Things I Learned — Guru Purnima

Guru Purnima is a yearly Indian festival dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers to give thanks and offer respect. Wikipedia does a good job of explaining it so I won’t do that here. However I did think this would be a good opportunity to reflect on the wisdom of my teachers over the past year and recommit to putting those teachings to the test of daily life. Although I have not surrendered to a “guru” in the traditional manner — most of them tell us that Life and the Inner Voice are the true teachers anyway (sometimes referred to as Sadguru) — my practice is more and more guided by faith in the teachings of a few:

Rumi. 

This year Rumi has taught me to appreciate the simple ecstasy of being alive. This life is it – all there ever was and all there ever will be. Love it. Enjoy it. Dance in it. Celebrate it. Give to it.

But one of my favorite things about Rumi is how he does not ignore the state of being human — yes it is ecstasy but also “how will you know the difficulties of being human if you’re always flying off into blue perfection? Where will you plant your grief seeds?” 

I bow to your lotus feet. 

Mooji.

There has been a lot of Mooji in my world this year. The majority of my nights are spent listening to one of his talks before I go to bed. He offers me clarity of being, and an explanation for what cannot be explained. I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t even listen to new talks but just play the same ones over and again. These words need to be absorbed. He says ridiculous things like “It is your ultimate place, it’s distance less, it’s not hiding, it’s not trapped, it’s not eclipsed actually. But that’s only from its own perspective, from the perspective of identify which always functions in separation and duality it will feel like your goal is obscured by something. We are so immersed in the belief in the duality that we cannot assimilate the profundity of the unicity of the non duality truth.”

I bow to your lotus feet. 

Osho.

This guy has become more prevalent in my life this year as well. I’ve gone on an Osho focused weekend retreat and started practicing with Tarot cards based on his teachings and Zen.  He is the irreverent one, the most controversial of all the teachers I’ve ever known. There are people who troll the internet looking for opportunities to speak against him on websites. It’s amazing! Well, everything isn’t for everybody. But this year I can credit his legacy with expanding my intuition, my faith in the practice, and the understanding that a spiritual life is just life. It’s dancing and drinking (if you dance and drink), joking, grieving, fighting, exploring,  — yanno LIVING. He said “If you have found your truth within yourself there is nothing more in this whole existence to find. Truth is functioning through you. When you open your eyes, it is truth opening his eyes. When you close your eyes, it is truth who closes its eyes.”

I bow to your lotus feet. 

Amy.

Of all these teachers, Amy is the only one who actually knows of me, has spoken to me, heard me speak of my fears and insecurities, felt my doubts and hesitations, taken time out of her precious life For Me. She’s one of those people in your life who mean so much more to you than they would dare to guess. She doesn’t know how often I turn to her in meditation, asking “what about this?” and waiting to feel into what she would say — or more accurately — what she would ask.

Amy asks the best questions. She turns your defeatist statements into portals of light: “How will you show up in this ‘messy’ moment?” “Where can you find love in this ‘terrible’ place?” “What would you say to your old self if he were here right now?” 

It’s that last question, and the conversation that went along with it, that gave me one of the greatest lessons/healings of the past year. Amy showed me how to be whole. I will forever be grateful for the way she opened and continues to open my heart.

I bow to your lotus feet. 

 

Click the respective links if you want to connect: Rumi    Mooji    Osho    Amy

Now what about your teachers? What have you learned this year and who have you learned it from? Share your good and beautiful things with me…..

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4 comments on “Things I Learned — Guru Purnima

  1. I am glad you wrote this post. I don’t have any answers at the moment, but this evening when I do my journaling, I will be reflecting on my teachers for the year.

  2. devtak says:

    Great post. I guess I was lucky to have been in the presence of OSHO, as a child, at his ashram in Pune (India). Later in life, I’ve learnt a lot from Deepak Chopra, having met many of the popular & well-known ‘gurus’ in India too. These days, I’m listening to Tom Campbell & exploring the world of the Monroe Institute. I bow to all of these:)

    • kenajos says:

      What was it like to be in Osho’s presence for you…or were you too young to know and remember?

      I appreciate you taking the time to acknowledge your sources. I bow to You. _/\_

      • devtak says:

        I was in & out of the satsangs with OSHO, which were held every evening at the ashram in Pune. The saffron robes, the saffron cushions brought by the sanyasis & sanyasins in a large room with the sides open to the adjoining gardens…this was an experience that I was obviously not prepared for at the age of 13. But the cosmopolitan ambience, OSHO’s hypnotic words and dazzling presence, silent retreats…with the treats that awaited in the ashram cafe later, have remained an integral presence within me, so many decades later. The hope that we can rise beyond our mortality emanates from there, for me. OSHO was perhaps even more controversial then (late 70s) — thank my parents for introducing me to his experience!

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