Guru Purnima message by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Mon, 07/26/2010

America, Hartford

Among the 12 to 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 Ashadha 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, is a day of New Year. It is the day to review one’s progress on the spiritual path and renew one’s determination and focus on the goal, and to resolve what one wants to do in the coming year. As the full moon rises and sets, tears of gratitude arise and repose into the vastness of one’s own self.”

You know, our body has millions of cells, and each cell has its own life. Many cells are being born every day and many are dying. So, you are a moving town. So many cities are on the planet Earth and planet Earth is revolving and moving around the Sun. Same way, there are so many cells and so many living beings inside you and you are moving around. You are a moving township. Like in a beehive, there are so many bees which come and sit, but there is one queen bee. If the queen bee goes away, every other bee goes away. In the same way, there is an atom in our body, the queen bee. If that is not there, everything else goes away. Locate in that, in that tiniest of the tiny atom, the atma or the self. It is everywhere yet nowhere. That is the queen bee and that is what you are. That is what the Divine is, and that is the Guru principle. Like there is fatherhood, motherhood, there is Guruhood also. You all have to play Guruhood at least to somebody. You do play, you keep giving advices and guiding people consciously or unconsciously, and give them love and care. But do it with 100 percent without expecting anything in return. That is living the Guruhood, living the self. There is no difference between the Divine, you and the Guru Principle. It is all coming to one thing, the queen bee.

Meditation is relaxing and reposing in that atom. So, think of all the things that you could be grateful for, and ask what you want. And bless everybody. We receive, but not just receiving is enough, we should give and bless those who are in need.

 

Read earlier posts

  • Testing Times!

    July 21, 2014
    • Intelligence of Nature
    • A Test is an Opportunity
    • Greed Takes Away Contentment
    • Becoming a Spiritual Healer
    • Dealing with an Opposing Spouse

    A Guru Greater Than God

    July 18, 2014
    • The Compassion of a Bodhisattva
    • Guru Leads You to God
    • A Connection from the Heart
    • A Note on Jesus
    • Buddha & Adhishankaracharya
  • The Role Of A Guru

    July 17, 2014
    • Getting Back to the Self
    • Life Has Multiple Dimensions
    • First Story of Guru Poornima
    • We Are Not Just The Body
    • The Technique Shiva Gave Parvati

    Bringing Change To Life

    July 16, 2014
    • Destiny vs. Freewill
    • Truth Is Contradictory
    • Opposites Values Are Complimentary
    • Astrology Only Point The Direction
  • Overcome Fear In One Go

    July 16, 2014
    • Join Sri Sri on Twitter
    • Wisdom & Happiness
    • Direct Spiritual Transformation
    • Different Types of Fear
    • Remember You Are Part of the Divine

    Wisdom Catches Wisdom

    July 14, 2014
    • The Story of Eklavya
    • Devotion Is Never Wrong
    • Sadhana + Grace = Wisdom
    • Meaning of Pratah Smaraniya
    • Difference Between Rama and Krishna
  • Guru Poornima Message

    July 13, 2014
    • Guru is Present Like Space
    • Wisdom Bring Happiness
    • Wisdom is a Shift in Consciousness
    • Coming to the Guru
    • Gratefulness is the Way to the Guru

    Stop Complaining

    July 9, 2014
    • Complains Are About the Past
    • Lord Buddha on TV
    • The Main Goals of Life
    • I Have A Questions For You
    • Bring Change in Your Mentality
  • Password To The Eye-Pad

    July 9, 2014
    • All Questions Answered
    • Non-verbal Downloading
    • The Highest Knowledge
    • You Need The Password
    • The Password is So Hum

    An Answer From Silence

    July 9, 2014
    • Be a Little Quiet and See
    • Answers Come in Silence
    • Drink the Silence and Get Intoxicated
  • Your Talents Are For Others!

    July 8, 2014
    • Meaning of Go-daan
    • Share Your Life & Skills
    • Atheism & God
    • The Guru & God
    • Marriage Is Not A Must

    The Right Kind Of Wealth

    July 6, 2014
    • Poverty is not All Holy
    • 4 Categories to Problems
    • Situational Leadership
    • We Need to Bring More Harmony