July 5, 1990
I pray to the Divinity within you.
This day of Guru Purnima is a great day which is considered to be a spiritual day to celebrate the reverence to the noble heritage of the spiritual knowledge. This day makes the aspirant aware that the light of knowledge is eternally flowing, and overflowing internally and externally both. This day reminds us not to be caught by snares of the charms and temptations of the world, but to discharge one's own duties selflessly, lovingly and skillfully. And do not forget that the aim and purpose of life is to attain enlightenment. It is a great day for the spiritual seekers, and it is enjoyed traditionally by all aspirants who follow the tradition of spirituality.
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.'
In the past years Swami Veda Bharati was traveling internationally and would always celebrate Guru Purnima at The Meditation Center in Minneapolis, USA.
Now he has begun a five years vow of silence (mauna-vrata) and will be in residence at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in Rishikesh, India, for Guru Purnima this year.
These are sacred days in succession. Buddha-purnima, full moon celebrating Buddha’s enlightenment around June; guru-purnima, full moon celebrating and honouring the universal guru and the individual guru, around July; rishi-purnima, the full moon celebrating the rishis, the ancient sages of yore through whom the knowledge of the Vedas was revealed, around August.
The Guru Purnima video is ready for viewing.
Please forgive the technical difficulties we endured that occurred due to equipment failure a few moments into the talk by Swami Veda and the rest of the Swamis at the Ashram.
The video was taken in Minneapolis at St. Marion's Church across the street from The Meditation Center.
Here is the URL for the video: just click on the line below the text: