Guru Pournima

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The first full moon after the summer solstice is a time in India known as Guru Pournima or Purinima. This year it falls on July 27, 2018. It commemorates the birth of Veda Vyasa who authored the epic Mahabharata, Vedasa and Puranas. It is also a time to honor your Guru. Guru is a Sanskrit word that includes two root words Gu or darkness and Ru removes. A Guru being someone who removes our darkness or ignorance. Click on Times of India to view a video that tells us more about this holiday and suggestions on how best to celebrate it.  In the Iyengar tradition, we chant the Guru Mantra with the following slokas:

 

Guru Brahmaa Guru Vishnu

(Guru is Brahma, Guru is Vishnu)


Guru Devo Maheshwarah

(Guru is Maheshwara [Shiva])


Guru Saakshaata Parabrahma

(Guru is Supreme Brahman Itself)


Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah

(Guru is Supreme Brahman Itself)


Prostration to that Guru