Basant Panchami Satsang Series, 12-15 February 2013
All are welcome to come for the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami and take part in this most important and special program, the signature event of Ganga Darshan Yogapeeth.
“It is on this occasion that we remember the purpose for which the Bihar School of Yoga was founded – the propagation of yogic vidya, knowledge, vijnana, science and yogic sanskriti, culture.”
On this landmark Basant Panchami in 2013, we are also commemorating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the yoga movement by Sri Swami Satyananda, and invoking the grace and blessings of the cosmic power known as Saraswati for transformation and creativity in life.
In the lunar calendar Basant Panchami is the fifth day of spring. At this time the pranas that have been lying dormant in winter come to life and reactivate. People emerge from the cold season and begin to involve themselves again in the normal activities of life. This day also indicates the emergence of new life on earth – the beginning of spring.
“The important day of the Basant or spring season is the fifth, because on this day when the season is being established the power of the season emerges from dormancy and comes alive. This energy or force is symbolized in the form of Saraswati. The seed sprouts, the shell breaks open, and the power of Saraswati emerges and sprouts forth.”
Basant Panchami is the time when the Saraswati power, the creative power, is most active in pranas, in consciousness, in nature, and in the cosmos. It is the time when the total environment and energies, both cosmic and material, become conducive to the growth of life. Spring represents the growth or the emergence of life, and Saraswati is the power behind this growth, this creation and this existence, and she also represents knowledge. Basant Panchami is therefore dedicated to Mother Saraswati, the energy or shakti of learning, understanding and wisdom, of the arts and sciences, of expression and creativity in life.
“Any knowledge or understanding that is gained in life is due to the grace of this cosmic force called Saraswati.”
In the system of Dashnami sannyasa, we belong to the Saraswati tradition. Sri Swami Satyananda once said that the purpose of the Saraswati tradition and its sannyasins is only one: to preserve knowledge for posterity. Therefore, Mother Saraswati is also worshipped by those in the Saraswati sannyasa tradition.
Program and Satsang
From 12th-15th February, Sri Yantra Aradhana will be conducted at Ganga Darshan Yoga Peeth according to the traditional tantric system. The Sri Yantra is the symbol of the highest cosmic power or shakti. This worship or aradhana of the Sri Yantra during Basant Panchami for the awakening of consciousness is a major event. The daily program will also include havan, with bhajans and kirtans by the children of Bal Yoga Mitra Mandal.
Each morning, there will be the opportunity to participate in the havan conducted by Swami Niranjan and his satsang. During the afternoon, HH Swami Girishananda Saraswati of Saket Dham, Jabalpur, the Chief Guest of the Basant Panchami program, will give discourses in Hindi on yogic and bhakti topics from Srimad Bhagavatam.
These programs are a rare and important opportunity to receive the grace and blessings of guru. Inspiration is re-ignited through spending time in guru’s presence, and the continuing journey of discovery is aided through hearing the ancient teachings of the tradition brought to light and elucidated in a practical, understandable and applicable way.
50th Anniversary of BSY Foundation Day
Basant Panchami 2013 is a particularly significant and auspicious occasion, as it marks the 50th anniversary of the Foundation Day of Bihar School of Yoga. It was on this day fifty years ago in 1963 that Sri Swami Satyananda founded the yoga movement, with the purpose to propagate the science, the knowledge, the lifestyle and the subject of yoga throughout the entire globe.
Thus the celebration of BSY Foundation Day also signals the commencement of the year-long commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of BSY and the yoga movement. The celebrations will continue throughout the year with many special programs, culminating with the momentous World Yoga Convention from October 23rd to 27th.