Guru Purnima 2020
Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh, India
svaha - svaha - svaha:
a fire burns within,
a sacred yajna honoring the light of knowledge,
the guru within, above, below, on all sides,
the very source of peace happiness and bliss - danda-pranam.
a fire burns to the back as dharma, the righteous way of truth, svaha;
a fire burns to the front, the fruits of all actions, svaha;
a fire burns above, the illuminating guru enlightening, ever-present, svaha;
a fire burns within, flame of desire, urge of moksha...the offering made....
In that final svaha, ghee and spiced-herbs, thoughts and prayers, samskaras and ignorance - all is offered to the Guru, svaha.
That Guru of liberating wisdom in silence response:
your sacrifice of surrender, burning the knots of bondage, letting-go of attachments, now, Come to Me.
Delight in discipline, strength in respect, liberation in ishwar-pranidhana,
now, Come to Me.
Reason cannot see, attachments cannot hold, samskaras will not bind,
now, Come to Me.
To that Guru that is Vasudeva, the indwelling illumination of the heart-cave,
my oblations of self, sacrifice of ego, surrender of ignorance;
You alone are the source of my inner strength, my determination, my all.
On this Full-moon of Guru Purnima, aspire, decide, and practice, become the flute through which the winds of Guru's Breath will sing an eternal song of Love.
Yours in danda-pranam, to the paduka, the feet of Guru.
We are reminded that since this annual event began in 1983, we have accrued an abundance of wealth for every beautiful thought is worth saving. We have saved a small treasure enhancing the treasures of non-violent, beautiful, and beneficial sentiments. During the festival, we are reminded to renew the spiritual focus of our life. And with the challenges we have all experienced through the Covid-19 Pandemic, it is of utmost importance to again cultivate the soil of mind to become abundant in/with the fruits of kindness and compassion for all. What we have done together as sangha and kalyana-mitras in the past years have awakened the transforming energies of emotional purification and pure spirituality to remind us of our goal and purpose of life.
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[Editor's note: An update on this article can be read by clicking on "Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama during Lockdown."]
Namaste and Greetings.
We at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) are remembering all our AHYMSIN Sangha members around the world at this present global coronavirus situation. As the World Health Organisation (WHO) and many nations have announced the situation as a global pandemic, everyone is concerned regarding their health and safety. Under these extraordinary circumstances, extraordinary measures are being undertaken by the governments, institutions, communities for the larger interest.
My very dear souls
My prostrations to the Divine Master.
Some of us are witnessing for the first time in this lifetime what a pandemic is and what is currently being spread by the Corona virus.