Guru Purnima

Jivamukti Yoga with Joanna & Jeanine

Today July 31st 2015,  is a special full moon and Guru Purnima.

The Guru stotram, a traditional chant to the guru

Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshvara, 
Guru Sakshat, Param Brahma, Tasmai Shri Gurave Namaha 

is one of the many opening prayers in Jivamukti open classes.

We all emerged from the darkness of our mother’s womb into the light of life. Yogic teachings honor the mother, as the first guru;  guru literally means, dispeller of darkness. As we chant Guru Brahma (the creation principle), we give full appreciation to the fact that because we were born, our birth makes enlightenment possible in this lifetime. We include not only our parents but the shape our nose, the very bodies they gave us, the place we were born, our culture, all of that made us « suitable candidates for enlightenment ». As we invoke Guru Vishnu (the force of preservation), we acknowledge the entirety of our…

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