Asan Yoga School wishes everyone “Happy Guru Purnima”!
Here are our thoughts on Guru Purnima – Student and Teacher relation.
- Guru is a beauty that illuminates you !
- Guru-Shishya Parampara(lineage)
- Master-disciple relationship
ॐ सह नाववतु ।
सह नौ भुनक्तु ।
सह वीर्यं करवावहै ।
तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
Om Saha Naavavatu |
Let’s take a journey together
Saha Nau Bhunaktu |
Let’s nourish eachother
Saha Viiryam Karavaavahai |
Let’s make an effort together
Tejasvi Naavadhiitam-Astu |
Let’s live a life in such a way that our inner fire becomes brighter.
Maa Vidvissaavahai |
We live in such a way that we don’t envy each other.
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||
The shanti mantra from Upanishad really gives an eye opening expression of master-disciple relationship. The mantra is generally used to begin the journey. It’s like a conversation between student and teacher or master and disciple.
The whole journey is about togetherness. The teacher and student is taking journey together. Teacher doesn’t have a feeling that I know everything and I am teaching you out of ego but he is teaching from his humble heart. So that we can nourish each other. We can grow together. The effort is taken together. It’s not just the teacher who is making an effort to teach but the student also making an effort to learn with loving heart and the empty mind. Let’s make an endeavor each other. Let’s live a life in such a way that we give light to each other, our inner fire brightens together. And the most beautiful quality of this relationship is we don’t envy each other. We don’t pull each other’s legs. When you succeed I will be happy in your success, when I will succeed you become happy in my success.
All the mantras are to awaken your own energy and intelligence. And this beautiful mantra is a good example of transforming this union.
Teacher means Acharya whose function is teaching. But the function of guru is not teaching it is to wake you up. Guru has only sense of humor and presence not teaching. And therefore the relation between Guru (master) and Shishya (disciple) is subtler than teacher and students. Guru doesn’t have literal translation in English. The nearest translation of Guru is master. But he is not a master of yours, he is a master of himself who is guiding you to become a master of yourself. He is the one who has reached at the highest pick of his consciousness and helping you to reach to your own consciousness. And the disciple is the one who is ready to learn with humble heart. The whole system of yoga and meditation cannot be given in words, it descends upon you. It descends in thoughtless state of mind. Guru-Shishya or master-disciple is the most crystallised lineage of mankind.
Gratitude to all the masters on this full moon day.
This full moon is a symbol for the master. Suddenly if you open the window you cannot handle the light it will hurt your eyes but if somebody opens the carton you will be able to see the mild light. You can’t look at the truth directly you look through the master. Like you look at the sun through the reflection of moon which is so mild and beautiful.
Happy Guru Purnima !
Goa & Dharamsala