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When a soul transitions from the physical plane, a new journey begins.

While we may often see death as an end, Sai Maa teaches us that it is simply a passing of the soul from the physical vehicle into higher dimensions of consciousness. This transition, and how it takes place, is crucial in determining the evolutionary process of the soul. What happens during and directly after death has a significant impact on where the soul will be guided in its next phase of evolution.

Sai Maa has created the Celebration of Life Ceremony to serve souls in transitioning with grace, peace, and accelerated upliftment into higher dimensions of evolution.

This is accomplished through ancient Vedic end-of-life ceremonies, together with Sai Maa’s unique energetic work to lovingly embrace and guide the soul in its continued journey.

The Vedic tradition of India holds a wealth of knowledge, including specific mantras and rituals, to usher a soul through the passage of physical death, uplifting its energy and purifying its karma to raise it into an elevated state.

It is our honor to offer this sacred service to assist you in planning your end-of-life ceremonies, as well as organizing ceremonies for those dear to you who you wish to celebrate and serve after their passing.

What is the Celebration of Life Ceremony?

The Celebration of Life Ceremony is a series of specific Vedic ceremonies offered to bless and serve a soul after death. The ceremonies are held over four days at the Sathya Sai Maa Shaktidhaam Ashram in Varanasi, India. They are performed by Vedic priests and energetically presided over by Her Holiness Sai Maa.

The Celebration of Life Ceremony is offered in honor of one soul, at any time up to 12 months after death. A designated representative, traditionally a close family member, must travel to India with the ashes of the departed to participate in the ceremony.

The 4 Stages of the Celebration of Life Ceremony

Ashes Puja

The first rituals performed include the recitation of mantras as the ashes are ceremoniously blended with five sacred elements and then offered to the holy Ganges river. This first stage is the act of returning the body to the earth and infusing it with the light of Mother Ganga.

Symbolic Acts of Charity

The first day continues with a ceremony that includes the ritualistic offering of 18 symbolic items on behalf of the departed soul. This final act of charity of the soul in this life serves to cleanse the soul’s karma.

Vishnu Sahasranam Yagya

On days two through four, yagyas (sacred fire ceremonies) are performed, uplifting the soul into the higher realms through the recitation of the thousand names of Lord Vishnu. The yagyas infuse the soul’s energy and karma with the vibration of divine consciousness.

Celebratory Bhandara Feast

The Celebration of Life Ceremony culminates with a bhandara, or feast, offered in the name of the departed to the Vedic priests and hundreds of local community members, including children and people of all ages. In the Indian tradition, feeding others is seen as a great act of service or karma yoga. This final celebratory stage of the ceremony is offered as the last act of the soul on this plane to bring joy and fulfillment to others.

Personal Experiences of the Celebration of Life Ceremony
These testimonials, from those who have organized Celebration of Life ceremonies on behalf of their loved one, give a deeply moving glimpse into the power of serving another soul in this way.
Jivan Das Maharaj
Kerstin Schoen

Celebration of Life Ceremony Cost & Registration

The cost of the Celebration of Life Ceremony is $5,500. This includes the 4 days of ceremonies and all of the necessary materials.

This cost does not include any expenses associated with the transportation of the ashes to India, nor travel or accommodations for the representative traveling to India with the ashes.

Organize for a Loved One
If you wish to know how you can organize a Celebration of Life Ceremony for someone who has passed away, please contact us at support@sai-maa.com. Due to the current travel ban to India, we are not offering Celebration of Life Ceremonies at this time, however the ceremony can be performed for up to 12 months after death.
Include in Your Estate Planning
If you wish to plan for a Celebration of Life Ceremony for yourself, please read the information below on how to include it in your estate planning. Please note, we do not take registration for future ceremonies, only for those who have already passed away.
Alternative Ceremonies for the Deceased
If you wish to honor someone who has passed over 12 months ago or whose ashes you don’t have access to, you may sponsor a Yagya for the Deceased. This yagya serves the evolution of that soul, and can be particularly powerful for those who experienced a traumatic death, such as suicide or murder.
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    Listen to a powerful discourse by Her Holiness Sai Maa on serving the soul’s evolution beyond death.

    How to Include Celebration of Life in Your Estate Planning

    Sai Maa has repeatedly emphasized the importance of freeing ourselves in life by preparing for our death. If you are contemplating including a Celebration of Life Ceremony in your estate planning, please consider these important points:
    • Plan for a Cremation
      The ashes (or a portion of the ashes) of the departed are required to perform a Celebration of Life Ceremony, therefore the ceremony is only available for those who choose to be cremated. The cremation can take place anywhere in the world, after which the ashes will need to be brought to India. Please note: someone must bring the ashes to India; they cannot be shipped.
    • Designate an Executor and Representative
      You will need to designate a person or multiple people to organize the preparation for the ceremony including: overseeing the cremation, transporting the ashes to India, and being the representative during your ceremony.
    • Allocate Funds
      From a karmic point of view, it is best for the funds for the Celebration of Life Ceremony to come from the finances of the deceased or a close family member. Sai Maa encourages us to set aside funds now to cover all associated costs of whatever end-of-life services we may choose. If you choose to allocate funds for a Celebration of Life Ceremony to be performed in your honor, you are encouraged to also consider the additional costs of travel and accommodation for your representative. Please note that the cost of the ceremony is subject to change over time.

    Download a complete checklist of the details you will need to specify, in order to include the Celebration of Life Ceremony in your estate planning.

    Important note: The Office of Sai Maa will only take registration for a Celebration of Life Ceremony once someone has passed away. If you choose to make plans for this ceremony to be offered after your passing, the required action is to include it in your estate planning. There is no need to inform the Office of Sai Maa at the time of planning.

    “It is possible to allow one to leave this plane peacefully, by chanting the Divine name of God, by reading the scripture, or by evoking a holy moment.”

    – H.H. Sai Maa

    Yagyas for the Deceased
    One of the most powerful and important ways we can serve those who have left the body is a Yagya for the Deceased. The yagya serves to clear discordant energies within the soul’s lineage such as abuse, illness, poverty, or obstacles to spiritual evolution. This clearing increases the potential for present and future generations of that soul’s lineage to enjoy a more coherent and aligned life experience. For a traumatic death, the yagya serves to clear the karma of the soul.
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