Birthday Commemoration Service
for Swami Sri Yukteswar
The service includes prayers, chants, readings, meditation and the flower ceremony. Those who attend bring a flower as a symbol of devotion to Paramahansa Yogananda and a donation in an envelop as an expression of loyalty to the SRF path. Since flowers are gifts for God, please keep them in your hands or on your lap rather than on the floor. Also, please do not smell your flower because even its scent is part of your gift to God.
* Commemoration services are primarily intended for SRF students or other devotees who regularly attend SRF services. However, all are welcome who are familiar enough with SRF teachings to appreciate the significance of the Guru–disciple relationship and to participate in the service with sincerity and reverence.
The Vibration of Blessing
The vibrations of blessing during special services are much stronger than on other days in the year, because in the astral world, also, a celebration is taking place. If you participate in this ceremony with sincerity and devotion you will reap spiritual benefits and will find your high resolutions strengthened.
Swami Sri Yukteswar
Swami Sri Yukteswar was born on May 10, 1855, at Serampore in Bengal, India. Sri Yukteswar was a disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya and attained the spiritual stature of a Jnanavatar, or incarnation of wisdom. It was to Sri Yukteswar that Paramahansa Yogananda came as a youth. Of his guru Paramahansa Yogananda said: "His every utterance was chiselled by wisdom. . . . The essence of truth, all-pervasive with even a physiological aspect, came from him like a fragrant exudation of the soul.. . . His feet were firm on the earth, his head in the haven of heaven." Under Sri Yukteswar's spiritual training and discipline, Sri Yogananda was prepared to begin his worldwide mission in the West. Sri Yukteswar named Paramahansa Yogananda sole heir to his spiritual mantle and ashram properties.