Guru Purnima


The full moon day in the month of Ashad (Jul/Aug) is the extremely auspicious and holy day of Guru Purnima. The period Chaturmas, the ‘four months’ begins from this day, sacred to the memory of the great sage, Bhagavan Sri Vyasa who composed Brahma Sutras.

The Supreme Self alone is the real. He is the soul of all. He is all-in-all. He is the essence of this universe. He is the unity that never admits of a duality under all the varieties and diversities of nature. You are this immortal, all-pervading, all-blissful self. Realize this and be free.

Mark fully the deep significance of this great day. It heralds the setting in of the eagerly awaited rains. The water drawn up and stored as clouds in the hot summer months now manifests in plentiful showers that usher in the advent of fresh life everywhere. Even so, all begin seriously to put into actual practice all the theory and philosophy that has been stored up in them through patient study. Aspirants commence or resolve to intensify with all earnestness their practical spiritual sadhana right from this day.

It is through the medium of the guru that the individual can raise himself to Cosmic Consciousness. The guru is verily the link between the individual and the Immortal. He is being who has raised himself from ‘this’ to ‘That’, and thus has a free and unhampered access to both the realms. He stands as it were on the threshold of immortality and, bending down, he raises the struggling individuals with his one hand, and with the other lifts them up to the kingdom of everlasting joy and infinite Truth-Consciousness.

Make a fresh resolve on this holy day to tread the spiritual path in accordance with the precepts of your guru. The best form of worship of the guru is to follow his teachings and to shine as the embodiment of his teachings.

-Swami Sivananda Saraswati

 

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Guru Purnima- A Day of Guru’s Grace


There are many festivals throughout the year dedicated to different spiritual forces, because man has always felt a sense of incompleteness within himself. He went in search of God, samadhi, emancipation because he wanted to project himself beyond the frontiers of finiteness. He wanted to expand his soul beyond the boundaries of time and space.

There is a junction point in life where both sides meet- the transcendental and the empirical. One is the dimension of time, space, object and limitation, and the other is the dimension of timelessness and it is transcendental. Guru stands exactly at the point where these dimensions meet. Therefore, in a guru you can always find the aspects of both creation and reality. He is finite and at the same time he is a replica of infinite.

The discovery of guru is a very ancient discovery. From that time, different gurus in different periods have emphasized the need for a guru in one’s life so that one may have spiritual support. On the day of Guru Purnima, the spiritual powers and grace of all gurus descends to this earthly plane in order to inspire the spiritually hungry souls and pilgrims towards the spiritual life.

Guru is always aware of his disciples and of their aspirations. For spiritual wellbeing and evolution, guru prefers to remain in an interim space after death, and once every year he comes down with his spiritual vibration taking care of his disciples, inspiring, energizing and increasing them. This is that day.

– Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Yoga for Pregnancy


Blog posted by Ruchira Pandey, an expert teacher of Yoga during pregnancy. She has a vast teaching experience of Yoga for last 20 years. She led Ashram Lifestyle under the surveillant vision of her Guru Swami Nirananjananda Saraswati, the Chief Patron of Bihar School of Yoga and Chancellor to Bihar Yoga Bharati, Munger, the 1st World Yoga University.

imagesATDCHYEPimagesH80IXNMAYoga plays a very important role during pregnancy-the time a lady carries the baby in her womb. The frame of a woman, her emotions, and her psychic evolution is definitely higher than that of a man. In other words, we can say that a woman is more understanding, sensitive, emotional with higher consciousness. “Pregnant mother” goes through immense stress, anxiety, worry regarding her physical, mental, emotional and psychological states while carrying a baby- mother being the main transporter of energy, nutrition, nourishment, growth for baby.

Through a number of yogic postures, relaxation, breathing techniques, and meditation, the mother can achieve and experience a stable mind which is calm, stress-free, controlled thoughts and emotions and balanced hormonal physical body. Yoga makes sure that the practices done by the mother would help in: –

  • balancing hormonal secretions (our messenger system)
  • right movements of joints
  • stress free back
  • toned lower abdomen
  • a clean and light digestive system
  • calm and stress-free mental state
  • clarity in thoughts and vision
  • right perception

Yoga postures provide gentle ways of keeping a mother’s body active, supple and minimize the common pregnancy symptoms, like morning sickness, constipation, nausea etc.

It helps in ensuring easier labour and smooth delivery by relieving tension around the cervix and birth canal.

To Avoid

  • No inversions
  • Over stretching abdomen
  • Strong twists
  • Twisting only under expert guidance
  • Do not over do or over exert