[This article was previously published in the AHYMSIN Newsletter, May 2018.]
Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Ashram Pramukha addressing residents preparing for:
40-day Festival of Spiritual Peace: June 18th – July 27th 2018
Maha-samadhi of Swami Veda Bharati – July 14th
Guru Purnima – Full Moon 27th July 2018
Guru Brahma...Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah;
As we gather in this sanctuary, in this sacred place of beauty and peace, gather with sentiments (bhava) of respect, shraddha-faith, and joy, we reflect of the presence of Guru.
When devotion has matured in the fires of tapas, tempered in the flames of sadhana, a gem is formed. A pure heart is the gem of the saintly world, a loving mind, the gold of the saintly alchemists. This aspiration and sankalpa for a life well-lived are the gifts we humbly honor at the Guru’s feet.
We gather in celebration to embrace the subtlety of this presence, the beauty of this wisdom, and faith in this mandate -- "share with the world the pure form of meditation and only initiate into the same."
We gather to give witness -- that our relationship with the Yoga Meditation Tradition, a Living Lineage, should be absolutely pure, selfless, and carry the Guru-Shakti of self-transformation and spiritual awakening.
Today, we remember (smriti), today we reaffirm our faith (shraddha), today we embrace our sankalpa. Today and every day, our lives are dedicated as we daily recite “tasmai shri Gurave namah”; in performing our duties selflessly, and through the mindful intention: -- "Let Each Person Feel Loved." This fulfills our debt to Gurudeva, and to our beloved Swamiji, and assures a wholesome life with contentment (santosha) and joy.
NOW for a moment of Silence…
Om; shreem gurudev namah;
Swami Ritavan Bharati,
(dough now baking in Guru's oven)
Links for reference: Annual 40-Day Spiritual Festival