ANNOUNCEMENT

ANNOUNCEMENT

Jun 09

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT   To all members and Devotees of the Divine Life Society, Malaysia, Branch.   The Committee of Management, Divine Life Society, Malaysia Branch with  a heavy heart hereby inform all members and devotees the sudden passing away and Samadhi of His Holiness, Revered Sri Swami  Guhabhaktananda Saraswathy Maharaj, President, Divine Life Society on May 2 2013 at 11:02pm in Penang Hospital. Swamiji had a massive heart attack while on his visit to the northern DLS branches on a collective spiritual retreat. Swamiji’s mortal remains arrived at our Holy Sivanandashram, Batu Caves at 8am on May 3 2013 and was placed on a bed of floral decoration at the ground level of Pranavananda Bhavan, Yoga Block for dignitaries, disciples, devotees and the general public to pay their last respect and homage. In spite of minimal and late media coverage, thousands thronged the Ashram throughout the day with a continuous flow of people who made their way to pay their last respect. The hall was packed with devotees reciting Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, Kirtans, Gurudev’s Nama Smarana and continuous singing of holy hyms in complete dedication. At 3.30pm Swamiji was gloriously placed on a beautifully decorated palanquin canvas, wrapped with saffron cloth and shoulder carried by devotees around the ashram up to the front entrance of the main prayer hall, for Arathi at Gurudev’s Murthy. At 4.30pm Swamiji was gently placed into a Mercedes hearse, escorted by uniform police out riders on a procession to the Petaling Jaya crematorium. The crematorium was packed with people. The cremation was carried out with Vedic – chanting, Mantras, Thevarams and rituals befitting a Sanyas. Daily prayers for Revered Swamiji continued at Sivanandashram and sub-branches until the 16th day Sodashi. The Sodashi ceremony was held on 17 May 2013 began with prayers in the morning, procession to Batu Caves Murugan Temple followed by paduka puja and lunch. In the evening, prayers and tribute to Revered Swamiji was held in a grand manner with a gathering of approximately 500 people. The memorial speeches were delivered by H.H. Swami Swayamjayanandaji, H.H. Swami Karunyanandaji, Br. Prem Chaitanya and Sri P Balashamugam. On May 13 2013, Sri A Perinpacumarasamy(Senior Vice–President), Dr Kumarajah, H.H. Swami Samyamanandaji, Br. Brahma Chaitanya, Sri Gnanaguruparan and many other devotees took the mortal ashes of Revered Swamiji Maharaj to Sivanandashram, Rishikesh. Ceremonial rites were performed at the Sivananda Ghat before consignment of the holy...