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Guru Purnima – Surya Namaskar for Charity

In Guru Purnima, SCHEDULES & EVENTS, Seva on 05/06/2010 at 00:25

Surya Namaskar for Charity

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People of all ages, from all walks of life, ethnicity and religion, come and join us in performing 108 cycles of the Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) to celebrate Guru Poornima, 25th of July 2010 @ Aldrich Bay Community Hall in Sai Wan Ho.

Attend weekly practices and get sponsored to participate on the final day in doing as many cycles as you can. Full proceeds collected will be donated to the Fresh Fish Traders’ School, in Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon. A school in much need your generous contribution.

Surya Namaskar: Surya means Sun and Namaskar means Salutation. It is a sequence of Hatha yoga asanas, activating up to 95% of your muscles. The regular practice of Surya Namaskar results in increased strength and flexibility, both physically and mentally, and also in peace of mind.

Guru Poornima: Guru means master/teacher and Poornima means veneration/expression of gratitude. In the yoga tradition people dedicate the 6th full moon to their revered master or teacher, thus called that day Guru Poornima, the Full Moon for the Guru.

Regular Practice :

  • Tuesdays at AoL Center, 11.30am-12.30pm – Alignment and Surya Namaskar Class (Maggie Tan)
  • Thursdays at AoL Center, 630pm-730pm – Alignment Approach and Surya Namaskar Class (Cindy)
  • Sundays at AoL Center, 930am-1130am, Hatha and Surya Namaskar (Praveen & Virginia)
  • Mondays (from June 28 on) SriSri Yoga and Outdoor Sunrise Salutation & Rudra Puja at Kowloon Public Library 615am-830am (Sylvia)

EVENT DAY – Guru Purnima Day – July 25: 10am-1.30pm,  Aldrich Bay Community Hall (Sai Wan Ho MTR station)

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Supporting Organizations:

MYoga: http://www.myogaonline.com/yinstructor.jsp?lang=en&country=hk

Abhyaas: http://www.abhyaas.org/index.html

Guest Instructors:

Maggie Tan / Cindy / Praveen’s biographies: http://www.myogaonline.com/yinstructor.jsp?lang=en&country=hk

Virginia’s introduction: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/yogarajcp?v=info&ref=ts

Yogaraj’s link: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/yogarajcp?v=info&ref=ts

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Whom we are supporting:

Fresh Fish Traders’ School: http://www.ffts.edu.hk/main.php

For further event and venue details, registration forms etc:
CONTACTS : Lai Fong 98299001      Prema 63432910      AOL Center 23112298

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What Sri Sri says in Guru Purnima 2008

In Events, Guru Purnima, Knowledge digest on 20/07/2008 at 01:55

Courtesy from Bawa’s blog … Jai Gurudeva!

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Here is the transcript of Guruji’s talk in the Satsang on Guru Poornima, 18th July 2008 (slightly edited for better readability):

How many of you are thinking “Guruji say something?”…Huh?
What is there to talk?
What is there to talk? Hmm..?
We all are happy & celebrating

Meditation, singing, celebrating on Guru Poornima day is considered very auspicious thing. Certain days in a year when you participate in satsang and meditate it compensates for the other days which you have not done….hahahaha 🙂
That doesn’t mean…that you can take this as an excuse for not meditating everyday.
One of those days is Guru Poornima. In satsang you participate and get the merit of not doing for many days (during the year)….hmmmm

(someone asked Guruji why are you so sweet)
I am made like this….. Apple is sweet, that is how it is made, apple is sweet by nature… isn’t it?
Hmmmmmmmmm
What else?

Yes, today you all can have one wish…whatever wish you want to have…just before going to bed make a wish in your mind, our intentions are powerful and they manifest in the right congenial time, at right place with right attitude, they just click.

All blessings are there for everybody… lots of blessings
Universe is showering blessing. You only have to catch it. Open to it

You know in Sanskrit Guru means ‘heavy’ which is weighty, Guruji is light but words of Guru is weighty and Gravitational force is called Gurutva in Sanskrit.
So many meanings… 🙂
Hmmmmmm

You know our 5 fingers , all the 5 planets are there. Thumb indicates – victory (u win) right!! Who wins? One who fights… who fights? Commander in chief military (this is Mars).   2nd Finger (index finger) is Jupiter is Guru…..its the indicator…when you want to show the way its like this… Throughout the world this is how the way is shown… This is Jupiter…..what do u do with this? Pointer indicates. What does Guru do? He indicates/ points out. So that is Jupiter.  Saturn, one of the farthest planet is Saturn, the biggest, tall, Saturn is servant. You know servant has to good and well built, if the servant is weaker then master then how can he carry the luggage. Servant have to carry the luggage of the Master, king or anybody for which he has to be strong. Tall servant.   Then the king…where do u put your ring? jewels, that is ring finger (this is sun) nobody puts ring here to the thumb, but where do they put the ring? In the ring finger…in fact we call it ring finger. King cannot stay alone but he needs servant along with him. So this is sun cannot stand alone.  The little one is the business one, its mercury. on one side of the Sun stands Mercury- business man and on the other side is Saturn- servant.
 
And Jupiter. So all the planets are in the hand, its indicated when Jupiter and Mars are together meaning the power is together with wisdom in the commander in chief that is called chin mudra.   And when all the king, servant, business man all together its chinmay mudra its higher consciousness in society, cause when wisdom dominates its higher consciousness. And there is beauty, love and abundance.

So whole story is in the fingers.  And children when they are born they put on this mudra, all the babies sleeps in chin mudra , they are so wise. Chinmay mudra. Carefree mind. Joyful mind is chinmay mudra, baby sleeps on that and when they start walking. They suck the thumb u know…is means …now no more in 4 legs….its now 2 legs and 2 arms….so the nature teaches us the whole yoga. Its very good…very good…

See the guru principle is prevalent in all the culture of the society of the world. Even here in America you can’t play soccer without a coach or mentor. You need a guide, even when you need to write P.hd, no body will give you doctorate when you don’t have u guide. Am I correct…? You have to work under some guide.

And word guide comes from the original Sanskrit word Guru. Sanskrit its Guru and in English it becomes guide, so in every field you need a mentor and in a field which is so abstract and subtle like spirituality, consciousness then definitely needs a mentor and that is a Satguru!

Mother is a first guru for everybody and each one of you should play the role of Guru for at least some people in your life. When you want nothing from them other then their own happiness their own progress. Can you be guru like that for some people? Like you become father or mother to somebody you should also be Guru to someone. Don’t have to tell them “I am your Guru”. Now you have to play the role of the Guru. Never, assert that u are a Guru. Be light like a flower that is Art of Living. Do u see what I am saying?

Play the role of the guru in the sense you are caring for them unconditionally. You care for them without expecting what they are going to do for you and what the result is going to be. Unconditional care for someone. Start with few and it can spread to many…that you all can do…isn’t it?

Can everybody be?
 
In fact Guru Tatva it is principal light within us, the light in our heart, the light in our life. Hmmm… Viveka….wisdom that tatva also dawns …ok….

So….when you come here in this path, in this Knowledge you will never go empty handed. Just ask, there is proverb its “Ask and it shall be given!”….that is what Guru Poornima all about…

Definitely!….ask it shall be given…

Lets us sing few bhajans!

Guru Purnima

In Guru Purnima, Knowledge digest on 15/07/2008 at 04:36

“Dhyaana moolam Gurur Moortihi,
Pooja moolam Guroh Padam
Mantra moolam Gurur Vaakyam
Moksha moolam Guru Kripa”.

Guru’s form is the best to meditate upon,
Guru’s feet are the best to worship;
Guru’s word is the best mantra,
Guru’s Grace is the way to Liberation.

Guru purnima is the day to feel grateful for the great knowledge you have received from your master. It is time to review how much knowledge you could ingrain in your life in past one year. This may bring about a realization for scope of improvement which in turn will bring humility in you. Be grateful for the way this knowledge has transformed you. Just think how you could have been without this. There is a definite change inside you. If you cannot see any change, then you haven’t had a good look in yourself. Gratitude and humility together blossom a genuine prayer inside you!
 
Guru is a tatva – an element, a quality; inside you. It is not limited to a body or a form.

Life is an ocean of love. Flow the lamp of knowledge in it. Even let the knowledge be flown away in the ocean of love. The ego that comes out of truth and knowledge is dangerous. Sense of righteousness makes you hard. So in the wave of devotion and love; you even let the knowledge get washed out.

About Guru Purnima (Excerpts from talks and QA with guruji)

Q. What is the story behind Gurupurnima?
A. Acharya (teacher) gives knowledge and Guru gives height of awareness and makes you alive. Acharya gives information, Guru gives intelligence, an awakened intelligence. Mind is connected with moon. Full moon is completion, the pinnacle. On Gurupurnima the devotee wakes up in full gratitude. Devotee becomes like an ocean moving in itself. It’s the time to come in fullness. It’s a time to celebrate. It’s also called “Vyasa Purnima”. Vyasa had given knowledge on each and every subject.
So in Gurupunima you remember all gurus of the past. It is the day when devotee arises in full gratitude, they turn back and see how they changed and developed in the last 1 year. They assess what  lessons they have learned and how they are growing in knowledge. It’s reviewing yourself in knowledge. Mind needs to be reminded again and again, so we review it.

Q. People blindly worship a Guru? Is it ok? Shouldn’t they just worship the divine?
A. Why does somebody adore someone else? In college, rock star, movie stars, sports players are adored. This adulation is part of human nature. Deep inside it is your ability to appreciate and honor good   qualities. This adulation of Gurus has come down the ages. In the East, people took pride in their Gurus. There was a lot of respect but it’s missing in the students now. They throw tomatoes at their teachers. We have now gone to the other extreme. When your life is full, you get a feeling of gratitude. You start with the Guru and end up adoring everything in life. Guru is just a beginning. In India there is a festival in October when people worship everything from cars, scooters etc. Everything is venerated. Divine dwells in every particle. In the East the tradition was that before cutting a tree, you have to plant 5 more. An innocent mind sees life everywhere. Life has to be honored, adored. If you cannot do this, then what else is left in life? It is so dry, just eat, drink and sleep. Whenever you praise, the praise goes to the divine. If you praise your Guru, the praise goes to the divine. When you praise someone, you own consciousness is expanding. So for your own sake, adore and venerate others.

Q. I feel like I want to be close to you and I don’t know how. I love you.
A. It is good, heart breaks and love flows. In the world out there heart breaks and misery comes, but here when heart breaks, love flows and life blossoms. Good. Just assume you are already close to me and when you are smiling, when you do service, when you are in knowledge – you are so much close to me. And see more and more people get the benefit of this knowledge what you are having. Just turn back and see your life, how much it has changed as you did the practices, the meditations, your kriya and relate to yourself the person who was there before doing the kriya. What a big difference. Isn’t it? How many of you feel you are not the same person. Almost everybody isn’t it, so that benefit, that opening, we need to bring   in others life as well, we need to do that.

Q. How to find a guru or choose a guru?
A. Guru is too big for you to make. If you make Guru you are bigger than the Guru. Guru comes in your life in spite of your refusing or rebelliousness. Don’t struggle to make a Guru. Just relax. Life keeps changing. Wake up and see. Feel grateful. Give all your garbage to the Guru. Guru makes gold out of garbage. Guru makes a fool intelligent. It is easy to make that change because everyone is made up of that one thing.

Q. How to become a sincere devotee?
A. Just you have to assume that you are really sincere devotee. You give grade to yourself. I am number 1 devotee. Nobody’s like me. But don’t think so and so is number 1 devotee and I’m number 2. Each one  of us should say I’m number 1 devotee. Nobody’s like me. Then that is how the devotion grows. If you think you are number 2, number 3, number 10, then that much, you will be away from the knowledge. You know this problem is there with many – that after basic course, you continue for sometime then you drop. Then afterwards it becomes very difficult. If you do an advanced course, it will bring you back in the knowledge.
 
Q. Guruji, you are the best.
A. Only best can recognize the best.

Q. A devotee is very happy on getting a Guru, does the Guru feel the same happiness in getting a devotee?
A. Seeing your happiness he gets happiness.

Q. I want a Guru mantra from you.
A. That is there. Sudarshan kriya is there.

Q. Guruji, show me the path.
A. Why? Why shall I show you the path? I’m not so irresponsible. Ill take you to your goal. It’s my habit. It’s the age of aero planes and you are talking in terms of bullock carts. You have sat in plane and your flight has taken off. Now, this plane will take you to your destination, you don’t need to ask for the path.

Q. What quality should an ideal disciple have? Do you differentiate between disciples?
A. Don’t worry so much, just be like a child, and take life with ease. Yes, I differentiate between disciples and you are very special. Each one of you is unique and each one is special, so everyone is different.

Q. You are so wonderful, when can I become like you?
A. First stop attempting to become like me. Second know that I’m you.

Guru Purnima Talk by Sri Sri , July 21st, 2005

Mother gives the first birth to a child. We come into the world through the mother. But second birth is through the teacher. Teacher delivers you the knowledge and skill. Today is the teacher’s, the master’s day. This is the second birth. Knowledge brings the second birth.

Whether you want it or not everybody is Guru to somebody. We either teach others what they should do or should not do. If we do good, we are teaching what they should do. If we do something wrong, we are teaching what they should not do by showing see how I’m suffering, so you should not do this. Everyone is an educator.

We all play the role of teacher, a guide, a guru … but when the spiritual knowledge is so total, that one is called Sathguru.

(Then Guruji conducted Guru Puja. Somebody asked about Dakshinamurthy Story.)

Haan, its a very nice story. Its about a teacher communicating knowledge to the student in silence. True wisdom is translated in silence. We don’t need all these translators, headphones etc. But that is when we transcend intellect. One level is through intellect and another through vibration.

When you are Guru, you are always young, never get old. What is being young ? Young is always enthusiastic, alive, new, fresh. Its clean and fresh. Not stuck in opinions. Non-opinionated mind. That’s the sign of a good teacher. Keep your opinions aside. Take a fresh look at people, situations, then learning is possible. Then you have knowledge.

Dakshinamurthy is lord shiva. He is the young teacher. Five rishis sat around him and asked him questions. Everything was answered in silence. That’s what happens in meditation. All five senses get knowledge in silence. That’s the symbolism of meditation. The deeper you go, fewer are the questions… there are no questions.

Today bundle all your problems, questions, worries, doubts and put it here. Knowledge here on this path is here for a very special purpose. Each one of you is a light house for many people. This one thing you keep in mind. I’m not just somebody, I’m light, I’m glow. With all your heart, whatever you wish today, one wish and it will come true.