Guru Purnima Blessings! On July 7 we experienced Guru Purnima, the full moon of the Guru, and a penumbral lunar eclipse. Guru Purnima is a time to honor our teachers, in the Relative realm and the Absolute. We acknowledge that our first teacher is our mother, and we celebrate those that have mothered us throughout our lives. We also remember and connect with the masters of Consciousness no longer in embodied form that teach us and bless us, and explore the Guru Tattva or Guru Principle, the teaching principle in the universe. May we appreciate and honor deeply the complex and unique relationship between teacher and student.

The full moon and lunar eclipse occurred in Capricorn, inviting us into the realm of the ancestors and ancient ones. Eclipses are like electrifying lightning bolts of awakening, initiating a quickening. It is a good time to pay attention to what is coming in to your life, and to step into your fullness and authenticity. We listen for guidance and wisdom from the great masters of Consciousness. We honor the Guru Principle or the essence of the guru. Guru means “heavy” or “weighty”. The guru is the remover of ignorance, the weighty one, saturated with wisdom, permeated with Grace.

I spent the six days leading up to Guru Purnima with my teacher Paul in the red rocks of Sedona, which was an extraordinary blessing. I felt the nectar-filled Maha moon illuminate many mysteries of the heart. May we offer pada-puja pranams to the lotus feet of the primordial yogi and teacher Lord Shiva. Om Namah Shivaya! We honor the Great Mother. Sri Maa Namaha! I bow to my absolutely amazing teachers with love and gratitude.

As I wrote last year, this month I invite you to let your home become heavy with the scent of incense and the sounds of prayers and chanting. Clarify intentions in candlelight and offer respect in your own way to the Great Teaching Principle and the Ancient Ones. Contemplate purna (fullness, perfection), and reflect on who and what you are heartbreakingly grateful for. May our hearts become sanctified and saturated with the nectar of the bliss of the Divine. May we become full like the moon with the soma of honey-like awareness.


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