Join us for an exquisite spiritual commemoration of the full moon birth anniversary of HH Swami Hariharananda Paramahansa, the monastic master of HH Swami Vidyadhishananda. Be in the saintly presence of HH Swami Vidyadhishananda on this auspicious occasion and listen to Veda-ghoṣa (Sanskrit mantra chanting by Vedic priests) followed by classical music, sublime chanting and devotional songs in honour of the great spiritual master. Feel the peace of guided meditation and receive the blessings of a darśan line and vespers offered by Swami Vidyadhishananda.
Listen to a special discourse to learn about the mysterious descension of Swami Hariharananda – how he was the avatāra of Twastā – one of the twelve forms of Sun God. Be transported to Swami Hariharananda Baba’s years in Puri’s Karar ashram where he would become a spiritual giant. Learn how Tryambaknath (Mahavatar Babaji) conferred blessings to him and how this was largely responsible for his realization. Listen to stories from the time he spent with his satguru, HH Swami Sriyukteshwar, during a three year+ period from 1932. Hear about his close association with three great disciples of Swami Sriyukteshwar, namely, Swami Satyananda, Swami Narayan and Swami Yogananda Paramahansa. See rare video footage from his teaching years and learn about his wisdom teachings.
Paramahansa Hariharananda was born on an auspicious combination of a full moon on a Monday, during the early morning. His birth date of 27th May 1907 is on Vaiśākha purnimā also popularly known as Buddha purnimā, as the great Gautama Buddha was born on this same Vedic soli-lunar calendar day. Swami Hariharananda’s birthstar of Anuradha naxatra (a lunar asterism) accorded him a sweet endearing voice with a feminine quality, typical of males born under this star. Incidentally, he closed his life also during Anuradha naxatra but this time on a new moon evening.
A vegetarian lunch prasāda (gluten free and mostly vegan) will be offered.
Program Schedule with HH Swami Vidyadhishananda
10:00 am – Check in & Opening
10:15 am – Vedic Chanting, Classical Music & Devotional Singing
11:15am – Satsanga & Meditation
1:15 pm – Lunch Prasāda and Darśan line
3:00 pm – Closure of Program
Travel & Flights
We heartily welcome out of town guests for this special occasion. We recommend flying into Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) which is about a 30 min drive to the venue. Car rental may not be necessary, but could be helpful. When feasible, rides may be provided by local area devotees.
Guests should book their own overnight accommodations at a nearby hotel, hostel or AirBnb. For more affordable options, we recommend Airbnb, which connects you with locals who have rooms or houses to rent out. Please visit airbnb.com to search for available rooms and houses. If you would like to stay in a hotel or Airbnb room with others, we would be happy to connect you with other devotees interested in room shares. Please contact our Chicago Seva Team ([email protected] or 630-216-9361) for assistance in connecting with roommates.
Donations (Daxina) & Sponsorship
If you wish to make a charitable, tax-deductible donation to support this program and the Nonprofit’s curriculum, there will be an opportunity to do so during registration or in-person at the fellowship. If you wish to sponsor portions of the program, such as the meal or venue rental cost, please contact our Chicago Seva Team for details ([email protected] or 630-216-9361). Your loving support and daxina is greatly appreciated.