Guru Purnima celebration at the SAT Temple, Santa Cruz, California
D.: It is said that the Guru can make his disciple realize the Self by transmitting some of his own power to him. Is it true?
M.: Yes. The Guru does not bring about Self-Realization. He simply removes the obstacles to it. The Self is always realized.
D.: Is there absolute necessity of a Guru for Self-Realization?
M.: So long as you seek Self-Realization the Guru is necessary. Guru is the Self. Take Guru to be the Real Self and your self as the individual self. The disappearance of this sense of duality is removal of ignorance. So long as duality persists in you the Guru is necessary. Because you identify yourself with the body you think the Guru, too, to be some body. You are not the body, nor is the Guru. You are the Self and so is the Guru. This knowledge is gained by what you call Self-Realization.
~ Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, 7th ed., 1984, Sri Ramanasramam
Oh! By your grace, all the doubts of the mind
Disappeared in a moment.
Oh! By your grace, mundane misery and attachments
All disappeared in a moment.
Oh!By your grace, not only the world, the individuals (jiva-s), and the Supreme,
But the delusion that arises, disappeared.
Oh! By your grace, the changeless certitude that all is Brahman
Has permanently taken root.
~ The Song of Ribhu, 39:14
Guru Purnima at the SAT Temple begins with the Sadguru and then…
The following are excerpts from the dialogue.
asato ma sadgamaya
tamaso ma jyotirgamaya
mrtyorma amrtam gamaya
om santih, santih, santih
From the unreal to the Real lead me;
From darkness to Light lead me;
From death to Immortality lead me.
Om. Peace, Peace, Peace.
Nome: Sadguru Sri Ramana leads us from the unreal to the real. How does he? He, being the Reality, seems to appear as part of this unreal world…what is unreal has no existence, what is real is the only Existence. He is the Reality. He reveals His own Existence. The Reality awakens the Real to That which is the Reality…you are led to yourself — the light of your own Consciousness. Where are you being led? To the Reality—Knowledge of yourself—which is innately immortal. . . . By the guru’s instruction the nature of the disciple becomes clear; the guru remains and the disciple is no more.
There never really is a state of total darkness or ignorance.
There is still always one who knows.
Questioner: The Maharshi has made it clear—doubt the doubter. The only issue is the lack of inquiry about the doubter.
Nome: . . . Doubting that which is entirely doubtful is called practice.
FOLLOWING SATSANG IT IS TIME FOR PRASADAM . . .
Who ever thought washing dishes could be so much fun and downright funny! As Ramana devotees everything is fun!
RAMANA IS BECKONING US BACK UPSTAIRS TO THE SATSANG HALL FOR PUJA
PUJA BEGINS WITH RECITATION OF VERSES FROM ADVAITA DEVATAM
PUJA OFFERINGS BEGIN WITH LIGHTING THE CANDLES AND INCENSE.
MORE OFFERINGS TO THE SIVA LINGAM
Thank you Bhagavan Sri Ramana for giving us devotion and worship!
In Sanskrit, purna means full or complete. Purnima means night or day of the full moon. The full moon signifies the light of Consciousness shinning in all of its fullness, unobstructed by the shadow or darkness of ignorance. The Guru is the light of Consciousness. He removes the shadow or darkness of ignorance from the disciple. Guru Purnima is an opportunity where devotees can joyously engage in worshiping their guru.