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Full Moon is a special occasion in Indian tradition. The last Full Moon was the Buddha Purnima. In Ashtanga tradition, the full moon is a rest day. The day when one reflects on their life, practice and introspect his/ her karma (actions or deeds).  This full moon is traditionally known as Guru Purnima (The Full Moon of the  Guru) गुरुपूर्णिमा: गुरु की पूजा का पवित्र दिन.

India is perhaps the only country in the world that has a special day celebrating the guru as the spiritual guide, yogi, and sage. In many cultures we find teachers honored in various ways with special events. Some would make Guru Purnima into a similar occurrence. While there is a connection, the Indian idea of Guru Purnima goes further.

Guru Purnima is the first full moon night after the summer solstice. According to the Hindi calendar, it falls in the  Aashad. The day holds importance since it sees people across India thank their ‘gurus‘ or teachers. Apart from Hindus, Buddhists also see the day to express their gratitude towards their teacher. In the Indian culture, many claim the day came to being with yogis worshiping Sage Ved Vyas who penned down the 4 Vedas, deeply revered by Hindus across the world.

In Vedic Astrology, the full moon falls in the lunar sign of Purva Ashadha, known as the “Invincible Star.”  Blessed with the promise of success, this full moon would be an auspicious time to start new projects or start key actions.

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Symbolized by an elephant’s tusk, Full Moon in Purva Ashadha is connected to LORD GANESHA, the Hindu elephant god who has the ability to destroy the most stubborn obstacles.

This Full Moon is to remembering your teacher, the light who guide you from the darkness (ignorance) towards the light (knowledge and wisdom). While in ancient history expression of gratitude involved touching guru’s feet (where the knowledge resides), fasting (to purify self) and holding a celebration remembering the teaching of the Guru (a teacher). It has now metamorphosed celebrate a varied scale and way also in the western world.  We thank Sri K. Pattabhi Jois for bringing the idea of Guru Purnima through Ashtanga yoga to the western world, where dedicated practitioners use this day to remember the teachers and his wisdom.

 

Alongside many other gurus who are enlightening our lives with their wisdom including our parents and, e.g. His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Karmapa, Sadhguru and many other teachers. We bow down to the lotus feet of the guru, who lives in our hearts and guide us towards the light, every day! May this Full Moon brings good health, happiness, and progress in your life.

 

8th July 2017, Rising of the Moon over the Königsthul hill in Heidelberg. One must witness the magic of Full Moon in Heidelberg. (The Photo is taken in the night with an iPhone by Manoj)

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