Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati took Mahasamadhi on December 5th, 2009 in Rikhia, India. He was a great disciple of Swami Sivanananda of Rishikesh, a Guru to thousands and the founder of the Bihar School of Yoga among other prominent and beneficial institutions.
Paramahamsaji brought many practical and authentic Tantrik teachings to people around the world through his teaching centers and numerous books. Later in life, he performed an ancient, multi-year Tantrik fire ceremony – the panchagni. When he completed that arduous sadhana, he handed over the lineage to his successor, Paramahamsa Niranjanananda Saraswati.
Subsequently, Paramahamsaji embarked on a great expansion of the charitable works of the lineage. He became a more pronounced proponent of Bhakti, and undertook the economic and social upliftment of 50,000 villagers in and around Rikhia. Two recent movies have documented the annual Sat Chandi festival at Rikhia and the unique and thoughtful manner in which charitable works are carried out by the lineage.
Although I never met Paramahamsaji in person, his writings, especially his early books on the Guru-disciple relationship, shaped me profoundly. He also helped me at several crucial moments in my life through dreams and in other ways.
Now is a wonderful time to meditate on this great Guru, to offer your prayers for his future unfolding, and to open to the never-ending flow of Guru’s grace.
In Ma’s love,