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After establishing Saraswata Sangha, SriSriThakura derived utmost satisfaction by initiating the practice of celebrating the annual congregation (Sammilani). He deigned to grant to his disciples the privilege of having an easy access to him. America Saraswata Sangha has been celebrating annual congregation, different Festivals in year and weekly .

Sammilani

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After the Self Realization of Being the "SaddGuru", Srimat Swami Nigamananda Paramhansadev engaged himself in the onerous responsibility of spiritual upliftment of Common man's life through prayer and religious exercises . He also composed the books like Yogiguru, Jnaniguru and so on, published the monthly magazine 'Aryadarpan' the literary medium of the everlasting religion and set up monasteries, religious homes and associations. But still he did not derive complete satisfaction.

Eventually on the occasion of his stay at Gambhira of Kashidham, when he stayed there for the occasion of "KumbhaMela" he felt the inward urge for holding the Sarbabhouma Bhakta Sammilani (summit conference of his votaries). From that place he wrote to his devoted disciples -

"It is known to my intimate disciples that I desire a convention of devotees to be held each year in separate places during the Christmas holidays. This practice should be initiated this year. Hence I have decided to hold the first conference at 'Kokilamukh Saraswat Math' . The 11th, the 12th and the 13th day of the month of Pous have been fixed up as the dates for holding the conference. Hence you should reach Kokilamukh on the 10th day of Pous. You must attend this conference by leaving aside all preoccupations however important they may be. I hope that you will abide by this order of mine with genuine interest unless some accidental mishap prevents you from doing so." - Swami Nigamananda 

He derived utmost satisfaction by initiating this practice of holding the summit conference of his devotees. He deigned to grant to his disciples the privilege of having an easy access to him. The three principal objectives of the conferences of devotees are: 

  • Formation of ideal household life (Adarsha Grihastha Jiban Gathan)
  • Consolidate the power of corporations (Sangha Saktir Prathistha) and
  • Interchange of spiritual experiences (Bhaba Binimaya).

The mission of Srimat Swami Nigamananda Paramhansadev is to establish universal brotherhood by harmonizing all religions and preaching the message of the everlasting in a non-communal way and to endow humanity with the supreme gift of realizing the fundamental essence of the soul.

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The true nature of Sammilani is summarized in these words of SriSriThakura - "Bhakta Sammilani is a personification of evolution of collective feeling of the devotees. Here, 'bhav' (divine feeling) of one individual completes the 'a-bhav' (lack/deficit) of another. I intend to bestow on you absolute Joyfulness; the Sammilani is instituted with this objective alone. I wish, the spirits of universal brotherhood be established in the hearts of my disciples and devotees; and subsequently, find its expression in the whole of the human beings. There hasn't been an effort like this, earlier, in our country to organize such Spiritual Conventions." Here,in the Sammilani the individual 'ego' cannot help losing out in the expanse of the 'collective self' . 

He also said in one of this Bhakta Sammilani  "Even if I would not have done anything on this Earth, This "Sammilani" would have been enough to hold his Memory in the society forever."

Shri Shri Thakur always held Sammilani as a substance very dear to his heart. He used to say" - It gives me immence pleasure when I see that you came from far places to my sammilani to make it successfull. If you love your "Thakura" you cannot sit idle without coming to Sammilani".

This type of Sammilani or Spiritual Gathering apart from Kumbha-mela, was first introduced in India by ShriShriThakura.

In every Age, a society needs ideal human beings for its actual progress. Everywhere in the world the absence of true human beings is continued to be felt across the spiritual, social or political spheres. For the complete awakening of the society and the country as a whole Swami Nigamananda Deva had instituted this 'Sammilani' of devotees or enthusiasts for the reinforcement of the ideals of: Ideal Family Life, Establishment of Sangha-shakti and Bhav-binimaya (Right Communication of ) amongst the people. His Ideal of spiritual progress, that's "Attaining Jnana or true knowledge through Seva or service" is practiced in the arena of the Bhakta Sammilani in many ways than not.

The Bhakta Sammilani achieves the great objective of instilling an unmatched feeling of togetherness while helping all in inner-progress with the support from each other.

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Now a days these Sammilani/s are being held three different levels, nation wide celebration , celebration by Bhaktas (devotiees) of Odisha (India), and celebration of by America Saraswat Sangha.

Jayaguru

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"Bhakta Sammilani is a personification of evolution of collective feeling of the devotees. Here, 'bhaav' (divine feeling) of one individual completes the 'a-bhaav' (lack/deficit) of another. I wish, the spirits of universal brotherhood be established in the hearts of my disciples and devotees; and subsequently, find its expression in the whole of the human beings." - Swami Nigamananda

America Sammilani 2009

America Bhakta Sammilani

Grand celebration by all bhaktas reside in America.