Pujya Sri Swamiji visited Seattle -September 2018

  • 04 Sep 2018 - 08 Sep 2018
  • Seattle, USA

Parama Pujya Sri Swamiji vists Seattle 

4th to 8th September 2018

 

Pujya Sri Swamiji arrived in Seattle’s Boeing airfield from Los Angeles at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, 4 September 2018. His Holiness’s visit to Seattle was ten years in the making - as He said to the worshippers gathered for His benediction at the Sri Lakshmi Venkateshwara Temple on the morning of the 5th, there was nothing accidental or coincidental about the timing of his visit. Smt Sarvani Sathish, a fourth generation devotee of Sri Swamiji, and her husband, Sri Sathish Kumar Manivannan, He said, had repeatedly entreated Him to visit, but the eventual timing of His visit was orchestrated to the nano-second to bring His grace and benediction to those most in need of it.

 

Later that afternoon Sri Swamiji embarked on a 90 minute flight tour by a Cessna Caravan wheel-plane around Mount Rainier’s 25 glaciers – the largest collection of permanent ice on a single US mountain south of Alaska - and Mount St. Helens’ 2-mile wide crater caused by the massive eruption in 1980 which became the biggest in history. After the flight tour, Sri Swamiji visited the Chihuly Garden and Glass permanent exhibition at the Seattle Center featuring Dale Chihuly’s avant-garde experiments in glass art. Those present could sense how the vibrant colour and creativity in the massive architectural and botanical glass installations on display resonated with the energy of Sri Swamiji’s presence. Sri Swamiji then took the 41 second elevator ride up 520 feet to the observation deck in the Seattle Space Needle, and walked down the Oculus Stairs to the Loupe, the world’s first revolving glass floor, with views of Seattle literally at Sri Swamiji’s feet.

 

The morning of the 6th, Sri Swamiji gave opportunity for Pada Puja to Smt.Sarvani’s family, at which members of three of five generations of Sri Swamiji’s devotees had the grace of His Darshan. He then traveled to Issaquah to bless Sri Madhava Sastry and his wife, who had had the unique privilege of hosting Sri Swamiji on His first visit to Seattle in July 1985 while he was en route to Montana from Alaska. The same afternoon Sri Swamiji cruised Lake Washington with sixty worshippers on board - which Sri HV Prasad acutely stated was a metaphor for the real cruise his devotees are privileged to undertake with Him, the journey on the ocean of samsara with Him as our compass.

 

On the penultimate day of His visit, Sri Swamiji gave public Darshan at the Redmond Senior Center to over 400 worshippers gathered there chanting Om Shivaya Rudraya Namaha and Hanuman Chalisa. The chanting was led by Sri Suryaprakash and Sri.Rahul Sista. Smt Sarvani Sathish welcomed the gathering. Her father, Sri CVS Rama Rao, a retired officer of the Indian Administrative Service, spoke stirringly of his experience with His Holiness and of the path he had traveled from skepticism to pure faith. Sri Deva Datta Sunkara, a third generation devotee, spoke of his father being a living testimony of Sri Swamiji’s healing power in the face of his battle with blood cancer in 1995 and heart disease more recently. In His discourse, Sri Swamiji drew attention to the stunning Shivalinga sculpted in ice which was set on stage and told the audience the story of why worshipping Hanuman is to worship Shiva and vice versa. The story of Gardabhasura is a lesson, He said, in why the pursuit of immortality in life is a demonic desire that is fated to be slayed like Gardabhasura was slayed by Maha Vishnu. And the worship of Maha Vishnu (in Rama avatar) by Shiva (in Hanuman avatar) and our contemporary worship of Hanuman-Shiva is the pursuit of true immortality - the immortality of spiritual experience, beyond the ephemeral nature of human experience. The pursuit of Vairagya is true experience, it’s non-pursuit is Daridra (impoverished experience). Sri Swamiji said everyone in the audience had a unique singular relationship to Him and that the time had now come to bring that relationship to fruition and assured everyone present that if their devotion rang true He would return to Seattle to give a concert for healing and meditation next year. Sri Sathish Kumar Manivannan expressed his gratitude to Sri Swamiji and spoke of the generosity of Sri Swamiji in opening his heart and mind to anyone who wished to serve Him without distinction.

 

Sri Swamiji departed Seattle for Dallas at 1 pm on 8 September 2018, having touched many more hearts with His love, all of which now appear to beat with one desire only - to welcome Sri Swamiji back in Seattle next year.

Seattle devotees receive Pujya Sri Swamiji at Boeing airport on the evening of 4th September 2018
Pujya Sri Swamiji visited Sri Lakshmi Venkateswara Temple in Redmond, Seattle on 5th September 2018
Pujya Sri Swamiji blesses devotees in Sri Lakshmi Venkateswara Temple in Redmond, Washington - 5 September 2018
During an aerial tour on 5th September 2018, Pujya Swamiji looks at the now dormant Mount Rainier in Washington state
Pujya Sri Swamiji views Mt.Rainier in Washington state
Pujya Sri Swamiji views Mt.Rainier in Washington state
Pujya Sri Swamiji views Mt.Helen in Washington state
During an aerial tour on 5th September 2018, Pujya Swamiji looks at the now dormant Mount Helen, a volcanic mountain which burst in 1980.
Pujya Sri Swamiji visited wonderful glass sculpture museum of glass artist extraordinaire, Sri.Don Chihuly in downtown Seattle on 5th September 2018
Pujya Sri Swamiji visited wonderful glass sculpture museum of glass artist extraordinaire, Sri.Don Chihuly in downtown Seattle on 5th September 2018
Pujya Sri Swamiji visited wonderful glass sculpture museum of glass artist extraordinaire, Sri.Don Chihuly in downtown Seattle on 5th September 2018
Pujya Sri Swamiji visited wonderful glass sculpture museum of glass artist extraordinaire, Sri.Don Chihuly in downtown Seattle on 5th September 2018
Pujya Sri Swamiji visited wonderful glass sculpture museum of glass artist extraordinaire, Sri.Don Chihuly in downtown Seattle on 5th September 2018
Pujya Sri Swamiji in front of the space needle tower in Downton Seattle on 5th September 2018
Pujya Sri Swamiji on the rotating glass bottom floor atop space needle tower in Seattle - 5th September 2018
Pujya Sri Swamiji blessed devotees by going on a boat ride on Lake Washington on 6th September 2018
View from the boat ride on lake Washington in Seattle on 5th September 2018
Picturesque homes on Lake Washington
Evergreen Point floating bridge as seen from boat on Lake Washington on 5th September 2018
On the boat ride with Devotees of Sri Swamiji, Sri CVS Rama Rao speaks about his personal experiences with Pujya Swamiji - Lake Washington, Seattle - 5th September 2018
Sri.Satish Manivannan, organizer of the Seattle visit of Pujya Sri Swamiji offers garland to welcome Pujya Swamiji at the public function held at Redmond Senior Center on 7th September 2018
Devotees chanted Ashrama Daily Prayer & Hanuman Chalisa and welcomed Pujya Swamiji to the public function held at Redmond Senior Center on 7th September 2018
Smt.Sarvani Manivannan, daughter of Sri CVS Rama Rao and a fourth generation devotee of Pujya Swamiji gave welcome speech
Sri CVS Rama Rao, speaks about his personal divine experiences with Pujya Swamiji. - At Redmond Senior Center, Seattle - 7th September 2018
Sri.Deva Datta Sunkara, a devotee speaks about his experiences with Pujya Sri Swamiji - Redmond Senior Center, Seattle - 7 September 2018
Parama Pujya Sri Swamiji gives discourse to devotees at Redmond Senior Center, Seattle on 7th September 2018
Parama Pujya Sri Swamiji gives discourse to devotees at Redmond Senior Center, Seattle on 7th September 2018
Devotees listen to Parama Pujya Sri Swamiji's discourse at Redmond Senior Center, Seattle on 7th September 2018
Pujya Sri Swamiji at the Redmond Senior Center in Seattle during Public Darshana program on 7th September 2018
Pujya Sri Swamiji at the Redmond Senior Center in Seattle during Public Darshana program on 7th September 2018
Pujya Sri Swamiji stands next to the ice Shiva Lingam decorated on the stage during public program at Redmond Senior Center, Seattle on 7th September 2018
Sri.Satish Manivannan gives vote of thanks and prays Pujya Swamiji to bless Seattle with a Healing music concert next year - 7th September 2018
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