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.
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.
All who are initiated in any genuine tradition gravitate towards Guru Purnima – the celebration of the Full Moon dedicated to honouring the Guru. It is the Guru’s gravity pull towards which we gravitate, for even the word ‘great’ is derived from the same original verb root from which the word ‘Guru’ is derived.
The greatness of the Guru is in that he, like a mother, gestates us in the womb of his knowledge. The First Guru, HIranyagarhba, is the Golden Womb of the universe in that all knowledge dwells in that cosmic womb.
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:
Dear Fellow Disciple,
May a full moon enter your skull on the night of Guru-purnima.
A disciple is helpless when the mantras flow into his soul from the thousand udders of the cosmic sound-ocean of the Guru.
I have chosen to present them as they have appeared to honour the sacred waves that flow inwards towards us as at an auspicious and blessingsful conjunction of estrellas of grace.
Those celebrating the guru-purnima may this time take a year to daily contemplate the hidden meanings of these mantras received from the Guru.