Warm wishes on Guru Poornima! 🙂
Yesterday, my grand uncle, Shri Devanathan, shared the story of why today, July 19, 2016, is called Guru Poornima. Most sanyasis or monks were called Parivraachakas. They were ordained by their vows to constantly travel from village to village, spreading the message of peaceful living in synchrony with Nature. They would do this for most of the year, not staying at a single spot for more than a few days, so that they can reach out to as many people as possible and awaken the spirituality inherent in them.
Guru Poornima’s Chaturmaasyam Sankalpa
However, for the period of four months known as Chaturmaasyam, they were required to stay put in one place. This Chaturmaasyam begins today. This had a number of practical reasons – first, it is the start of the rainy season. Not really the season to be traveling on foot! Second, it gives a chance for an eager student to learn from his chosen guru for four months at a stretch, without having to travel around and listen to the same lectures every week!
The spiritual reason explained by the texts is, many plants sprout in this season and many insects come out to the surface of the Earth. Walking around more than necessary would hurt these plants and insects! Following this principle of Ahimsa,gurus and shishyas stay put in one place for Chaturmaasyam, starting on Guru Poornima today. Beautiful, isn’t it? 🙂
As he told me, “Both Gurus and Shishyas take a sankalpa of deep learning today. The learning begins on this auspicious day. Thamasoma Jyothir Gamaya. From darkness to light. The learner gets enlightened by the Guru. Both the full moon and the Guru give us light and knowledge”.
We have been able to reach out to thousands of people in the last two years because of many, many people who guided us, taught us and showed us the path to spread the message of Natural Health. Today, we bow down to each one of them, humbled. Let us deeply understand the principle of Ahimsa and implement it in our lives. As Shri Vethathiri Maharishi says, let us live a life that does not hurt ourselves or others, physically or mentally, now or in the future. 🙂