Guru Purnima Celebrations 2011 Significance-Guru Purnima
The following is a message from His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on the significance
“Among the 12-13 full moons in a year the vaishakha full moon is dedicated to Buddha
(his birth and enlightenment), jyeshtha full moon to mother earth and the aashadha
full moon is dedicated to the memory of masters. This is Guru-Purnima.
It is the day when the disciple wakes up in his fullness and in the wakefulness
he can’t be but grateful. This gratitude is not of dwaita (you and me), but of advaita.
It is not a river moving from somewhere to somewhere, but is the ocean moving within
itself. So, gratefulness on Guru-Purnima symbolizes that fullness.
The purpose of the Guru Purnima celebration is to turn back and review and see in
this last one year how much one has progressed in life. For a seeker, Guru Purnima
is a day of significance. It is the day to review one’s progress on the spiritual
path and renew one’s determination and focus on the goal. As the full moon rises
and sets, tears of gratitude arise and repose into the vastness of one’s own self.”
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