Guru Purnima 2015 for AHYMSIN Sangha

Akandamanadala akaram,
Vyaptam yenachara acharam,
Tatpadam darshitam yena,
Tasmai shree gurave namah.

'That brilliant solar orb which permeates all entities and beings of the universe and this
person, to Him Who by His Grace has brought that solar orb into my vision, my homage.'

To That Gurudeva:

"Narayanam namaskritya,
naram chaiva narottamam
devim Sarasvatim vyasam
tato jayam udirayet."

"Bowing to Deva Narayan, as well as to Nara (the ideal human),
to Devi Saraswati, to Sage Vyasa, we commence the glorification of the Guru."

'The offering is to Guru,
Guru is the offering,
The offering is made into the fire (tapas) that is Guru,
The offering is made by Guru,
Through samadhi all actions are transformed by Guru.'

(popular meal prayer from Bh.Gita 4:24, adapted)

Swami Rama would say in his talks, "Sacrifice means giving all the best that one has." It is as if the sadhaka consciously becomes the "gu-ru", the en-lighted personality, and transcends ego-based motivation and desire; thereby no longer bound by the effects of the fruits of action. Such a transformation changes the course of one’s personality and life. Such a life exemplies the greatest virtues, living with purpose, living for others with compassion and kindness.

“What can I do in gratitude to my Guru but give you love in this form.”
— Usharbudh Arya, GuruPurnima - 1990.

Now, the form has changed. What remains in our minds and hearts is 'smrti'.

When sentimental memories are transformed into sankalpa - resolves, mind carries the teaching presence as life-lessons - intentions for purposeful living. In this coming year, practice this adaptive recitation of the above prayer so that it takes on a new meaning.

Let all your actions become the sacrificial offering consuming your ambitions to become Guru's "light-of-love". Resolve that your memories will become intentions that transform your life. Re-read Sadhana as Applied Spirituality, and let the words of Swami Veda again come alive in your heart.

Swami Ritavan Bharati
at the lotus feet of Gurudeva
SRSG - Rishikesh

Editor’s Note:

Sadhana as Applied Spirituality can be read at