Full Moon Fire Ceremony and Sitar Concert
Celebrating the bountiful blessings of the Light of Guru
We cordially invite all seekers of the Truth on the path of fire and light to join us to celebrate and rejoice in the wisdom and blessings of the sages. Guru Purnima is the occasion when students revisit their teachers to rejuvenate their sadhana (spiritual practice) and to receive inspiration and further instruction on their spiritual journey. Guru is a universal force of light, always available to help correct our ignorance and cure our dis-ease. True happiness, therefore, can be obtained by reflecting that light of gurualready within, through our mind, action and speech. Yoga science teaches the earnest seeker to “include all and exclude none.” If the outer guru, in the form of a person or experience, reflects the truth and light of the inner guru, the advice is to be heeded and served in thought, word and deed. If a suggestion from the outer guru is not in harmony with the inner guru as reflected by the purified discrimination of buddhi, the advice is to be honored and lovingly rejected, with gratitude — for your teacher has just taught you what not to do.
In service, with love — Leonard and Jenness
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Long time ago, there were four elderly men who were seeking answers. The first one was miserable and he wanted to know how to get out of his misery. The second one wanted more progress and success, and wanted to know how to get that. The third one wanted to know the meaning of life. And the fourth one had all the knowledge but still he lacked something, and he did not know what that was.
So these four people were wandering for answers and they all landed up in one place where there was a Banyan tree. Under the Banyan tree, a young man was seated with a big smile on his face, and suddenly all of them thought that this person could give us the answer. The same thought came to all of them from within that this person is going to solve my problems, and so all four of them sat there and they got their answers. The young man who was sitting under the Banyan tree with a smile did not say a word, yet all of them got what they wanted.
This is the first story of Guru Purnima. That was a full moon day, and that is how the Guru Parampara (lineage of the Guru order) started. All these four elderly people became Gurus.
They all got what they wanted:
- Misery was gone
- Abundance and happiness arrived
- The seeking stopped
- The knowledgeable one got a Guru to express himself
That fourth man had everything, he had all the knowledge but he did not have a Guru to connect to. So the inner connection to the Guru happened. That’s why Adi Shankaracharya said, “Mouna Vyakhya prakatitha, para, Brahma thathwam yuvanam”. (Meaning: I praise and salute Dakshinamurthy (The first Guru), who explains the true nature of the supreme Brahman through his state of silence).
Symbolism of the story
In the story, the teacher is young because the spirit is always young, whereas the students are old. There are so many similes associated with this. Seeking makes you old. Seeking for the world, or for liberation, or for anything, makes you old. So the disciples were old, and the Master was young.
What is the symbolism of the Banyan tree? A Banyan tree grows on its own. It does not need anybody’s care or protection. If the seed of a Banyan tree gets inside the crack of a stone, where there is not much water, it will grow there also. All it needs is a little mud and very little water. Sometimes it does not need even that. And a Banyan tree gives oxygen all the time. This is one tree that gives oxygen 24 hours. So the Banyan tree which only gives, symbolizes the Guru Principle.
Guru means the one who removes darkness, misery, loneliness, lack, and brings abundance, because lack is only in the mind. So the Guru removes the lack and brings freedom.
Guru Purnima is a day to be thankful to your mentors and teachers. Click below to know more about this wonderful tradition.
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