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Date Posted: 16:44
Author: Almir - 8 Mar 2001
Subject: The Mahasamadhi Of A Great Master

It was March 9th, 1936, a Monday afternoom. In the Karar Ashram at Puri, Swami Shriyukteshwar called out to his disciple, a young monk, “Narayan! Narayan!” Narayan, who was always present at the feet of his master, came to him. Shriyukteshwar declared, “It is my time to depart from the world, Narayan! Today I will leave this body!”Hearing this Narayan was greatly disturbed and could not control his sorrow. Shriyukteshwar repeated, “Can you get me a glass of water?” Narayan quickly brought a glass of water, but as he gave it to the master it fell down on the floor.

Shriyukteshwar remarked, “Have you noticed how I am being separated from you Narayan? But do not be upset. Your love, service and devotion to the Guru are beyond comparison. I was very contented with your service. Our relationship is truly eternal.”

Dusk fell and the day was about to pass. The sun was setting. Shriyukteshwar called on a person named Krutivasa and said, “Krutivasa! immediately go the Puri railway station and ask Prabhasa to inform Yogananda, who is now in Calcutta, that I am leaving my body this evening. He can come to Puri by the night train. It is my time to depart.” (Prabhas Ghosh was a cousin brother of Paramahamsa Yogananda and an executive officer in the railway department. In those days there were no direct telephone connections and messages had to be sent from station to station. As soon as Prabhasat Kharagpur received the message he informed Paramahamsa Yogananda and made all arrangements for his journey to Puri on the same night). But Yoganandaji was not informed about the declaration of Shriyukteshwar of leaving his body.
Sitting on a small bed in lotus posture, Shriyuktwshwar asked Narayan to hold his chest and back with two hands. Narayan followed the master’s direction. The great master and yogi went into deep meditation. His body seemed calm and sedate. A mild vibration passed from his heart to the fontanel producing a divine sound resembling the ‘Om’ sound. As that sound merged into the cosmic sound, the great master left his gross body and the body became a little stiff. Not noticing this, Narayan continued his massage.

In the meantime, Krutibasa returned from the railway station. Swami Narayan asked him to sit near the master and himself went to fetch a doctor disciple by the name of Dr. Dinakar Rao, who lived next door to examine the master. After a thorough examination the doctor declared that the master must have left his body about half an hour earlier.

– Swami Prajnanananda, in “Swami Shriyukteshwar – Incarnation of Wisdom”, Copyright © 1999 Prajnana Mission, India – All rights reserved

From Paramahansa Yogananda to Rajarsi Janakananda, August 6, 1936:
“This morning I put one of the small boys, a companion of Swami Sri Yukteswarji, into trance, and I called Guruji, and he came. The boy consciously saw him, talked with him. Guruji was pleased to come, was smiling and blessed me, and he told me he would come whenever called. The boy was filled with joy; and we were lost in happiness. Through all, Master was similing. It wasa real experience, it was most thrilling. A few who were with me in my room were translated with ecstasy.

There are two individual dissolutions or ‘floods.’ First the partial dissolution of sleep and second, the bigger dissolution of death. (1) The partial dissolution of sleep every day dissolves the daily picture of life; unconsciously, the soul realizes its invisible blessed nature. (2) Death is a bigger dissolution in which the soul first finds out that the body is only a shadow, a picture played on the screen of the cosmic cinema house. Both of those above processes are unconsciously imposed upon man. tHerefore yogis learn to produce partial dissolution and the bigger dissolution consciously by *pranayama,* switching off the life force from the sensory and motor nerve, muscles, lungs, heart, spinal cord, seven plexuses, etc. In order to destroy the false reality of the body and its surroundings, and to behold this body and world as pictures, and to understand the invisibility and real nature of the soul, the yogi must be able to produce the partial dissolution – Sanskrit *khanda* (partial) *pralaya* (dissolution) and *mahapralaya* (bigger dissolution) at will. *Mahapralaya* is the way Master went.

Please practice these two states – of sensory-motor *samadhi* with heartbeat and sensory-motor relaxation *samadhi* without heartbeat – and you will know this universe as God’s cosmic cinema house. Please realize this. I am living a little in this world for this work, but mostly I am creating partial and bigger dissolutions. So this universe is actually a picture show to me, and you and I are God’s loved players.”

– “Rajarsi Janakananda: A Great Western Yogi”, Copyright © 1996 Self-Realization Fellowship, p. 124-5.

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