The Master takes us to his Tapobhoomi

Beautiful 3 days spent in the land of Rajasthan with the Master.  Every nook and corner we travelled in Lalsot had posters of the shivir at every locations including taxis and markets. One thing i was surprised with was the heights of hospitality in a world where one thinks of so many excuses or shrinks away to even offer someone a glass of water or tea and here are the Rajasthanis, who go beyond anything to serve their guests. All the while i was thinking that the home next to the venue, where we ate food, was a place arranged by people for us as done in other locations we travel to. To my surprise while we sat on the ground and ate our food in the huge compound of this home, i saw many new people walking into this compound inside which sat ladies of the house making rotis. When people walked in, they were asked to sit, paper plates were laid and food was served immediately. The lady making rotis asked all those seated continuously whether they wanted rotis. If it was a yes, she would

Guru Purnima 2012

The auspicious day of Guru Purnima is celebrated by all disciples with utmost reverence for their Guru. The Guru, who comes into a seeker's life after multitude of merits accumulated by one. A Guru comes into one's life when it is high time for life to take the transformative change, a change that can lead one to liberation from the cycle of birth and death.

The syllable "gu" means shadows. The syllable "ru", he who disperses them,
Because of the power to disperse darkness
the guru is thus named.

Such significant and invaluable is the coming of a true Guru into one's life that there is nothing with which the Guru can be repaid with. In the Upanishads there are five signs mentioned of a satguru (true guru):
  1. In the presence of the satguru. Knowledge flourishes (Gyana raksha)
  2. Sorrow diminishes (Dukha kshaya)
  3. Joy wells up without any reason (Sukha aavirbhava)
  4. Abundance dawns (Samriddhi)
  5. All talents manifest (Sarva samvardhan).
It is important to find a true Guru and once found, surrender totally to him, come what may. Lord Krishna says to Arjuna, "Acquire the transcendental knowledge from a Self-realized master by humble reverence, by sincere inquiry, and by service. The wise ones who have realized the Truth will impart the Knowledge to you. (Bhagavad Gita) A true Guru dedicates his life selflessly for the upliftment of such dedicated seekers and the most blessed are those disciples are those who treat the Guru's words and commands as "param vaakyam" (final words).  Guru Bhakti, which means devotion to the guru is a very important aspect in the Guru-Disciple relationship.

Guru Purnima is the day when a disciple gets an opportunity to express gratitude for all the beautiful changes and grace that He has brought into one's life and circumstances." Guru Purnima means the full moon without any defect.  Here, moon means the mind, which when completely perfect shine it;s light. Moon is nothing but mind. When mind is completely perfect, it sheds light. Gurupumima is not performed by circumambulation and offerings to the Guru. What is the real offering? It is the offering of one's love. The Guru Purnima falls in the month of Aashad, in July. This year it falls on July 2nd, 2012.

This day was originally celebrated as Vyasa Purnima. Rishi Veda Vyas, the author of Mahabharata, was born on this day and he is considered to be the highest guru in the Indian tradition.

Babaji on the eve of Guru Purnima addressed seekers and disciples in DLF ashram on July 2nd, 2012 and was with everyone for about two hours before He was to leave to Mumbai to celebrate Guru Purnima there today, 5 p.m. onwards. On July 3rd, the actual day of Guru Purnima Babaji would be amongst seekers and disciples at Surat from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Babaji's message today was to do sadhana as taught by the guru everyday and asked this to be treated as Guru Dakshina to the Guru. He mentioned that once the disciple joins with the Guru, then it is the Guru who will liberate the disciple, but for that a disciple will have to strengthen the bond because if one loosens the grip on the Guru then one can drift away in Bhavsagar, ocean of illusion. And that is why sadhana hour is very important on a daily basis, which is the time that should be surrendered to the Guru and God within and this Babaji asked as be dedicated to him as Guru Dakshina (offering as gratitude to the Guru).

Babaji said, "The sadhak who walks on the path shown by the Guru and does daily sadhana, then he/she does not have to worry as all his/her work will be done by the Guru." He added, "This is where your test is. Someone will say something, someone will take you somewhere... you have to say, "I will not allow the grip on your truth to be loosened; I am going to increase whatever from whatever I have already received." Babaji said that this is what happens during amrit manthan in scriptures (churning) that the Guru does within the sadhak, all the paapa (sins) of the past surfaces up as the deadly poisons, but the Guru takes away the poison thus saving the sadhak from undergoing its miseries. Thus He asked not to get stuck in this process, nor get stuck in the wordly success that will follow, not get stuck in the ego that emerges from the growth, but rather keep the eyes fixed on the Guru itself until one gets the amrit (nectar). He said, "If any fear-provoking thought comes up, then tell the thought firmly, 'i am the disciple of my Guru and if you have to frighten, then frighten my Guru. Any worrying thought comes in, say firmly, "i am the disciple of my Guru and if you want to worry, go to my Guru and leave my trail; I will remain in Guru Kripa and I have nothing to do with worry, fear, miseries, and wandering here and there - this is not what I want and if you have anything more to talk, then go to my Guru and talk, leave me alone. Just try and do this and see, changes has to come in life but it is equally important to keep yourself with your commitments with sadhana and you will see that your life has to change. You have to live a truthful life, fulfill your responsibilities and everything has to be good."

Baba reminded, "When lot of your merits accumulate you get this human birth and even more merits you get Guru deeksha. To merge the jeevatma into atma you need Guru, and the atma then merges with the Paramatma; this belief you must sustain always with you. Do sustain the belief that if you are living a truthful life with truthful thoughts, then my life has to be successful. This is the main message I wish to give. Always remain happy, in all circumstances be happy, hold on to truth and with this faith I wish to send you that if you walking the path shown by your Guru and doing the sadhana taught by your Guru, then all your work will be taken care by your Guru. Then do not simply worry by bringing the karta (doer) bhaav. If you bring the karta bhaav, then the Guru will say, 'If you can do it, then let me pull back. So, keep doing karma. Do not worry on what will happen and what not, just keep the faith that success will be yours. Shraddha (faith), bhakti (devotion), vishwas (trust)- bring these three things into your life. Stay clearly off alasya (laziness) and pramaad (carelessness) - I repeat,  Stay clearly off alasya and pramaad - it eats away your sadhana. Work hard but do not worry of the fruits, it will surely come. Do not bring raag-dwesha (like-dislike or attraction-aversion) in your life. Do not pollute yourself but keep yourself as clean and pure as a temple. All good will happen in your life. All disciples will have good welfare."

Babaji ended this beautiful message to all disciples. This Guru Purnima is of 2012 and is a special one. This is the best time we can offer our gratitude to the grace of the Guru in our lives by treating His words and sadhana with total acceptance and trust. Happy Guru Purnima to all!

There is a saying -“Guru Govind Dono Khade, Kisko Lagu Pai, Balihari Gurudev ki Jisne Govind Diyo Batai” which means - If the Guru and the Almighty God appear before you at the same time, whom would you first bow to? Would first bow to the Guru without whose blessings one would not even recognize God.

 After a blissful two hours at DLF ashram, Babaji will celebrate Guru Purnima in Mumbai from 5 p.m. IST today (July 2, 2012). Watch this live from your home 5 p.m. onwards on


  1. Thank you Jacob for this wonderful,divine message of our Baba on this auspicious Guru Poornima day.namah shivaya.


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