22rd July 2013
The full-moon day in the month of Ashada is the extremely auspicious and holy day
of Guru-Purnima. On this Ashada Purnima Day, sacred to the memory of the great sage
Sri Vyasa Bhagavan or Sri Krishna Dvaipayana, Sannyasins settle at some place to
study, do Vedantic Vichara, and discourse on the thrice-blessed Brahma Sutras composed
by Maharshi Vyasa. Sri Veda-Vyasa has done unforgettable service to all humanity
for all time by editing the four Vedas, writing the eighteen Puranas, the Mahabharata
and the Bhagavata. We can attempt to repay this deep debt of gratitude we owe him
only by constant study of his works and practice of his teachings imparted for the
regeneration of humanity in the iron age or Kali Yuga. In honour of this divine
personage, all Sadhakas and devotees perform Vyasa Puja on this day; aspirants worship
their Guru. Mahatmas and Sadhus are honoured and entertained, and acts of charity
done by all Grihastis with deep faith and sincerity. Chaturmasa for Sannyasins begins
from this day. Sannyasins stay in one place during the rainy season for four months,
study the Brahma Sutras, and practise meditation.
Significance Of The Holy Guru-Purnima Day
Mark fully the deep significance of this great day. Ashada Purnima heralds the Chaturmasa,
or the setting in of the eagerly awaited rains. The water, drawn up and stored as
clouds in the hot summer, now manifests in plentiful showers that usher in the advent
of fresh life everywhere. Even so do you all begin seriously to put into actual
working all the theory and philosophy that you have stored up in you through patient
study. Commence practical spiritual Sadhana right from this day. Generate fresh
waves of spirituality. Let all that you have read, heard, seen and learnt become,
through Sadhana, transformed into a continuous outpouring of universal love, ceaseless
loving service and continuous prayer and worship of the Lord seated in all beings.
As the day of Guru-Puja or worship of one�s preceptor this is a day of pure joy
to the sincere aspirant. Thrilled by the expectation of offering his reverent homage
to the beloved Guru, aspirant awaits this occasion with eagerness and devotion.
It is the Guru alone that breaks the binding cords of attachment and releases the
aspirant from the trammels of earthly existence. The Sruti says: �To that high-souled
aspirant, whose devotion to the Lord is great and whose devotion to his Guru is
as great as that to the Lord, these secrets explained, become illuminated.� Guru
is Brahman or Isvara Himself. He guides and inspires you from the innermost core
of your being. He is everywhere.
Behold The Entire Universe As Guru-Svarupa
Have a new angle of vision. Behold the entire universe as Guru-Svarupa. See the
guiding hand, the awakening voice, the illumining touch of the Guru in every object
in this Creation. The whole world will now stand transformed before your changed
vision. The Virat Guru will reveal all the precious secrets of life and bestow wisdom.
The Supreme Guru, manifest in visible Nature, will teach you the most valuable lessons
of life. Worship daily this Guru of Gurus, the Guru who taught even Avadhuta Dattatreya.
The silent all-enduring earth with its lofty forbearance, the shady fruit-bearing
tree with its willing self-sacrifice, the mighty Banyan tree (Pipal) reposing with
patience in the tiny seed, the dripping drops whose persistence wears away the rocks,
the planets and the seasons with their orderly punctuality and regularity are divine
Gurus to him who will look, listen and receive.
Purify And Progress
Become a personification of receptivity. Empty yourself of your petty ego-sense.
All the treasures locked up in the bosom of Nature will become yours! You will have
progress and perfection in an amazingly short time. Become pure and unattached as
the mountain breeze. As the river flows continuously, steadily and constantly towards
its goal, the ocean, by moving every moment of your life towards the Supreme State
of Existence-Knowledge-Bliss, let all your thoughts, all your words, all your actions
be directed only towards the Goal.
The moon shines by reflecting the dazzling light of the sun. It is the full-moon
of Purnima-Day that reflects in full splendour the glorious light of the sun. It
glorifies the sun. Purify yourself through the fire of service and Sadhana, and
like the full moon, reflect the glorious Light of the Atman. Become the full reflectors
of Brahmic splendour, the Light of lights. Make this your goal, to become a living
witness to Divinity, the brilliant Sun of suns!
Tat Tvam Asi
Brahman or the Supreme Self alone is real. He is the Soul of all. He is All in all.
He is the Essence of this universe. He is the Unity that never admits of a duality
under all the varieties and diversities of nature. Thou art this immortal, all-pervading,
all-blissful Brahman. Thou art That�Tat Tvam Asi. Realise this and be free.
Remember the four important verses of the Brahma Sutras:
(i) Atha-Ato Brahma-Jijnasa�Now, therefore, the enquiry into Brahman.
(ii) Janmadyasya Yatah�From which proceed the origin, etc.
(iii) Sastra-Yonitvat�The scriptures being the means of right knowledge.
(iv) Tat Tu Samanvayat�But that because It is the main support.
On the day of Guru Purnima, disciples introspect, and resolve to offer pujan and
reverence to the Guru in mind, action and speech; implicitly obey his unvoiced wishes,
commands, serving him as one would God and lauding his glory and redemptive attributes.
Every year, the Guru Purnima Festival, in the presence of Gurudev Shree Shree 108
Yogi Shree Santosh nath ji is celebrated with devotion and enthusiasm at "Maa Aatia
Ki Dhuni" ashram Near Haldi Ghati Udaipur(Raj.) India. An assembly is held wherein
Bhajans and discourses by Gurudev and devotees emphasize and sing the glory of the
Guru. The festival is finally crowned with Gurudev's blessings and Darshan