By Kanchan (Connie) Mohn
Guru Purnima, the full moon of the Guru, is celebrated as the day the world got its first Guru (Shiva). This was the day that people first came to know that through the Guru, through Grace, they can be Self-Realized.
On this night every year, the moon is at its fullest and Grace is at its fullest. What a perfect night to make a pilgrimage to Satsang!
This past Sunday, our meditation hall at Downingtown Yoga Meditation Center was filled to the brim with yogis bearing flowers, gifts and hearts full of Divine Love; wanting nothing more than to honor their Guru, Swamiji, while she honored her Guru, Baba Muktananda. Self honoring Self.
Swamiji offered illuminating commentary on Shiva Sutra 2.6, “Gururupaaya.h” — the Guru is both the path and the goal. “The Guru has done what you are doing,” walked the path you are walking. The Guru is “the embodied reality who shows your future to you… the goal.” She went on to promise, “My Guru freed me, so that I could free you.
With these words lingering in the air, Swamiji led the crowd in chant and deep meditation, followed by an invitation to greet her personally.
Then slowly, ever so gently, sweetly, one by one, the yogis in the room approached their Sadguru, bowed and offered their gift, their gratitude. In turn, Swamiji honored and celebrated everyone who came forward by offering a flower and a soft “Om namah Shivaya.” Self honoring Self. Profound silence filled the room, palpable and timeless. Grace-filled hearts were opened wide.
Sadgurunath Maharaj ki Jay!