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Mahasamadhi Celebration

of our beloved Gurudev Swami Lakshmanjoo

Join us online to celebrate the Mahasamadhi Celebration of our beloved Gurudev Swami Lakshmanjoo. All are warmly welcomed to this free event regardless of their familiarity with Kashmir Shaivism. Register below. 


Date: Monday, October 2, 2023 India time and date. (evening Oct 1st Pacific time!)
Time: Swamiji’s Mahasamadhi Havan ceremony will begin at 6:00 am INDIA TIME! 
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Length: Approximately 3 hours 
Location: This online event will be broadcast from Kashmir, India during our fall retreat.
Cost: Free
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About the celebration

We're happy to announce the Mahasamadhi Celebration of our beloved Gurudev Swami Lakshmanjoo. We are taking a group to Kashmir on Oct 1-12 to and will broadcast the Mahasamadhi from India the day before our four-day study retreat at the birthplace of Kashmir Shaivism.

Swamiji left his physical frame, on September 27, 1991. Since that time, each year, we joyously celebrate his Divine life and remember him by performing a traditional “Havan” or “Fire Ceremony” along with worship and the recitation of sacred hymns.

On the four days following Swamiji’s Mahasamadhi Havan, the Fellowship will hold its bi-annual four-day study retreat. For more information about the retreat, click here.

It is a blessing for us to share this wonderful and holy day so please join us. Swamiji’s Havan celebration and retreat are always uplifting and memorable events.

Feel free to contact us with questions here.

Jai Guru Dev,
John Hughes and the Universal Shaiva Fellowship



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What is Mahasamadhi in Kashmir Shaivism?

In Kashmir Shaivism, Mahasamadhi refers to the ultimate state of spiritual liberation and union with the divine. It is considered the highest form of attainment in this tradition.

The term "Mahasamadhi" is derived from two Sanskrit words: "Maha," meaning great, and "Samadhi," referring to a deep state of meditation or absorption. It is a profound state of consciousness where the individual soul merges with the universal consciousness, realizing its inherent divine nature.

In Kashmir Shaivism, Mahasamadhi is not seen as the end of life, but rather as a state of transcendence while still in the physical body. It is considered an enlightened departure from the mortal realm, where the individual consciously chooses to leave the body behind and merge with the absolute reality, often referred to as Shiva or Shakti.

Practitioners of Kashmir Shaivism aspire to attain Mahasamadhi through rigorous spiritual practices such as meditation, self-inquiry, mantra recitation, and the awakening of Kundalini energy. The goal is to transcend the limitations of the individual self and merge with the supreme consciousness, realizing the oneness of all existence.

Mahasamadhi is seen as a state of ultimate freedom, liberation from the cycle of birth and death, and the experience of eternal bliss and unity with the divine. It is considered the culmination of the spiritual journey in Kashmir Shaivism, representing the union of the individual soul with the supreme reality.

Recordings of previous events:

In October 2023 we attended the Mahasamadhi in Kashmir with a group of people for our annual fall study retreat and pilgrimage to Kashmir.

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