Today the Full Moon on Monday, July 26th, is the festival day honoring the Guru. Your first Guru is your mother. It doesn’t matter if you have or don’t have a mother at this time. It doesn’t matter if the relationship was good or not. What matters is this force of the mother that has brought us into this world. The guidance and love of this same force contained in the being of the mother is what is important. This Guru in yoga then is that force which leads one from unreality to reality, from darkness to light, from mortality to immortality. This is a very special day which often has been preceded by 40 days of self-purification. This cleaning up can be started even now, just in case you might feel that you have missed out. You know mothers are very loving, ALL the time.
There is a longer explanation and many words to express the reverence and connection with this life transforming force of the Guru. Just so happens that the first one for most of us is our mom’s.
Swami Rama of the Himalayas spoke eloquently and briefly about Guru Purnima. Please see the AHYMSIN site for this article (http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/06_0709/#a). There is also more information at the main landing page in the above Ahymsin link.
Full Moon Meditation
Today July 26th is a world wide full moon meditation. Swami Veda sits at different times to cover all the different time zones. Please consider sitting for any length of time at the hour in your respective time zone. There is not special experience needed. Just come into a comfortable and stable sitting position, close your eyes, relax and be aware of your diaphragmatic breath. Keep returning your minds focus to the breath and let all other sensations, thoughts and feelings take a back seat in the mind.
If you miss this full moon date, there is a sitting meditation every full moon with Swami Veda. Sitting with Swami Veda, even though he is many miles away makes a difference. This mind-field is not fettered by location and distance. Try it! The above links will guide you to the appropriate times.
Let me know if there are any questions or comments.
Shantih, Shantih, Shantih–Peace, Peace, Peace