In the Vedic month of ‘Ashadha’, when the Full Moon shines in ‘Uttara Ashadha’ Nakshatra, the lunar constellation of the ‘victorious’, the day is observed as ‘Guru Poornima’ or ‘the Full Moon of the Guru‘.
After completing her lunar journey through many of the earlier constellations, the Moon now reveals the power of this Nakshatra (constellation) as the overcoming of a challenge through determined effort.
The day is also called ‘Vyaasa Purnima’, honouring Maharishi Veda Vyaasa, who chronicled the Mahabharata epic. The Mahabharata follows the great challenges that characters of many shades and hues are faced with, and reveals their choices and struggles to overcome these, their ‘karmas’ or actions flowing through the lens of their own unique personalities. 

In times of outer and inner struggle, the seeker seeks out the Guru, a source of light and inspiration. The seeking of solace versus the seeking of truth – these are often different pursuits, and we often tend to mistake one for the other. When the Guru does not provide solace or make me feel better instantly, I may question the worth of such a teacher. And yet Jyotish or Vedic Astrology speaks about the journey through the dark night of the Soul, a time that comes for each person, and the presence of Grace often goes unseen as we involve ourselves in taking ownership of the battle at hand. The Guru’s grace shines within the heart as the image of truth. 

The receiving of Jnaana or wisdom from the Guru or spiritual teacher is known to have an inherent power to unlock the mysteries of life. Often, just a word is enough, it carries within it the power of ‘everything’, as a mantra does. Many disciples will attest to the power of a ‘word’ or a ‘glance’ by the Guru that transforms something within, or unleashes a new set of events for a deeper discovery of truth. Ultimately, the awareness of an inner presence and light brings the acknowledgement of grace, even in the midst of walking down what can often be experienced as lonely and dark pathways. 

This Guru Purnima, offering Pranaam to Adi Yogi – Lord Shiva as the primordial Guru of Yoga. Giving gratitude to those teachers that have held this space of knowledge with authenticity for seekers through the ages.

To offer gratitude to the Source of that which enriches us in the form of ‘knowing’, is a part of the process of opening to Grace. Jyotish as a Vidya (knowledge) of ‘light’ often brings importance to the act of honouring the Source.

Sharing with you a Sanskrit verse “Gurur Brahma”, that venerates the Guru as one who opens the inner vision to the eternal cycles of Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara (Shiva) – ‘creation, sustenance and dissolution’.

Along with this is the mantra “Om Shri Gurubhyo Namaha” – one that offers salutation to the Gurus. It translates as “Salutations to the Gurus.”

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Gurur Brahma
By Saraswati & Sai Ganesh Nagpal

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With love and peace,

Sai Ganesh Nagpal

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