patna Royal family and illustrious son of revered Mataji Kailash Kumari Devi of Patna, served as Chairman of Our Trust, helping the mission to march forward. Presently Shri AU Singh Deo is advisor of our Trust. Our outgoing most respected Shri KB Vishwanathji took over from Smt Laxmikantammaji on her request in the capacity of working Chairman. He and his wife Akkavva have guided the mission to great heights and did lot of all round development of Shri Swamiji's mission by giving their precious time and energies. Shri Vishwanathji's work will always be inspiring for coming generations of trustees and devotees. Shri Vishwanathji has accepted our invitation to remain as Patron of our Trust and has assured all cooperation to guide.
We choose Shri D Rambabu to take responsibilities of our Swamiji's Trust and be our new working Chairman. A long-time ardent devotee of our beloved Shri Swamiji. With honesty and hard work has risen to achieve great respectable status in the society. Has vast experiance in administration. I want you all to welcome him as our new working Chairman and cooperate. I extend my greetings and best wishes to all trustees and devotees. May Shri Guru Maharaj keep showering His choicest blessings upon all of us to keep serving Him forever."
Jai Shivabalayogi and blessings to you all,
At the lotus feet of Shri Guru Maharaj,
Photos from Dehradun Ashram