Homage to Guru

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

Namo Narayan

Today we are meeting here to pay our respects to Sri Swamiji who is our Guru and the light of our life. At midnight on this night one year ago, he attained Maha Samadhi. This was not a sudden decision, rather it was predestined. Sri Swamiji was waiting for an opportunity. He had said many times, “I am waiting to leave this body, but I am not going to leave it until I get my return ticket. I do not want emancipation, moksha, or any personal satisfaction which comes with spiritual enlightenment. My aim and aspiration in this and in all future lives is to help others. To wipe the tears of suffering and pain from the eyes of every person who is seeking solace, peace, plenty and prosperity. That is the only purpose of my life.”

Sri Swamiji lived this sankalpa all his life. Even before he came to his Guru, Swami Sivananda it was this thought which guided him. Swami Sivananda was also searching for the right person who could carry forward his vision to serve others. Our Guru, Sri Swami Satyananda identified completely and totally with the vision of his Guru and fulfillment of that became his sole aspiration.

Sri Swamiji created Rikhiapeeth, where Serve, Love & Give, the three cardinal teachings of Sri Swami Sivananda could be lived. Through service, love and giving it becomes possible to realize the oneness of spirit. We all seek divine intervention and desire divine grace in our life. We all look for inner strength, encouragement and inspiration to succeed and become fulfilled in life. Sri Swamiji showed us the way through service, love and giving.

Over and over again Sri Swamiji has told us that he is a heart surgeon and his surgery is done on the heart to remove the blocks which make one selfish and self orientated. By removing the blocks, the heart opens up and connects with all the people who are searching for solace and grace. The way to remove blockages and open the heart,is not through asana or pranayama, hatha, raja yoga or any other yoga but througha transformative process of overcoming personal limitations and expressing ones positive nature through service, love and giving.

This is the way to explode one’s inner spirit. We all talk of spirit, but we have never seen, realized or known it. Yet we know it is within us. We exist because of spirit but we are not connected to it. We are connected with our mind, and we experience the responses and reactions of the mind in the form of need, craving, desire, aspirations, in thoughts, and emotions. But these are not the qualities of spirit.

Our Paramguru Swami Sivananda has said that the qualities of spirit overpower the nature of the mind. The mind has no meaning in front of the power of the spirit. This spirit it is not realized through meditation, but through connecting with each and everyone. Siya Ramamaya Saba Jaga Jani.

To our Guru and Master who has given us everything, and shown us how to live life properly, today we express our heartfelt sentiments with a sankalpa. We shall walk the path you have shown, we shall not falter, nor shall we lag behind. Sri Swamiji is not present with us in body, but he lives within us in the form of inspiration and that is his greatest gift. He lives inside each one, in the form of a fiery inspiration to become creative andexcel in life, to connect with our environment, to bring happiness, peace and to share our joys with everyone. Sri Swamiji has given us this trust and we shall fulfill it.

We bow our heads in thankfulness to this great personality. We are truly fortunate, to have lived in an age when there was a person like Sri Swamiji. We have not seen Christ, Rama, or Krishna or Buddha, we have only heard about them. But we have had the fortune to see Swamiji, to laugh with him, to sit with him, to listen to him, and to receive his grace. In him is the greatness that was in Rama, Krishna, Buddha, and Christ. In Sri Swamiji is the peace of Buddha, the compassion of Christ, the clarity of Krishna, and the balance of Rama.

His grace and inspiration, love and compassion is what we seek. The prayer of our hearts is:

“Oh Guru, guide us to fulfill your mandate, inspire us to walk the path that you have shown us, give us the strength to complete the journey which we have undertaken and always be with us in our heart, mind and thoughts, so that we can never go astray.

Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwara, Guru Sakshat Param Brahma, Tasmai Sri Guruvae Namah”.