Guru Purnima Message

Loving and Divine Soul,

May God and gurus bless you all on the special day of Guru Purnima. I am sending my love and prayers to all of you from Gurudev’s temple at Hariharananda Gurukulam, Balighai, India.

Guru Purnima is a special day in the life of a seeker. It falls on the full moon day, usually in the month of July. This day commemorates the birth of the great sage Maharshi Vyasadev, who edited the Vedas and authored countless scriptures including the Mahabharata, the Bhagavatam and the Brahmasutras.

Without a doubt the writings of this householder yogi made him one of the immortal ones. His birthday is celebrated as the day of the guru, who is the preceptor and the spiritual master. On this day the student pays homage to his or her master and the lineage of masters along with Sage Vyasadev.

In Vedic culture the mother is considered the first guru or guide, then comes the father and the masters. The Taittiriya Upanishad says,

     matridevo bhava
     pitridevo bahava
     acharyadevo bhava
     atithidevo bhava

     Regard your mother as divine.
     Regard your father as divine.
     Regard your teacher as divine.
     Regard your guest as divine.

While living in this world, we learn about life and the art of living from these people. Let us be filled with thanksgiving toward all our teachers. Let us be good people endowed with humility and love.

On this Guru Purnima day, I am praying to God and masters to bless all of you with love, devotion, and all-around development.

Please meditate nicely and experience your divine nature.

With Love
Prajnanananda