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Today is Guru Purnima.

This day is traditionally celebrated to revere ones chosen guru or spiritual teacher and express their gratitude to them.

Guru Purnima is also known as Vyasa Purnima to mark the birthday of Veda Vyasa. Vyasa literally means “Compiler”. This day is not only believed to be his birthday but also to have started writing the brahma sutras, as well as the day he divided the Vedas.

The Sanskrit term guru is of two words – “Gu” and “Ru”. “Gu” means darkness. “Ru” means the remover of the darkness. A guru is the one who removes of the darkness in us caused by various aspects, like ignorance, anger, hatred, jealousy and so on.

Purnima is the full moon day whereby itself is a powerful process where the energy body in us is enhanced which supports our spiritual growth. Moon has an extraordinarily strong influence in every aspects of the existence especially for us human beings. Moon is seen because of the reflection of the light falling from the sun. It symbolizes that a human perception Is the reflection same as the moon and it reminds us to see everything as our reflection.

In the yogic tradition, the day is celebrated as the occasion when Shiva became the first Guru, as he began the transmission of yoga to the Saptarishis. Shiva is not considered as god in yoga but as Adiyogi, the first yogi. This is the day Adiyogi decided to teach his 7 disciples and become the first guru. According to yogic culture, of all the other Purnima’s, Guru Purnima is more important because this is the day a guru’s grace can fall upon us and for us to be receptive to the process.

But as a seeker, does the learning come only from one person or it is in fact all around us? A guru’s one of the major teaching is to be aware of the whole existence around us because the learning is everywhere. Right in front of our eyes. Any situation you are facing can be a learning for us in several things, a stranger on the road can make us learn something new. Our life partner or any relationships are one of our biggest learnings. The trees, the flowers, the animals, the insects, all of the nature can be a learning in this whole existence.

A guru’s way of teaching does not necessarily have to be through books or words. They have very strange ways of bringing us to realise what we need to learn and to make sure we never forget what he is showing us.


I would like to express my gratitude to my guru, who is brought me to the beautiful journey of yoga and realisations of self and others, who taught the importance of words and actions, who showed the path for me follow. It is because of those teachings I am what I am today. Says Gokul ram, who has been on the path of Yoga and realisations for more than 16 years and the founder of Trance Yoga.

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