In my previous writings, Guru Purnima and belonging celebrations, they were mentioned many times. However, it was always just as a side subject, just by touching it along having something else in the focus. Therefore, Guru Purnima was never the main topic, the first theme. Not until now. Thus, this is about to be changed now by putting it into the sharp focus. I will try to elaborate all what I know, and what I have learned about.
Guru Purnima is a very important day in Vedic Calendar and a very important festivity in the life of any true spiritual seeker. This is the Day of Teachers, the Day of Gurus, and it is usually celebrated in July, on the Full Moon. On the first full moon mostly, but sometimes, only sometimes, due to some astronomical calculations, it can fall on the second Full Moon in July. In its pure form, it is devoted to the spiritual teachers preferably. This is the day when we pay homage to our spiritual teachers, gurus, and to all those who have been providing us that we can earn the important knowledge of how to grow in evolution on a faster and safer way. The story of our own personal evolution sometimes can be complex, with an unknown path, and we can wander around. Many obstacles can occur in finding the Truth, what is our main purpose of life. Finding the Truth is just another name for finding the God, and this is just another name for establishing ourselves in the higher states of consciousness in order to be one with the God and to be like a God. We are gifted with such an option to live Unity within the Duality, but the way to accomplish this is not always simple, easy, and as it sometimes could be, this is not always the shortest way. Indeed, finding the way is not always easy, and this is where our spiritual teachers come in. They devoted their lives for giving the knowledge to the others, to us. The knowledge of how to achieve the mentioned aim is very precious knowledge. They already have passed this way, they know exactly what kind of obstacles we can expect in a certain moment, and they know how to deal with them. They know because they are usually much higher in consciousness than we are. That is the reason that one day in the year is devoted to paying homage to all such spiritual leaders and gurus. We want to be thankful and we wont to express our gratitude to all those who are very unselfishly and very generously devoting their lives that we are getting Enlightenment, the God Consciousness, and finally the Unity Consciousness, on a much easier way.
Therefore, once again, Guru Purnima is devoted to all spiritual teachers because they are so very important for the knowledge transmitting. There are many traditions of such spiritual knowledge transition, and they can even differ in some details. However, they are all celebrating the same Guru Purnima day. Well, at least there is a consensus about something. For the year 2019, Guru Purnima will be celebrated on July 16. Interestingly, it is just about to be a Lunar Eclipse on that day, but this is not undermining the meaning and the significance of that Guru Purnima itself.
If we now try to analyze the complete syntagm … GURU PURNIMA …, then the first word … guru … denotes darkness dispeller, ignorance remover. There are two Sanskrit words contained within it, … gu …, and … ru. Sanskrit … gu … denotes darkness and ignorance. Sanskrit … ru … denotes someone who is removing something. Therefore, the meaning of the word … guru …, is very obvious. It denotes the one who removes the darkness of our ignorance. And what removes darkness and ignorance? It is the Knowledge itself what only can remove ignorance, and this is why and how all gurus are becoming very famous. They are very famous because they have, and they possess … Knowledge. Then, we have another word … Purnima. Purnima denotes one lunar day, called also tithi. There are fifteen tithis, fifteen lunar days in one semi-cycle of the Moon while it is orbiting the Earth. This semi-cycle is being called … Paksha. There are two Pakshas, two cycles of the Moon, ascending and descending, depending on whether the Moon itself is getting fuller, by waxing, or it is getting empty by waning. This is how we have Shukla Paksha, the bright semi-cycle from New Moon to the Full Moon, when the Moon itself is getting brighter and fuller. We also have Krishna Paksha, when the Moon is waning and fading, from Full Moon to the New Moon. Therefore, two cycles by fifteen days, that gives 30 lunar days in total along with one lunar month. Thus, we see that Purnima is just one lunar day, but entirely opposite to the Amavasya, the phase of the Moon where there is no Moon, actually, the New Moon. Therefore, all lunar days are cycling between Purnima and Amavasya and vice versa.
The knowledge about tithis is somehow lost today, and modern man does not have any clue what is going on around. They look on the Moon just as an inanimate object on the sky, and not having any idea that so many processes within ourselves depend exactly upon the lunar day, the lunar phase. Our mood, our feelings, they are all depending on the Moon. But not only that. Our body contains water by 70 %, just the same as the entire material world outside. Coincidence? Definitely not! Thus, the Moon who controls the water will have a tremendous influence on our physical body as well. Ask sailors if they know something about the Moon and the sea, which they are navigating daily. Ask them if there is some connection between tides and Moon? Or, if the Moon has some connection with the big waves on full Moon? Sailors will definitely know that. That is the reason sailors do watch on the Moon, and they carefully note down which phase the Moon is passing through.
On some way, we are as sailors as well. We are navigating throughout the life itself, there are many obstacles on the way, and we have to watch carefully on what is going on around us.
In fact, by following the tithis, and how Moon-Chandra is dynamically revolving around the Earth, well, that can be a good way to start learning Jyotish. By using any Jyotish software, we simply start to follow tithis, lunar days. Then we shall learn that on its own way Moon is passing through Zodiac signs, but also through nakshatras. Each day, approximately, the Moon is staying in one nakshatra, one starry constellation. Then we learn something about each sign and about each nakshatra, and what it means when Moon is sitting and resting there. Then we learn that in Vedic terminology the Moon is denoted as the bull, while each nakshatra is denoted as the wife of the bull, the cow … Little by little, soon we learn so much about, and we cognize that the entire world has some different dimension. All that we need to do is to start following tithis, lunar days. We can easily observe that each tithi brings a different quality. For example, we learn about the importance of Ekadashi, the eleventh day in every half-cycle. I addition, we learn about Sankashti Chaturthi, the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha, a very auspicious day devoted to Lord Ganesha exclusively. Then, we also learn that every Purnima, the full Moon day, is somewhat very special. However, depending on which sign and which nakshatra, each Purnima is slightly different. There are 12-13 Purnimas in one solar year, but each of them can be very different. Celebrating every Purnima, which means every Full Moon, is a very nice tradition indeed, and it is emphasizing that day very much along with so many benefits that it brings.
However, the Purnima in July is somewhat brighter than all others are. It is much different so to say, and this is one reason it was chosen to be Guru Purnima, to celebrate the Day of Gurus. In fact, there are several explanations why exactly this one Purnima in July was chosen for celebrating the Guru Purnima. I will try to explain some of them. One is already mentioned. The Purnima in July is the strongest and the brightest.
Then we have another one explanation. They say that the tradition of celebrating Guru Purnima is about five thousand years old. It is supposedly connected with the great sage Veda Vyasa, with his academy, his ashram, and his disciples who wanted to express their gratitude for all the great knowledge he gave them. I will bring out few passages already exposed about along with the essay with the title … MAHARISHI JAIMINI
There is yet another one very important conclusion. It is concerning the Guru Purnima itself. As I already have mentioned in my previous essay, the basic motive behind Guru Purnima is to gratitude Veda Vyasa for immense knowledge he gave out. His disciples asked how to thank him and how to honor him. He replayed that they can choose one day in the year to be especially dedicated to honoring Sri Guru. They chose the Full Moon when the Moon-Chandra is the fullest, and this is in the month of … Ashādhā … of the lunisolar Vedic calendar, which covers June and July in Gregorian calendar. Now we see that Maharishi Jaimini was one of those disciples. Just to make it clear, Jaimini was one of the four main disciples of Veda Vyasa. Therefore, no doubt that Jaimini took part in establishing the Guru Purnima as it is today. Well, as we can observe, this tradition goes for five thousand years. Basically, it is established to be memorial on Veda Vyasa, but at the same time, it is denoting the day of all Teachers, Gurus, Rishis, and Maharishis in the entire world.
That means we definitely need to abandon the thinking that Guru Purnima was chosen because Sage Veda Vyasa was born on the Full Moon, on some very specific date along with the Ashādhā lunar month. This is simply not true. Sage Veda Vyasa was born in October according to the Gregorian calendar, in the lunar month of … Pushya … according to the Vedic calendar, but not on the Full Moon. When Sage Veda Vyasa was born, it was … Krishna Chaturthi. It was the fourth day of the Pushya lunar month.
The fragment of the extracted text is touching also the point of when Veda Vyasa was born. For a long time, it was kind of opinion prevailing that Guru Purnima is being celebrated on the day when Veda Vyasa was born. This is not true actually. From the essay … THE TRUE STORY OF BIBLICAL JOSEPH
…, the fragment of the text was taken out discussing the same problem …
According to the legend and tradition, it is said that Veda Vyasa was born on that day, what is to say, on the Full Moon in the month of July. Interestingly, as I have shown and have exposed the natal chart of Veda Vyasa, it seems that was not the case. I exposed that natal chart in the essay with the title … THE AGE OF LORD KRISHNA-The True Story of Lord Krishna. The natal chart based on the birth date as October 25, 3179 B.C.E. at 7.52 AM LMT, seems pretty consistent with the life story of Veda Vyasa. Nevertheless, there is no Full Moon visible in the natal chart, and there was not the month that would correspond to the summer month of July in our present calendar.
Well, it seems to me as a good idea to expose the natal chart of Veda Vyasa again. All the graphics are done by using Jagannatha Hora Vedic Astrology-Jyotish Version 8.0 freeware software.
The natal chart of Veda Vyasa.
There is yet another one explanation for celebrating the Day of Gurus on that very auspicious day on the first Purnima in July. This is coming from yoga tradition actually. Legend has it that Lord Shiva himself started giving out his knowledge to Saptarishis exactly on the Full Moon in July. This is referring to the very beginning of our present Creation, when Lord Shiva was still in deep meditation, after the initial dance and drumming by announcing the beginning of the Creation. In fact, after Shiva had announced the beginning of the new Creation, Lord Vishnu plunged into action to make the stage for the evolution story to go on. The stage was needed for this game to be played. From his body, Lord Vishnu had created the Lord Brahma, who then created Saptarishis, but many other beings as well, who were supposed to help them in seeding the life in the entire Creation. They are seeding life, and this is the reason they are being called … Seeders. There is another name used as well, and this is … Prajapathis. This is a long story actually, and I would recommend not going into it right now. What is important for our story is the Saptarishis, the seven rishis, who were not rishis yet at that moment. They needed the knowledge to become rishis, and it was exactly Shiva personally to give them such knowledge. Thus, to make a memorial on that moment when Lord Shiva from Adi Yogi turned to be Adi Guru, the Guru Purnima celebration was introduced.
This is a very plausible story, and this option was very probably in use before the previously mentioned explanation that Guru Purnima is in gratitude to Veda Vyasa. This is my personal opinion thou. The thing is, we can raise the question actually, was this idea about celebrating Guru Purnima really born just some five thousand years ago along with Veda Vyasa story? I think this is not the case. Guru Purnima was very probably celebrated even before, but then Shiva was the central figure of the celebration and of the expressing gratitude to. In fact, we see that both mentioned options are actually true.
Yet another question that we can possibly raise also is when, when that did happen? I mean, when Lord Shiva turned to be Adi Guru by starting to expose knowledge to Saptarishis? I am expressing my personal opinion again. Well, in almost all official explanations, you will probably find that the time of 15.000 years B.C. was attached to it. They say, approximately about that time, Shiva came out from deep meditation, and he gave knowledge to the Saptarishis. This cannot be true, of course. This is one very simplified explanation, which is in tune with the old expired paradigm, telling that the World was created just recently. I am of opinion that could have been only at the very beginning of the Creation itself. That should have been when the Creation itself had only the very basic structure, most probably even before the first Manvantara of our Universe. As we are now in the seventh Manvantara out of fourteen, this is to say, we are in the middle of the life span of our Creation. That means all that was happening long, long before our present time. With other words, Lord Shiva became the Adi Guru eons before our present time. Saptarishis are spiritual beings, the mind-born children of Lord Brahma. It should have been in that very early stage of the Creation itself because this is the only proper timing. There were no many worlds within the Creation at that time. Or, it can be that worlds were already established, including the material world, but not inhabited. This job was just supposed to be done. Whatsoever, we can only speculate about right now. However, this is saying that Lord Shiva exactly is the right person to be addressed for the given knowledge. It is definitely he, Lord Shiva, who needs to be labeled as the originator and the source of the supreme knowledge given to the Saptarishis so that they could have continued with seeding and spreading the knowledge and life all over the entire Creation.
Thus, this is a very important cognition. Lord Shiva is the one who should be addressed when we offer our gratitude on Guru Purnima. Lord Shiva was the first Guru, the first Adi Guru. About the time of Veda Vyasa, along with all huge changes after the Mahabharata War, they were setting a new knowledge paradigm and after huge descent in knowledge and consciousness, they divided Vedas so that many things were simplified. It is obvious, the idea about Lord Shiva as the true originator of the knowledge became too much abstract, and they needed something more grounded. The idea about Veda Vyasa is not bad actually, however, it is not telling the complete story. In addition, if we consider that Veda Vyasa was an incarnation of Saptarishi Vasishta, then, as being one of Saptarishis, he also received the knowledge from Lord Shiva himself. Luckily the notion about was somehow preserved in the Yogic tradition. Therefore, we can easily restore the true succession line of the knowledge tradition. It is good to know this line and succession of the knowledge tradition. It is also good to know who the source of the knowledge is. However, in practical life, it is always enough to offer the gratitude to our closest teachers in the line. Because, inevitably and undoubtedly, this always connects us with the source.
The central part of the celebration of the Guru Purnima is the performance of Guru Puja. Here there is a part of the text taken from the essay with the title … ENDLESS CHURNING OF THE OCEAN OF MILK – SAMUDRA MANTHAN – THE ETERNAL QUEST FOR THE ULTIMATE TRUTH …
On the day of Guru Purnima, many teachers and gurus would perform so-called … Guru Pooja. Guru Pooja, or Guru Puja, is the expression of the gratitude and paying homage to all those who were involved in establishing the knowledge line, and therefore their names are mentioned during the performance, which is usually very pleasant, saturated with reverence and joy. Many teachers, and gurus, but many spiritual movements as well, perform Guru Puja, though with some small differences in performance. It became very popular, just as a song or bhajan, even though this is not the purpose of it. I am not going to expose that Puja itself, but today we live in such a time that everything is possible to be found in an easy way. Whoever is interested, the performance, meaning, and translation, all is very easy to be found around. Nevertheless, I would like to turn attention on the very beginning of the Guru Puja, where some names were exposed. There is the mentioning of exactly the same names as I have given out just a few moments ago. It goes like … Vasishta, Shakti, Parashara, and Veda Vyasa. And exactly with that sequence. Well, just to describe this situation in detail. Actually, we already have explained it. This is referring exactly to that situation from the end of the fourth millennia B.C., when the spiritual knowledge system as we know it today in Vedic Science, was established. It all started with the Sage Vasishta, and then it was transmitted to his son Sage Shakti, his son Sage Parashara, his son Sage Veda Vyasa, and his four disciples where Vishnu incarnate Jaimini was included as well. They structured the Veda as we know it today. Actually, if we take a closer look at that situation, then we see that Saptarishi Vasishta and the Vishnu himself are the carriers of that knowledge line. More about that perhaps some other time. I’ve just wanted to highlight the importance of the Guru Puja where we see the true role of the Saptarishi Vasishta along with his countless incarnations. From another point of view, it is very important to demystify the Guru Puja itself. This is just an expression of gratitude and honor of the teacher who is performing it to all those who made possible for true knowledge to be available even today. Knowledge is so very important. It is precious indeed.
The above text was written about one year ago and in the meantime, some other names mentioned in the Guru Puja are deciphered as well. I am preferably thinking on Adi Shankara, and his disciple Totakacharya. Their natal charts are discovered and now we know the full frame, but the historical background of the entire story as well. This was done along with the essay … ADI SHANKARA AND HIS DISCIPLES
Considering the fact the natal chart of … Swami Brahmananda Saraswati the Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math … was exposed before as well, as one very important member of this tradition, well, we can conclude easily that only a few natal charts in the entire story of Guru Puja and the tradition of knowledge are missing. Indeed, only a few natal charts are missing, but we leave that for some other nice occasion.
Today, the Guru Purnima is being celebrated all over the world, but mostly among spiritual groups and movements. However, in India, it is highly esteemed as celebration and revered between academics as well. Altogether, the momentum and focus on Guru Purnima, they are getting bigger every day.
Well, that would conclude my short discussion on this very important topic. I wish a very happy Guru Purnima to everyone …
Happy Guru Purnima!
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