Full Moon, Blood Moon Friday. Happy Guru Purnima 2018

written by Anjula July 26, 2018

Guru Purnima

Today’s full moon is a blood moon, a full moon that is taking place during a total lunar eclipse. This lunar eclipse will be the longest lasting lunar eclipse in a century. If that weren’t enough to excite you, this full moon also coincides with Guru Purnima, a very auspicious time spiritually, as it’s a time to receive grace from the Guru or the Big Mind.

According to Vedic tradition, “Gu” means darkness, “Ru” means Dispel, eliminate. Guru means the one who dispels the darkness of ignorance. Gurus are the spiritual teachers who show seekers the path to higher knowledge. Spiritual gurus are seen as a link between the individual and the divine, showing the aspirant a path back to the divine and bringing them from darkness to light. Guru Purnima is the day on which one expresses gratitude to his or her Guru.

How do you connect with the Guru, you ask?

Meditate, read spiritual literature, do a puja with your intention on your Guru or your teacher(s), as this is a particularly powerful time to connect. It’s also a great time to donate to spiritual institutions  and support spiritual knowledge, as a whole. Take time to honor all those that have brought you out of ignorance with deep love and gratitude.

Note: Be mindful, eclipses can be difficult, as the energy is very low (outwardly), but eclipses can lead to very powerful and deep spiritual experiences, as well. Try not to get caught up in problems at work or personal relationships, especially as it relates to frustration and anger, as this lunar eclipse is conjunct Mars.

In yogic lore, it is said that Guru Purnima was the day that saw Shiva become the Adi Guru, or the first Guru. The story goes that over 15,000 years ago, a yogi appeared the Himalayas.His presence was extraordinary, and people gathered. However, he exhibited no signs of life, but for the occasional tears of ecstasy that rolled down his face. People began to drift away, but seven men stayed on. When he opened his eyes, they pleaded with him, wanting to experience whatever was happening to him. He dismissed them, but they persevered. Finally, he gave them a simple preparatory step and closed his eyes again. The seven men began to prepare. Days rolled into weeks, weeks into months, months into years, but the yogi’s attention did not fall upon them again.

After 84 years of sadhana, the yogi looked at them again. They had become shining receptacles, wonderfully receptive. He could not ignore them anymore. On the very next full moon day, the yogi turned south and sat as a guru to these seven men. Shiva, the Adiyogi (the first yogi) thus became the Adi Guru. Adiyogi expounded these mechanics of life for many years. The seven disciples became celebrated as the Saptarishis and took this knowledge across the world. Guru Purnima is held sacred in the yogic tradition because the Adiyogi opened up the possibility for a human being to evolve consciously. The seven different aspects of yoga that were put in these seven individuals became the foundation for the seven basic forms of yoga, something that has still endured.” (From Sarabini Rath).

This is a very spiritual full moon, a time to pause and note all that you’ve been given by the universe and celebrate with gratitude all those that have aided you in raising your spiritual vibration, strengthening your own internal warrior spirit.

Here’s some music to help you celebrate this Guru Purnima.

Wishing you many blessings, dear ones.

 


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