Guru Purnima – 11th of July 2006

Dhyana Ashram will be celebrating Guru purnima on the 11th of july 2006, where a homa will be conducted in the morning at 6am and Paduka Pooja in the evening at 7pm.

Gurupurnima is a special day for all the gurus. The word guru is thus taken as a kind of a generic term, even though it is purely personal. The word guru has a generic sense “One who teaches”. Therefore the word can be applied to anyone who teaches. It is a term used by all and sundry to indicate someone who is an expert in an given discipline and teaches the discipline.

             The word guru is made up of two syllabus “gu” and “ru”. The syllable “gu” stands for darkness and the syllable “ru” stands for one who dispels the darkness. Guru means one who dispels the darkness. In our tradition, darkness is always used as an example for ignorance. The darkness has an capacity to cover a thing that is existent . A teacher’s job is to make the other person “see”. When I bring in the light, the light cannot produce a thing which is not existent in the room. Similarly, a teacher cannot make someone else out of a person, but if the person does not the fact about the world or about one’s body, mind or about oneself, then the teacher can bring to light for this person “what is”. The guru is one who dispels darkness and makes you recognise “what is”. This analogy of darkness and light is used to describe a teacher as one who brings to light “what is”.

           On this day of the gurus, we remember the sage Vyasa. In fact, this day is called Vyasa Purnima, the day of Vyasa, without whom, there would have been no vedic tradition of teaching. It has something very special to offer to the humanity because of Vyasa. He is considered our last link to the tradition of which we have no histroy. Vedas are looked upon as anadi, beginning less. So we do not know the beginning of the Vedas, but we know Veda Vyasa. He collected all the hymns and presented them in four vedas and thereby presented this most ancient body of knowledge. Vyasa is our last link of this knowledge. That is why he is always remembered with great reverence in our culture. Therefore, Sankara in his commentaries uses the word Bhagavan as an adjective to him.

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Swami Omkarananda Saraswati’s visit to Dhyana Ashram

 

Swami Omkarananda Saraswati visited Dhyana Ashram.

 He gave an inspiring talk on “Advaitham”

“Kanan Katiya Valiyum valluvar valvial nerium”

Omkarananda Saraswati,
” Swami Chidbhavananda Asram”,
P.Box No 23
Veda Puri,
Chattrapatti Road
Theni – 626531,
Tamilnadu
Tel : 04546-251910 (dir) 253908,
Mob 98421-73908, 044- 28534603
vedanta@md4.vsnl.net.in
mdu_vedanta@sancharnet.in

About our Swami

Swami was born in Kulim, Malaysia. He underwent his childhood around a plantation background and received his early childhood education there. Throughout this phase of life the best of conduct and adherence to religious principles was the ultimate by his family. However at this tender age, though was not directly expose to religious scriptures or philosophical studies but thirst for these area was very great.

The search for educational advancement and ambition took Swami to Penang where he completed his secondary and college education. His direct contact with the public came with his vocation as an English teacher. He was posted to various rural areas and it was at this phase of time, he made in depth studies of the Hindu religion, scriptures and philosophies His entire life to and pivoted devotion and worship. Everywhere He went, work or lived He was a role model with exceptional service orientations in the name of God -conducting pooja, cordinating religious activities, organizing religious festivals and celebrations and throughout portraying qualities which has become reality today – A Swamiji.

Ten years was enough has a teacher and thirst within Him was unanswered. At this stage everyone interacting with Him knew and noticed the profundity and unparalleled authoritative wisdom and mastery on many scriptures. He said that it was at this transitional time frame that He met Swami Brahma Shree Sivananda. The much foreseen finally surfaced – He resigned as a teacher, denounced His attachment and announced His destiny which was the aim within Him and with the blessings and guidance of His Guru, there after his burning thirst for self knowledge drove him to Chinmaya mission at Bombay ,India where he underwent a vigorous study of traditional hindu scriptures called Vedas. He left Malaysia to take up scriptural studies in ‘Vedanta’ under the esteem patronage of His Holiness Swami Chinmayananda at Chinmaya Mission Bombay.

Upon completion or rather ‘graduating’ it may be said from the mission, Swamiji started a centre of Dhyana Mandram at Lunas, Kedah. This later blossomed into Dhyana Ashram and became a centre for spiritual knowledge.Upon completion of his studies he met Swami Dayananda Saraswati at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam,Tamil Nadu ( Dayananda Ashram, Coimbatore India ).He got more exposed to the comprehensive Vedic Teaching programme of Vedantic studies .Later Swami was initiated in Sanyase Dhiksha (monk-hood ) by Swami Dayananda Saraswati on the auspicious day of Sivarathiri.

Today Dhyana Ashram has become the nucleus to many Satsang, Yaknyas, Vedic Chanting, Seminars, Meditation sessions, Religious Festival and Celebrations. Beside quoting and expounding the philosophy of the Geeta, Upanishad, Vedas and other scriptures, Swamiji has used practical examples of everyday life in order to benefit people from all walks of life. His talks are in such simplicity that it easily dispels all doubts that possibly arise in the minds of the aspirants before Him.

A teacher of teachers, Swami Dayananda designed and taught six resident in-depth Vedanta courses, each spanning 30 to 36 months.

Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati is an eminent scholar and an outstanding teacher of the Brahma Vidya, the truth revealed by the Upanishads at the end of the Veda. He belongs to a lineage of traditional teachers who help students to understand Vedanta by creating a proper context to convey complex ideas in simple terms.

Swami Dayananda Saraswati is not a preacher giving sermons, nor is he a missionary trying to spread a particular belief. Also, he is not a mystic promising subjective experiences. Through his teaching Swamiji helps every student to see the truth revealed by the Upanishads as a verifiable fact. He combines his deep scholarship and vivid communication skills with his pragmatic view of society. This is evident in the way he blends in the different situations of life into his teachings and discussions.