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  AHYMSIN NEWSLETTER, ISSUE - August 2018 
 
   
 
   

Guru Purnima at SRSG

by Divya Gupta

“This day, the day of Guru Purnima is considered to be the holiest day for the students of life; for those that have been treading the path of light; for those aspiring to attain enlightenment in this lifetime. They remember this day and celebrate it by becoming aware the purpose of life is to attain enlightenment. This state of mind, internal state, that makes one free from all pains and miseries.”
 -Gurudeva Swami Rama, 1988.

The Guru Purnima Retreat is a 9-day period filled with pujas, festivities, mantras, yajnas, special meditations and lectures, and a subtle yet distinct loving presence at the ashram. The Guru Purnima celebrations began with Guru Puja on July 19 with Swami Ritavan Bharati, Swami Prayag Giri, and Swami Tattvananda Bharati in the Meditation Hall and the Initiation Room. What followed was a 9-day long non-stop recitation of the Guru Gita (akhanda-patha) and 9-day long yajna with the akhanda-mandalakaram mantra. The same festivities were carried at Sadhana Mandir as well.

There were many special lectures during the Guru Purnima retreat. Swami Prayag Giri introduced all the sadhakas at the ashram to the beautiful text of Guru Gita. The following days, many of us at the ashram joined the pandits to sing along this beautiful composition of Sage Vyasa of the conversation that transpired between Lord Shiva and Ma Parvati. The text is born out of Ma Parvati’s question regarding the means for liberation, followed by Lord Shiva’s exposition upon the nature of the Guru Force. Gurudeva Swami Rama has spoken many times on the nature of the Guru. He has said, “In our tradition a Guru is a messenger who imparts the knowledge imparted to him by the great spiritual teachers of the Himalayas. The purpose of a spiritual teacher and Guru is to make you aware that the Guru is with-in you and you should learn to understand life--both aspects of life within and without. Let you learn to live in the world and remain above free from all worries and bondage. Let you be aware that the center of spirituality is within you and let you be aware that the Guru is within you. Let you become creatively intelligent, serve the humanity, become good citizens, love all, and exclude none.”

We had special meditations in the Initiation Room with Swami Ritavan on most days. And, on July 26, the night before the Guru Purnima, Swami Ritavan gave a special lecture in the Initiation Room on the Guru. He talked about the importance of cultivating Sankalpa Shakti on one’s path, reminding us, “Our Gurudeva simply said, ‘Let that intention manifest as I can do it. But even more so, I will do it. I must do it.’ And so, there is a momentum that is coming from within. Knowing that that is best for you; not that it is simply an ego satisfaction…”

While talking about the Guru-Disciple relationship, Swami Ritavan shared many beautiful instances of both Swami Rama and Swami Veda talking about their own Gurus. Some of the long-term sadhakas in the Tradition shared themselves how they have felt the continuity of the Guru Lineage earlier through Swami Veda, and now through Swami Ritavan. How blessed are we indeed!

On the day of the Guru Purnima (July 27), we also had the Purnahuti for the ongoing yajna with the akhanda-mandalakaram mantra and the completion of the akhanda patha of the Guru-Gita, at both the ashrams. The same night, we experienced a total lunar eclipse. The eclipse was not visible in the ashram due to a cloudy sky; however, many felt this special full moon night, with total lunar eclipse, to be a great experience and spent much time in silent contemplation and practice…

 

   
       

The Himalayan Tradition of Yoga Meditation

Purification of Thoughts     Dhyana    Mindfulness
Japa     Dharana     Shavasana
Breath Awareness     Qualified Preceptor
Guru Disciple Relationship     Unbroken Lineage
Yoga Nidra     Silence Retreats     Full Moon Meditation

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