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Chapter 3 – Blessing the statues of the Kriya Masters
July 20th, 2007

Paramhansa YoganandaLast week, Thursday, July 12, the statues of the Kriya Masters were blessed with a wonderful ceremony at Hansa Mandir where we hold Sunday services and daily morning meditations.

Swami Kriyananda conducted the dedication ceremony for the statues at Hansa Mandir, Ananda’s community temple. He spoke simply and devotionally about how Divine Grace can be drawn from the objects of worship by the power of our love and how our devotion will further activate this energy within these objects. I spoke at length with the sculptors during their visit here and they told me about the ceremonies performed to bless and energize these statues prior to shipping them to us. That was why many of us could immediately experience deeper meditations from the first day they appeared in the Hansa Mandir.

A slide show was placed on the ananda website which beautifully portrays the statues and this blessing ceremony. you can view it here.

Lifting Paramhansa Yogananda Statue with hoistWhile the smaller 24 inch statues each weighed close to 200 pounds and were easy to move, the larger 42 inch statues required some heavy lifting. Fortunately our crew was creative and borrowed an half ton engine hoist which allowed us to lift it up 18 inches very easily. Stop by next time you visit Ananda Village to spend some time in meditation with these beautiful works of art. They will bless us all for centuries to come.

Previous posts on this: Chapter 1, Chapter 2. Email me if you want more photos.