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Emergency Alert: Floods in Orissa, India Published on September 12, 2011 Over One Million People Affected A flood this week in the Indian state of Orissa has directly affected over one million men, women, and children. 60,000 have been evacuated. With ever-increasing flood waters, many more will be left without shelter and food in coming days. The Prajnana Mission is on the scene, distributing emergency food packages and helping to procure shelter for those hardest hit by the disaster. Many of the survivors receiving assistance from the Prajnana... more
Revered Daya Mata Mahasamadhi Published on December 2, 2010
2010 Balashram Trek Published on February 15, 2010 June 27 - July 6, 2010 This year the fourth Balashram trek will take place in the beautiful Dharamsala area of the Indian Himalaya and we are delighted to announce that our beloved Paramahamsa Prajnanandaji will be joining us again this year. This year’s trek combines trekking among awe-inspiring Himalayan scenery with visits to the beautiful temples of this region and gives us time to meditate in the morning and evening. Our treks to date... more
Balashram Trek Published on April 2, 2009 October 8-17, 2009 This year we will be trekking in the beautiful Garwhal region of the Himalayas renowned as the source area of the sacred Ganga. The Himalaya is the center of spirituality, meditation, and natural beauty since time immemorial. The source of the Ganga and its valley are considered holy, auspicious, and good for meditation. The natural beauty of the snow-peaked hilltops, green forests, and waterfalls are a breath-taking experience... more
Initiations at Hariharananda Gurukulam Published on March 1, 2009 The 23rd of February, 2009, the auspicious day of Maha Shivaratri (the great night of Lord Shiva) was a scene of great spiritual events at our Hariharananda Gurukulam. Several initiations into the path of brahmacharya and sannnyasa were conducted at the Gurukulum under the direction of Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji. The two-day event was a grand and colorful ceremony, following all the prescribed rites of the Giri order. Brahmachari Initiations Ten... more
Swami Gurupremanandaji Burial Ceremony Published on February 6, 2009 After the passing of Swami Gurupremanandaji on February 5, 2009, her mortal body was taken from Cuttack to Jagatpur Ashram and then onwards to the Balighai ashram, with a stop for darshan at Jagannath Temple in Puri. Upon arriving at Hariharananda Gurukulam, where her body was to be laid to rest, many devotees came to pay their respects and have her last darshan. Her body was then carried in a procession of devotees to Gurudev Paramahamsa Hariharananda's... more
Swami Gurupremanandaji Giri has breathed her last Published on February 5, 2009 With deep sadness we announce that Swami Gurupremanandaji Giri breathed her last breath today, 5th February, 2009 at 1:25 p.m. IST in Cuttack, Orissa, India. During her householder life she gave the world the most beautiful gift, Triloki Dash, who later became Paramahamsa Prajnanananda. She was his model of love and compassion. She always had loving words for everyone., and lovingly embraced all who came to her. Her sparkling eyes and her beautifull... more
Orissa Flood Update Published on October 9, 2008 October 5th 2008 Death toll rises in Orissa floods Officials report that some 4.2 million people in Orissa have been affected by floods triggered by monsoon rains. More than 500,000 people have been evacuated from the worst-hit areas.The Mahanadi River has breached its banks in several places, sweeping away motorways. The floods have also ravaged the states of West Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Assam. The Repair and renovation of... more
Devastating Flood Affects Orissa, More than 500,000 Displaced Published on September 23, 2008 Incessant rains have been pounding Orissa over the last several weeks, causing the swelling water of the mighty Mahanadi River and its tributaries to overflow its banks. Vast areas of Orissa have been engulfed, claiming at least 29 lives and affected about four million people in 18 of the state's 30 districts. Of these, more than 500,000 people have been displaced from their villages. Over 300,000 people have been evacuated and are staying in high-rise... more
Revered Swami Chidanandaji, A Bright Star of Spirituality Published on August 28, 2008 Revered Swami Chidananda Saraswati, a long-time friend and associate of our beloved Gurudev Hariharanandaji, left his mortal body on the 28th of August, 2008 at 8:12 pm IST. He was the disciple of worshipful Swami Shivananda Saraswati, the founder of Divine Life Society, Rishikesh, India, and succeeded as the president of Divine Life Society in 1963. Revered Swamiji was considered as the spiritual ambassador of India and traveled far and wide on... more
Balashram Ladakh Trek Begins Published on July 19, 2008 Preliminary activities for the Balashram Ladakh Trek got underway today, with participants departing from London on a flight to Delhi, India. Some trekkers had gone to India earlier to participate in the Guru Purnima program presided over by Paramahamsa Prajnananananda at Hariharananda Gurukulam in Balighai.Tomorrow they all will meet in Delhi and prepare for their departure on Monday morning. The participants will see breathtaking views that are... more
Guru Purnima Message Published on July 18, 2008 Loving and Divine Soul, May God and gurus bless you all on the special day of Guru Purnima. I am sending my love and prayers to all of you from Gurudev’s temple at Hariharananda Gurukulam, Balighai, India. Guru Purnima is a special day in the life of a seeker. It falls on the full moon day, usually in the month of July. This day commemorates the birth of the great sage Maharshi Vyasadev, who edited the Vedas and authored countless scriptures... more
A Guru Purnima Blessing Published on July 18, 2008 The Unveiling of a New Web Site Loving and Divine Soul, On this most auspicious day, we offer our newly remodeled Kriya Yoga Web site to God and gurus. Many of Baba’s divine disciples have requested various changes to the site over the past few years, and through Baba’s divine hand, a new Web site is delivered to us all on this day of Guru Purnima. Please visit the site at and enjoy the new design and features. Some of the more significant changes... more
Outpouring of Love in Response to English Trainer Need Published on July 17, 2008 On June 5, 2008, an e-mail request went to friends of Hand in Hand across the globe to determine if anyone might be available to assist the Balashram staff with increasing their level of spoken English. The response has been even greater than anticipated, with many people offering to help in so many wonderful ways. The people of Prajnana Mission are filled with gratitude for the generosity of all who are responding.
An Opportunity to Serve Children in Need Published on June 5, 2008 English Trainer for the Hariharananda Balashram Residential School Dear Friends of Hand in Hand, As of April 2008, there are now three primary classes at the Hariharananda Balashram Residential School, located in a rural area of Orissa, India. Since Hariharananda Balashram is an English medium school, with all classes being taught in English, the demands for the students to be proficient in English are growing. To better assist the students in this regard, the Indian teaching staff and caretakers are also in need... more