Between the 8th and 12th of September 2011, the first yajna of Sannyasa Peeth took place in Munger. In the presence of Swami Niranjan and Swami Satyasangananda, the Lakshmi Narayan Mahayajna was held on the banks of the river Ganga at Paduka Darshan, performed by pandits from Tryamabakeshwar and conducted by the children of Bal Yoga Mitra Mandal.
The beginning of any spiritual event is very significant. Before anything starts, there is only potential. When that potential is initially activated, harnessed and directed into manifestation, indications are given of possible future development and capacity. If in the beginning an event is accompanied by positive signs, this indicates that the future will be auspicious, creative, benevolent, and beneficial. These indications also show the governing forces guiding and directing the event, in much the same way that an astrological birth chart shows the different planetary influences on an individual.
The guiding force of the Lakshmi Narayana Mahayajna is Sri Swamiji. If the yajna was a building, Sri Swamiji would be the architect who drew the blueprint, for it was he who envisioned, planned and gave the instructions that would bring the yajna into existence. In 2009 Sri Swamiji outlined his third vision and mission to Swami Niranjan. That vision was of sannyasa as a lifestyle whereby the expression of the positive and creative qualities could flourish for the betterment of humanity.
Following the instructions and mandate given to him, on 6th December 2010, the punya tithi of his Guru’s Mahasamadhi, Swami Niranjan established the new institution Sannyasa Peeth at Paduka Darshan, Munger. The Lakshmi Narayan Mahayajna was chosen by Sri Swamiji to be the signature program of Sannyasa Peeth and the medium by which his blessings and grace could be received for the peace, plenty and prosperity of all.
The pandits who would conduct the yajna are from Tryambakeshwara, the temple of the jyotirlingam famed for manifesting the three faces of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. This is the place of Lord Mrityunjaya, the ishta devata of Sri Swamiji. Tryambakeshwar was the place where Sri Swamiji made his sankalpa to dedicate himself to the mission of his Guru for twenty years. Bihar School of Yoga at Ganga Darshan in Munger and the global yoga renaissance is the result of Sri Swamiji’s surrender and the grace of Lord Siva. Again when Sri Swamiji renounced Munger, he returned to Tryambakeshwar where he received the instruction, “Go to my Chitabhoomi” and the vision of his second mission, Rikhiapeeth, was revealed to him. It is only fitting then, that on the dawning of Sri Swamiji’s third vision, the pandits chosen to conduct the first yajna of Sannyasa Peeth would bring with them the benevolent grace of his ishta devata Lord Mrityunjaya.
In the Puranas it is said that in the spheres above this world is the celestial path of Narayana. Above the sphere of the sapta rishis, (ursa major) is Dhruva, the pole star, the pivot or axis of the whole planetary circle. The space between the sapta rishis and Dhruva is known as Vishnupada, the splendid celestial path and abode of Narayana. This place is home to all enlightened beings, saints, siddhas and sages who are purified, radiant with the tejas of illumination and whose consciousness is interwoven with all that is, has been and shall ever be. From the abode of Narayana, they radiate their blessings and compassion for all beings. That Sri Swamiji chose Lakshmi Narayana as the yajna to be conducted at Sannyasa Peeth after his Mahasamadhi is a beautiful reminder that he is eternally present and bestowing blessings upon us all.