Swami Kriyananda conducted the dedication ceremony. 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. The sculptors, during their visit here, told us about the ceremonies performed to bless and energize these statues prior to shipping them to us. Which was why many of us could immediately experience deeper meditations from the first day they appeared in the Hansa Mandir.
While 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 used a half ton engine hoist which allowed us to lift them up 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.
The larger statues remain at Hansa Mandir which is open early mornings for meditation and can be opened by request to the Village office. The smaller 24 inch statues reside at the Ananda Meditation Retreat in the Temple of Silence.