The 9th Mission Day anniversary of Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam was celebrated grandly on 01 January 2012 with participants from 1068 locations in 324 cities from over 40 countries participating in the Mahasatsang, both at the International Headquarters in Bidadi, Bengaluru as well as online from around the world.
The day started with the offering of respects to the ancient sacred banyan tree, and worship at the Nithyanandeshwara Temple in the Bidadi ashram. This was followed by a royal palanquin procession. Defying the limits of space and time, a traditional pratyaksha pada pooja and beautiful arati were simultaneously performed by thousands of participants worldwide through two-way video-conferencing. This included devotees sitting in the 28 Vedic temples established by Paramahamsa Nithyananda worldwide.
In 37 locations around the world, guru mudi was offered by devotees who undertook a 21-day vrata (spiritual disciplines) prior to the event. 1008 types of naivedyam (food offerings) were made by devotees around the world. Many spiritual, social and religious activities were organized by the various Nithyananda ashrams worldwide.
Paramahamsa Nithyananda’s 2012 message
Delivering his 2012 Mission Day address, Paramahamsa Nithyananda observed with reverence that although Nithyananda Mission is only 9 years old, it represent the glorious 90,000-year-old Vedic tradition.
Paramahamsa Nithyananda observed that the Vedic lifestyle is deeply connected with temples – from the birth of a child, to marriage, to even death. Today, thanks to Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam’s efforts worldwide to revive the authentic Vedic tradition, more than one crore (ten million) people from 13 religions have already learnt and are practicing the science of Vedic tradition beyond the boundaries of religion, culture and language.
Declaring the Mission Statement for 2012 as ‘Explode in Enlightenment’, Paramahamsa Nithyananda urged devotees and followers worldwide to live a conflict-free life, expressing both the energy to realize one’s dreams in reality, as well as the intelligence to let go of dreams that are not in tune with reality.
The occasion was graced by the revered Sri Sri Sri Jagadguru Shantiveera Maha Swamiji, the pontiff of Kolade Matha, the oldest religious math in Karnataka state. Speaking on the occasion, Sri Swamiji asked the devotees to be fearless soldiers of the honored tradition.
New releases on the occasion included the ‘Sponsor a Child for eN-Education’ project, the Spanish translation of Paramahamsa Nithyananda’s book, ‘2012 – Truth, not just prophecy’ and the launch of the mobile application ‘eN-Connect Anywhere’ available on the Android, iPhone and iPad platforms.
Other celebrities who arrived to pay their respects included popular Tamil cinema comedian Singamuttu, who humorously recounted recent events including the 2G scam, as well as the Secretary of the Vijaya Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, Sri Ravikumar.
Speaking to mediapersons on the occasion of New Year, Paramahamsa Nithyananda said that every New Year is an occasion for us to look in. Every year presents us with the opportunity to raise ourselves consciously and spiritually, and prepare ourselves for the ultimate life with yoga, meditation and devotion. This is the real purpose of celebrating New Year.
Devotees also offered pushpaanjali, offering huge quantities of flowers at the feet of Paramahamsa Nithyananda. A cultural program was presented by devotee and popular cine artiste Sri Mohan Vaidya and group.
The morning’s celebrations closed with darshan and individual blessings from Paramahamsa Nithyananda for all