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The Full Moon of the Guru

Friday, July 31st, at 6:43 a.m. (Eastern Daylight time), is the blue moon, which refers to the second full moon in a month. You know the saying, “once in a blue moon,” meaning a rare occurrence. This blue moon, however, is particularly special because it is also the celebration of Guru Purnima. Purnima is a Sanskrit word meaning full moon, and Guru comes from the Sanskrit words gu (darkness or ignorance) and ru (remover of). So a guru is someone who removes your ignorance or darkness.

Having gratitude is such an important aspect of energy healing, and Guru Purnima is a time to express your respect and gratitude for your teachers for what they have given you: the light that removes your darkness and ignorance. I have a fairly long list of all the sages and shamans I studied with in my career in energy medicine, and I take the time regularly to give gratitude for all they taught me.

Guru Purnima is about your spiritual teachers—those who have led you into the light of higher consciousness by teaching you meditation, and about your chakras, for example.

There is a story in Hindu lore that says Guru Purnima was the day that Shiva became the first guru, over 15,000 years ago! Lord Shiva appeared suddenly in the Himalayas as a simple yogi, but one who had an extraordinary presence, and many gathered around him. Occasionally, tears of ecstasy came out of his eyes and rolled down his cheeks, but there were no other signs of life from him. When he finally opened his eyes, there were only seven men left. He gave them one simple step along the path and closed his eyes again. Many decades went by until Shiva, in his guise as the first yogi, looked at them again and saw that the seven men had done their work and were filled with light. On the next full moon day, he became their guru. Thus Adiyogi (the first yogi) became Adiguru (the first guru). These seven disciples became the Sapta Rishis (the seven sages), who are considered to be the patriarchs of the Vedic tradition, which is the main spiritual tradition I have studied and teach. This is why in the yogic tradition now, Guru Purnima is celebrated as the time Adi Guru brought to Earth the realization that conscious evolution was possible for humans.

Many Hindus honor the great sage Vyasa at this time. It is believed that he was not only born on this day, but also finished writing the Brahma sutra at this time. Disciples and students of spiritual teachers also recommit to their path and to following their guru’s teachings for the following year. And those who are fellow students express their joint commitment to supporting each other along the path.

Buddhists celebrate Guru Purnima as the day the Buddha arrived from Bodhgaya after his enlightenment and gave his first sermon in Sarnath to his five former companions (the Pancavaggiya monks), and they became enlightened. After that first sermon, Buddha spent his first rainy season teaching the Dharma to 60 monks, who all became Arahants, perfected beings. To this day, Guru Purnima starts the four-month rainy season retreat for many Buddhist monks and lay practitioners.

During this period of the blue moon, consider expressing your gratitude to those teachers who have helped you to bathe in the light of Spirit and expand your consciousness. Honor those who have given you the next step on your journey to self-realization.

If you are interested in this type of learning and would like to find out more about how to incorporate spirituality into your life for increased health and happiness, please check out my course and begin your journey into the invisible realms of bliss and healing.

Deborah King