Those who show us the light?
Guru Purnima is called the day of the Master
However, it is truly the day of the Devotee [supporter, enthusiast].
It is the new year for a spiritual seeker and also the day to reflect on the journey of the past year. And to be grateful. Gratitude is a quality ingrained in us that we often forget to express. This full moon is a day of celebrating the fullness in our life and within us, and expressing that gratitude.
– Art Of Living
When we stand in our power and light…
Giving thanks to all those who show us the light! It’s not a teacher but the ones who are enlightened to show us how to light our own paths – as we move through our lives and navigate the pathways so that we are open and receptive to our light and have stepped out of our shadows…
Guru Purnima is celebrated on the first full moon after Solstice, in the Hindu month of Ashad / Ashadha (July-August).
It honours the lineage of enlightened teachers.
Guru Purnima is celebrated as the day that Shiva became the Adiyogi (first yogi) when he transmitted the first yoga teachings to his disciples
The day also honours the sacred memory of the saint who edited the Vedas – texts, Maharshi Veda Vyasa.
It’s considered an especially beneficial day to practice yogic techniques such as meditation and puja.
Traditionally, students may wash the feet of their gurus.
The word “guru” in Sanskrit is translated as “dispeller of darkness.”
Guru Purnima is an opportunity for seekers to offer gratitude to the lineage of gurus and to receive their blessings.
Gurus may be honored as an external reminder to look to the inner guru.
“In Indian culture, Guru Purnima was always recognized and celebrated as the day when new possibilities opened up for the human race. For a spiritual seeker, this day is like a boon from nature.” (Sadhguru).
Source: Yoga Central
Can you take a few moments to reflect on the below questions?
- What does dispelling darkness mean to you?
- Is it a feeling within, a knowing, a journey…
- What teachings are you grateful for?
- What learnings in your life have given you momentum to shift and change?
- Not necessarily an easy teaching but something you really learnt from?
- Is the impact still noticeable in your life?
- Are these teachings pivotal in your direction in journey in life?
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