Guru Purnima

Here we go again. This is a festival that I could take part in if I were still in Los Angeles. I miss a diverse cultural experience. I could attend some chanting festivities at Siddha Yoga, or with the Hare Krishna’s. God I wish we had some Hare Krishna’s in Shreveport, Louisiana!  Back to my home Satsang. I just copied and pasted from Wikipedia. Have a good Guru Purnima everyone.

Namaste! (lol sorry, I love the word but it usually annoys me when westerners use it) But I know they have a good intention. So Shalom and Namaste, love and light.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Guru Purnima (IAST: Guru Pūrṇimā, sanskrit: गुरु पूर्णिमा) is a festival traditionally celebrated by Hindus and Buddhists.

The word guru is derived from two words, ‘Gu’ and ‘Ru’ . The Sanskrit root “Gu” means darkness or ignorance. “Ru” denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore one who removes darkness of our ignorance is a Guru. So Guru is most necessary part of lives.[1] On this day, disciples offer puja (worship) or pay respect to their Guru (Spiritual Guide). It falls on the day of full moonPurnima, in the month of Ashadh (June–July) of the Shaka SamvatIndian national calendar and Hindu calendar. Traditionally the festival is celebrated by Buddhists in the honor the lord Buddha who gave His first sermon on this day at SarnathUttar PradeshIndia. While Hindus celebrate it in the honour of the great sage Vyasa, who is seen as one of the greatest gurus in ancient Hindu traditions, and a symbol of the Guru-shishya tradition. Vyasa was not only believed to have been born on this day, but also to have started writing the Brahma Sutras on ashadha sudha padyami which ends on this day, hence their recitations as a dedication to him, are organised on this day, which is also known as Vyasa Purnima.[2][3][4]

The festival is common to all spiritual traditions in Hinduism, where it is dedicated to the expression of gratitude towards the teacher by his/her disciple.[5] Hindu ascetics and wandering monks (sanyasis), observe this day by offering puja to the Guru, during the Chaturmas, a four month period during the rainy season, when they choose seclusion, and halt at one selected place; some also give discourses to the local public.[6] Students of the Indian classical music, which also follows the Guru shishya parampara, celebrate this festival, around the world.[7]

2 thoughts on “Guru Purnima

  1. Lily Wight says:

    One Very Inspiring Blogger Award coming your way! Link and post coming out 10th July xx

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