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Guru Purnima – brightest full moon in the year

768 487 Kristina Babic

Today is a great day – GURU PURNIMA, the brightest full moon in the year. Guru Purnima symbolizes the light that Guru gives you, the light that removes the darkness of ignorance.

Guru is not only a teacher or a preacher, but he is also a shower of the path, a lighthouse in your life who teaches you universal spiritual principles that are above and beyond any religion, caste, creed, gender or culture. He is a powerful conductor of universal energy who is showing you the right path toward realizing your true Self. Guru teaches you how to listen to your own consciousness and live your life in fulfillment.

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Meaning of Guru Purnima

Guru Purnima is celebrated as a day when ancient knowledge of yoga was revealed to humankind for the first time. The word Guru derives from Sanskrit word which means destroyer/dispeller of darkness. Guru removes obstacles and destroys the illusions, guiding you towards development and enlightenment.

Guru Purnima is the day of remembering and offering your gratitude towards Guru to receive his blessings. This day is celebrated in a first full moon after the summer solstice of Ashadha (July-August).

The spiritual importance of Guru Purnima

Light of the moon is nothing but a reflection of the sun. Especially on a full-moon day, the light of the sun is being reflected in its full spectrum. The shiniest full moon we can see right after summer solstice when the sun shines brightest. This is the day when we are celebrating Guru Purnima, as it also represents a reflection of light that shines within us, our Atmans (souls).

History

In the yogic tradition, Guru Purnima is celebrated as the occasion when the knowledge of spirituality and life has been passed on, from Guru to disciple, for the first time. In Hindu culture it is celebrated as giving respect to Shiva (first Guru or Adi Yogi) and great sage Veda Vyasa – the one who classified the Vedas and author of the Mahabharata.

 

Shiva- Adi yogi

In an ancient time, a great yogi – Shiva appeared in upper regions of Himalayas. Nobody knew where he came from, but everybody was attracted by his extraordinary presence and aura. He was not showing any signs of life, only occasionally a tear of joy dripped down his face. A lot of people gathered to see and be in his presence. But how time passed, they slowly started to depart. Only seven men stayed next to him. He completely ignored them, but they continue to be there. Days become weeks, weeks become months, months become years but Shiva didn’t give them any attention. After 84 years of meditation and sadhana, on a first full-moon day after the summer solstice, Shiva looked at them. They were irradiated by light and Shiva decided to give them the knowledge and thus become a first guru (spiritual teacher). Seven disciples became known as Saptarishis and took this ancient knowledge across the world.

That day, Adi Yogi Shiva opened a possibility for humankind to expand their consciousness and gain knowledge of Atman (soul) and Paramatman (universe). And from that day onwards it is celebrated as Guru Purnima.

How to Celebrate Guru Purnima?

You can celebrate Guru Purnima at your home by dedicating your time and energy for being thankful to your guru in life. Spend your day in silence, meditation, fasting and chanting name of Guru. This is the day that is very auspicious for doing your spiritual practice, therefore seize it and dive deep into yourself.

Guru Vandana – reverence to Guru

Thursday, 01-09-2019

Join us in this celebration of the auspicious month Guru Purnima! Together we will pray for blessings of Shri Guru, Shri Mahalakshmi and Shri Ganesha.

► POOJA PROGRAM
? 7 a.m.: SHRI Ganesha, SHRI Mahalakshmi and SHRI Guru HOMA
? 11 a.m.: Prayer for health, wealth, prosperity, peace in the family, development of business, harmony in the society, nation and world; prayer for rain and good harvest;
? 12 a.m. (noon): Guru Pooja & Pushparchana
? 1 p.m. onwards: Prasadam & Bhakti Sangeetha by devotees & musicians

► VENUE
Shri Nasimath (Ekata Bhavan) S. S. EKATA CHARITABLE TRUST, Hegganahalli, Peenya 2nd stage, Bangalore

Acknowledgments to all sages/rishis/gurus

From all our hearts we are very grateful to Shri Guru Dev Shivakumar Swamiji Nasimath and all the Gurus, Rishis, Sadhus and Santas who gave us the opportunity to walk on the path of realization of the soul, mind, and body. Without them, we would have never realized ourself or we would walk in darkness and sufferings.

May Shri Guru bless us with self-realization and spiritual enlightenment.

Guruji’s message for today

1. Work hard, earn well, save well and serve all.

2. First love yourself, then your family and the world.

3. Love nature and nature will give everything to you. If you save one tree, you are saving more than a million lives. By saving trees, you will get blessings from nature. Every tree has a life – body, mind and soul. Thus, save, protect and be kind to trees and they will grant all your wishes.

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Guru Vandana 2019 (01-08)

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