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Most of us know or think they know the deep meaning of Guru Purnima. But to explain in words what Guru Purnima is…Om Namah Shivaya. What a task?  This is the challenge I am facing right now. What to say? I think that the best way to meet this challenge is to speak from the heart. Ah! Now, I feel better.

Guru Purnima is the most beautiful day of the year…especially for a devotee because it is the celebration of the devotee – the celebration of all the devotees on the planet. A devotee needs a subject of devotion in order to express his or her devotion. In the Art of Living family, we have the most precious subject of devotion: Guruji. With him, expression of devotion is so easy because Guruji lets everyone express their devotion in their own way. He accepts each devotee.

Devotion is expressed in so many ways. You express your devotion in offering him sweets.  He lovingly receives them, even if this is the 25th box of sweets he has received during the day. You express your devotion in a poem or a song.  He will listen attentively to you. You express your devotion in a painting.  He will accept it. You express your devotion in an email. He will read it, even though he receives thousands each day. You express your devotion is asking him a question.  Patiently he will answer in his own way. You express your devotion by saying, “Thank you Guruji.”  He will look at you silently with a smile. You express your devotion in a project. He will look at it with great interest and will tell you go ahead. You express your devotion in approaching him with humility asking for help, and he will definitively help you.  You express your devotion in asking him to bless your marriage, your children, your family.  He will bless you.

Guruji is here to give an opportunity for us to express our devotion and to grow in devotion. His mere presence allows that. We think that Guru Purnima is the celebration of the Guru. Yes, but it is mainly the celebration of the devotee. Once a year, in July, we gather together around Guruji to celebrate devotion in the most sacred and beautiful way.

For me, Guruji is the Devotee of all devotees. He serves humanity, and he serves all of us, all the time, all day long and even all night long. The Guru is the greatest devotee. Guruji is our greatest devotee, and Guru Purnima is a celebration of both aspects of Guruji, as devotee and Guru.

Another beautiful aspect of Guru Purnima is the darshan we receive from Guruji, that is, meeting Guruji one by one. We don’t even know the real value, depth and benefits of darshan from Guruji on the Guru Purnima day. An ocean of blessings are pouring on us. Guruji looks at you, smiles at you, listens to you, touches you or hugs you, but what you don’t see during the darshan has even more value. In the past, Guruji used to hug each and everyone. I remember, one day, I was in the darshan line waiting for my hug. I was thinking what should I say to Him. When my turn came, I approached him and he gave me a beautiful hug. I was speechless. I didn’t know what to say. He whispered in my ear: “Are you happy?”

I said, “Yes Guruji.” He looked at me with such a big smile. I was so happy. Many times, I heard Guruji say that on the Guru Purnima day if you have any desire, say it in your heart.  It will be fulfilled. In the presence of the Guru, especially on the Guru Purnima day, all desires are fulfilled.

Coming together on the Guru Purnima day is a must for all of us. We can’t miss this precious rendezvous with the Divine. We should take a few days off to come and be with Guruji on July 22nd. Don’t miss that day of celebration. It is Guruji’s day and it is your day also. You can come a few days before if you wish so that you can prepare yourself for this auspicious day by being in silence. You can be on the short or long Art of Silence course first and then, rejoice in bliss on Guru Purnima day.

I just have one word to say to all my friends and to devotees around the world: Come and be with us.

Jai Guru Dev.

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