It is with great joy and excitement that we announce this year’s celebrations to honor the 48th birthday of Louix Dor Dempriey (Bhagavan Sri Pranananda). Each year, disciples and devotees around the world hold a three-day celebration as an expression of our gratitude for his presence in our lives and on this planet, and to attune to his Divine energies that are available to all on this hallowed day.
Each year, Louix spends his birthday with his beloveds in a different part of the world. This year, Louix will attend his birthday celebrations at Sundara Aravinda Ashram in Melbourne, Australia. His ashrams all over the world will host various events and gatherings, which all are welcome to attend. To begin each day of celebrations, Louix’s ashrams will perform an aarti ceremony. During these three days, many people also choose to fast or abstain from particular habits, as an act of devotion.
To invoke Louix’s presence during this auspicious time, you may wish to create a sacred space in your home, which can include an altar with his picture and other adornments upon it, or a special chair decorated with fabrics. Cleansing your home by burning sage or incense, or ringing bells, is a powerful way to increase sacredness during the celebrations. You can also invoke Louix into your dreams and meditations to experience more deeply his essence of unconditional love.
To help you commune with him during this special time, we offer this free downloadable portrait of Guruji.
The first day of celebrations will be dedicated to serving others. You may choose to offer service to a family member, a friend, someone whom you have taken for granted, or a group in your local community in need of assistance. You may also choose to serve Mother Earth by participating in Louix’s Global Clean-up Project or Forests of Fruit initiative.
"I live forever in your heart and shall forever light your way."
- Louix Dor Dempriey
The second day of celebrations will consist of inward reflection upon the significance of having Louix's love and wisdom guiding our lives. On this day of introspection, we set aside time to rekindle gratitude in our hearts, and rediscover the joy and wonder it is to be on the path to liberation, walking with a God-realized being. Journaling our thoughts and reflections, as well as sharing these with others, are excellent ways of deepening these blessings.
Louix's birthday will be celebrated with a festive night of bhakti (devotion), as we express our love for Louix with an evening of Devotional Singing—a public event which will be hosted by his ashrams and study groups. We will invoke his presence with songs and chants from many spiritual and cultural traditions. If you are unable to attend this event, you may celebrate by inviting friends and family to join in your own night of devotional singing or listening to your favorite uplifting music in His honor.