Louix’s 59th Birthday Celebrations
We are pleased to announce this year’s celebrations to honor the 59th 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, attuning to his Divine energies that are available during these blessed days.
Normally, each year, Louix spends his birthday with his beloveds. This year, due to the pandemic, we will not be hosting events in person. Instead, we will be holding private celebrations and invite you to find your own unique ways of attuning to the blessings available during this time.
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 his essence of unconditional love more deeply.
The following is a summary of the three-day celebrations held in his honor:
Day of Reflection - December 15
"The only thing that surpasses having a profound experience of God
is the joy of sharing that experience with others."
- Louix Dor Dempriey
The first day of celebrations will consist of reflection upon the significance of having Louix's love and wisdom guiding our lives. We will reflect on the gratitude in our hearts and the joy and wonder it is to be on the path to Liberation, walking with a God-realized being.
Day of Service - December 16
The second day of celebrations will be a day of service (seva). Each year, a specific theme is chosen and acted upon by all of Louix's ashrams and centers. In order to maximize the impact of our seva upon the Earth, as well as to synchronize as one global family, we recommend that your selfless service be consistent with the overall theme.
In light of the pandemic and honoring social distancing restrictions, Prema Drala Ashram will be shopping and wrapping gifts for a local family for Christmas this year. By spending time in service to others, we also gift ourselves with the opportunity for healing and upliftment.
We encourage you to participate in this endeavor in your own way, and we look forward to synchronizing with you, wherever you are located, to create a positive impact in our communities.
Day of Bhakti - December 17
It is widely known that the two most powerful days to receive the darshan of a living Master are the day of his birth and the day of his liberation/enlightenment. This year, since Louix is unable to hold a public darshan, Prema Drala Ashram will be celebrating Louix's birthday with a private event with only the residents. His ashrams and study groups around the world will join the festivities with an evening of devotional singing, singing chants from various spiritual traditions, with songs expressing devotion to God and Guru.
We encourage each of you to celebrate with your family to join in your own night of devotional singing, or by listening to your favorite uplifting music in his honor.