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Thursday Satsang In Person and Via Zoom: Remembrance of the Mahasamadhi of H.H.S. Swami Rama of the Himalayas – November 16, 2023



New Time – 5:30-6:45 p.m.: Gentle Hatha Yoga with Susan Guthrie

7:00-7:30 p.m.: Guided Meditation with Swami Radha Bharati

7:30-8:30 p.m.: Commemoration of Māhasamadhi of H.H.S. Swami Rama

8:30 p.m.: Recording of Swami Rama chanting AUM

8:40 p.m.: Snacks

Program Schedule

This year, we celebrate the 27th anniversary of Swami Rama’s MahaSamadhi. Gurudev left his body on November 13, 1996 in his apartment at the HIHT campus. He was surrounded by his close disciples. A special program (in person and via Zoom) for Thursday’s gathering will be presented as follows:

Please join Swami Radha, Emilio Bettaglio, and Chris Young for a special Swami Rama Mahasamadhi celebration on Thursday evening. After a guided meditation by Swami Radha, there will be a flower Havan with the following sankalpa:

An expression of deepest gratitude for Swami Rama’s presence in our lives, for the Guru lineage and wisdom, and for the oral tradition.

Havan Program:

  • Purification and Sankalpa
  • 11 Recitations of  Ganapati Mantra
  • 108 Recitations of Akhanda Mandala
  • 3 Recitations of OM Shreem Gurave Namaha
  • 1 Recitation of Purna Ahuti

Read the mantras here.

After the Havan, a video entitled “Portrait of a Himalayan Master” will be played, followed by recordings of Swami Rama reciting the poem “At Thy Lotus Feet,” and then Gurudev Swami Rama chanting “Guru Brahma.” 

There will be a few minutes of time for community sharing of thoughts / memories of Swami Rama.

Join The Meditation Center Community either in person or via Zoom on November 16th, to remember and honor the life and work

of H.H.S. Swami Rama

Post from Swami Veda’s Blog

“In 1996, this fully enlightened Master and representative of the ancient lineage of yogis left his body. His memorial today is in the hearts of his disciples and students who carry his work. He is most remembered for his great love for all and the magnetic power of his spirit, such that as he walked, one felt pulled to follow behind him. The full impact of his legacy will be realized perhaps in a century.”


Gurave namaḥ.

Parama-gurave namaḥ.

Parameṣhṭhi-gurave namaḥ.

Paramparā-gurubhyo namaḥ.

~ Swami Veda Bharati ~

On the First Maha-Samadhi Anniversary of H.H. Swami Rama

Published: 13 November 2015 | Written by Swami Veda Bharati

On the First Maha-Samadhi Anniversary of H.H. Swami Rama
Phone Address by Swami Veda
The Meditation Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
November 2, 1997


The days become sacred when a sacred being imparts a special grace or energy to the forces in the universe. All the annual cycles of celebration and commemorations are built around those occasions. In our present day society and thinking, the human being is no longer a unit in the universe; he views himself as something outside the universe, trying to control the universe as an outsider. This view is incorrect, we are part of the universe, the energy and life that flows through us is the same one through whose rhythms and waves, all the planets, stars, constellations, breath patterns, respond. That enlightenment is not an individual event; it is a cosmic or ultra-cosmic event. The coming into body of a sacred being, an enlightened being, also is not an individual event. It is not something over which only the immediate physical relatives rejoice; it is something of universal importance. It is a universal event. It is beyond the category of the birth of planets. It is said that when an enlightened being sits for his final enlightenment session all the saints, past Buddhas, and enlightened ones attend upon him. And thereafter, his rhythms are not the rhythms of an individual. Those of us who were fortunate to see the Master walking, who recall at times walking with him and feeling as though we paced together with the universal force, with some unseen, unknown magnet – those of us who experienced that phenomenon will never forget it, because it was not an individual but the condensation, the convergence of an unknown number of universal forces passing through that particular space, time, matter coordinate that we call an individual.

I’ve said, “The days become sacred.” Those of us who have been taught to be in tune, even to a minor degree, to be attuned to those rhythms, to the beat to which a master walks, find that on those sacred days, certain special waves touch us. These are not the waves of a physical energy, but rather something happens within the consciousness. We do not realize that it is all synchronized, that the events of consciousness are synchronized with the events in the universe. Or rather, to put it more correctly, the events in the universe are projections of the events in consciousness… (an excerpt)