days when the moon is full, its vibration, its feel, is very different
than on other days. For a spiritual seeker, this day is like a boon from
nature. Earlier, Guru Pournami was among the most important festive
occasions in the country. Over time, it got relegated to the background
due to ignorance and so fewer people were aware of its great
significance. However, it is now coming back slowly into prominence with
more seekers looking for spiritual guidance.
Purnima is the day the first guru was born. Once upon a time, Shiva
attained and went into intense ecstatic dance on the Himalayas. When we
say Shiva, in the yogic culture, we do not refer to him as a god. He is
seen as the Aadiyogi, or the first yogi. When his ecstasy became beyond
movement, he became still. When it allowed him some movement, he danced
wildly. People saw that he was experiencing something that they were
unable to fathom. They came, waited and left because Shiva was oblivious
of other people's presence.
people hung on. These seven people were insistent that they must learn
from him. Shiva ignored them. They pleaded, "We want to know what you
know." Shiva dismissed them, "The way you are, you are not going to
know, ever. You need to prepare. Tremendous amount of preparation is
needed for this. This is not entertainment."
they started preparing -- for days, weeks, months and years... Shiva
chose to ignore them. One full moon day, after 84 years of sadhana, when
the sun was shifting from the northern to southern run - which in this
tradition is known as Dakshinayana - Aadiyogi looked at these seven
people. They had become shining receptacles of knowing. They were
absolutely ripe to receive.
could no longer ignore them. They grabbed his attention. He watched
them closely for the next 28 days. When the next full moon arose, he
decided to become a guru. Aadiyogi transformed himself into Aadi Guru. He
turned south to shed his grace upon their race and the transmission of
yogic science started. Because he turned south, when Shiva or the
Aadiyogi sits as a teacher, we call him Dakshinamurthy. The first guru
was born on that day. That day is referred to as Guru Purnima.
Purnima specifically is a day where there is a possibility to be
receptive to the particular dimension which we refer to as the Guru --
not that it is not available on other days; the guru's grace always is.
don't seek a guru first of all. You create a deep longing to know - a
guru will happen to you. You don't seek, going about choosing who is a
better guru. You just create a deep longing. What you call as guru will
happen to you because guru is not a person. A guru is a certain space, a
certain energy. It can only happen to you. It is not somebody you meet.
It is not somebody that you shake hands with. It is not somebody that
you bow down to. It is not somebody to whom you go and beg for this or
that. That space, that energy which you refer to as guru will happen to
you. It will overwhelm you. It will destroy you the way you are so that
you will become unbound - the way the Creator intended you to be. from http://www.jnanakadali.com/2015/07/guru-purnima-shlokas-quotes-greetings.html