With unity, stability and determination, we express our gratitude to Mohanji through serving the world and thus taking it to something higher and more glorious. We express unconditional love, compassion, kindness, selflessness, and non-violence in our daily life. We always ask, “Is there something I can do for you?”, “Can I help you?”, “Is there something which we can do to make the life of the people around us better? etc. Many platforms express these true values ad add value to society. Our activities intensified on the auspicious day of Guru Purnima.
Here are some glimpses into the activities that took place on the occasion of Guru Purnima.
CANADA FARSI UK NETHERLANDS DENMARK & NEPAL INDIA CROATIA SERBIA SPAIN SOUTH AFRICA
HIMALAYAN SCHOOL OF TRADITIONAL DANCE
EARLY BIRDS CLUB
INDIVIDUAL EXPRESSIONS OF GRATITUDE
Satsang with Mohanji
“Guru Purnima serves as a reminder of our possibility in this lifetime. The highest possibility. The possibility where you can achieve a state of extreme stability and stillness, which cannot be disturbed by any aspect of life around us.” – Mohanji
You can also read it here
Watch Guru Purnima celeration in Datta Tapovan
A humble offering from Mohanji Farsi Team at the lotus feet of Mohanji Baba
Happy Guru Purnima Father
Guru Stotram with Farsi translation
Salutations are to that guru who showed me the abode, the one who is to be known, whose form is the entire universe and by whom all the movable and immovable are pervaded.
Salutations are to that guru who opened the eye of one blind due to the darkness (cover) of ignorance with a needle coated with the ointment of knowledge.
Salutations to that guru who is the Creator, Sustainer, and Destroyer, who is the limitless one.
Salutations are to that guru who showed me the one to be known, who permeates whatever is movable, immovable, sentient, or insentient.
Salutations to that teacher who showed me (by teaching) the One to be known, who is but Awareness, and who is the pervader of all three worlds comprising the sentient and insentient.
Salutations are to that guru who is the Sun to the lotus of Vedanta and whose lotus feet are made radiant by the jewel of all Srutis (Upanishads).
Salutations are to that guru who is Awareness, changeless (beyond time), who is peace, beyond space, pure (free from likes and dislikes), and who is beyond the manifest and the unmanifest (Nada, Bindu, etc.).
Salutations are to that guru who is rooted in the knowledge that is power, adorned with the garland of Truth, and who is the bestower of the joy of liberation.
Salutations are to that guru who, by bestowing the knowledge of the self, burns up the bondage created by accumulated actions of innumerable births.
Salutations are to that guru; the perennial flow of wisdom from the one rooted in the vision of the sruti, dries up totally to the ocean of transmigration (samsara) and reveals the essence of all wealth (the freedom of want).
There is nothing superior to the knowledge of Truth, nothing higher than the Truth, and there is no purifying austerity better than the Truth; salutations to that guru.
Prostrations to that guru who is the Lord of the Universe, my Teacher, who is the Teacher of the Universe, who is the Self in me, and the Self in all Beings.
Salutations are to that guru who is the beginning and the beginningless, who is the highest Deity and to whom there is none superior.
O God of all gods, you alone are my mother, father, kinsman, friend, knowledge and wealth. You are everything to me.
Mohanji UK family got together at the Quakers Hall, Rayners Lane, on the evening of 13th July to celebrate Guru Purnima together.
It was an exciting moment that the team came together again at the venue of our usual meditation center which had stopped over 2 years since Covid lockdown, and also meeting again just after the recent programs with Mohanji during his visit to the UK.
Many participants across the country who couldn’t join this physical gathering joined via Zoom online platform.
Everyone gathered and offered their respect to Guru through the Guru Paduka Puja amidst the chanting of Guru Paduka Stotram chant.
Then a series of devotion songs were sung by many devotees that filled in some emotional moments too, with a feeling of Mohanji’s presence.
Subhasree Thottungal, Mohanji Acharya, then spoke about the essence and significance of celebrating Guru Purnima and how this is in perfect synchronicity with Mohanji’s core teaching, “BE YOU”.
Chairman Vijay Ramanaidoo then spoke about the true meaning of connecting to Guru via selfless service, and he gave the example of the Act4Ukraine project. He also announced the new project of “ACT4SRILANKA” that the team has taken up, inspired by Mohanji.
Many devotees then shared their experiences of their journey with Mohanji, and their transformation.
Finally, everyone offered Aarati to Mohanji and then it was time to enjoy the home-cooked delicious vegan prasad that everyone had made and brought with so much love.
Devotion, music, motivation, emotion and scrumptious food – it was a complete platter of contentment and satisfaction for all.
An event celebrated well!
On this beautiful, sunny, auspicious day of Guru Purnima on a land surrounded by water which made it even more auspicious to include all 5 elements: Earth, Fire, Air, Water and Either, as an honouring to all the Masters we have conducted a sacred Homa fire ceremony.
Whoever was there was able to write down on a paper everything they would like to eliminate from their life and burn it in the fire, which helps reduce the karmic burden of this lifetime.
Kannaiah and Lennart from GKS Nederlands made it even more beautiful with chanting the sacred chants while the rest were meditating in silence.
Letting go of past heaviness and ready for a new fresh start in life the day ended with an amazing sunset and prasad made by the lovely ladies from Shri Lanka.
13 July, a beautiful, sunny, special day, the day of Guru Poornima we were on a country in Onderdijk, surrounded by water which made it even better to experience all the 5 elements Earth, Fire, Air, Water and Either. To honour all the Masters we held a sacred Homa fire ceremony.
Everyone who attended could write down on a piece of paper everything they would like to remove from their lives and burn it in the fire, which helps reduce the karmic burden of this life .
Kannaiah and Lennart of GKS Nederland made it even more beautiful by reciting the Sri Rudram while the rest meditated in silence.
Ended the day with a beautiful sunset and prasad made by the lovely ladies of Sri Lanka .
Denmark and Nepal
On Guru Purnima Mohanji Denmark, together with Mohanji Nepal, arranged annadan in Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Nepal, through our ACT4Hunger volunteers in Nepal.
In Denmark, we have community charity dinners for the benefit of underprivileged people in Nepal on a bi-weekly basis. This is a wonderful way to socialize and introduce Mohanji platforms to more people.
But for the special day, people from across the world within the Mohanji family eagerly contributed because they understood that feeding the Sadhus and disabled people living in the Pashupatinath temple area on the auspicious day of Guru Purnima was an opportunity of a lifetime.
The team served 300 kilos of dry rations to the Sadhus and disabled people in Pashupatinath, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Each ration package contained 10 kgs of rice, dahl, tea, sugar and ginger.
“Serving sadhus and needy people with rations gave great satisfaction. Getting blessings on the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima from Sadhus made my day! Thank you, Mohanji Family, for organising Annadaan and giving me chance to serve them and get blessings. I would love to be part of your other further programs. Thank you.” Said Volunteer Manoj.
This year we celebrated Guru Purnima in Split. Helena Bjelaković, Mohanji Acharya, held a program of Conscious Mantra Chanting and Conscious Dancing. At the beginning of the program, Ivana Surya, a student of the Himalayan School of Traditional Dance, held a short Kathak dance. For the first time in Croatia, participants from other cities (Zagreb, Rijeka, Pula, Nova Gradiška, Barcelona) took part in the program via Zoom. At the end of the program, we performed Arti and stayed to enjoy the wonderful energy that connected us.
ACT Croatia team visited farm animals sanctuary ‘Grgin konak’ and donated 39 kg of animal food. In Split, ACT Croatia volunteers cooked 40 vegan meals for homeless people. ACT volunteers in Pula visited a shelter for the homeless and donated 34 kg of fruits. (See ACT Foundation below)
On 13th July, full moon day, in a joyous atmosphere, full of love and comradeship, we marked Guru Purnima – Day dedicated to gratitude to all teachers. This year, we celebrated this day in Mohanji Centres in Belgrade and Novi Sad.
All attendees enjoyed the dance performance by the Himalayan School of Traditional Dance. This type of dance which represents a unity of dance movements with deeper meaning and carefully selected music led us through ancient India. There was also mantra chanting, experience sharing and transformations that people experienced with him.
In Belgrade, the celebration was enriched with the performance and songs by the Lotus band, and in Novi Sad, by Natalija Mejandzijev.
Everything was spiced up with delicious vegan snacks – how else could it be?
On this auspicious day of Guru Purnima, Spanish website mohanji.org/es has been launched
Kindly share it with your Spanish-speaking friends.
Shiri Sai Baba ashram in Nonoti, Stanger
Chanting was happening across India
Himalayan School of Traditional Dance
On the occasion of Guru Poornima, the two groups of Vedic Kids had programs as offerings to the Guru Parampara.
Early Birds Club
On this auspicious day of Guru Purnima, the Early Birds Club Balkans website klubranoranilaca.rs was launched.
Individual expressions of gratitude
By Giselle Mehta from India:
On Guru Poornima this year, I appreciate the opportunity to acknowledge the Guru’s presence in my life, with a focus on the previous year.
My connection with the Guru has been an immense reassurance amidst the dangers and desolation of nights when I venture out to feed animals. I discern his handiwork in difficult acts of animal rescue and welfare activities that happen within my circle.
A desire of mine to attend a Mohanji program in Shirdi was fulfilled with the retreat in December 2021. It was an even bigger dream come true when Mohanji and family briefly stopped by at my home in Mangalore on the way back from their visit to the Kollur Mookambika temple. Mohanji and his lovely group spent some time on the beach adjoining my house. A week later, on New Year’s day 2022 there was an unusual natural phenomenon. My daughter and her friend had got into the water when they were suddenly surrounded by schools of fish and a pod of dancing dolphins. There have been no dolphin sightings that have been reported in this stretch of waters. I would term it the “Mohanji effect”- a gift of cosmic connection to a family of animal lovers from a spiritual figure who stands out in rare empathy for all beings. Awed…
In December, I commenced Bharatanatyam classes with HSTD. I was apprehensive about this bold leap having sustained fractures in both my ankles in the recent past. The fracture in my left ankle had not fully healed and I walked with a limp. My initial classes were with elastic bandages on; I feared the vigorous stamping and leg movements might hamper healing and aggravate injury. But my determination to avail the learning opportunity was strong and I surrendered to the Guru to get me through the challenges of each class. After a few classes, I shed the bandages and forgot about my injuries. My limp is a thing of the past, and I feel I now walk with a spring in my step. I look forward to my weekly tryst with classical dance mentored by my lovely teachers and the subtle presence of the Guru.
The Empowerment programs I attended online propelled me into an active mode in some pending areas of personal passion. The journey to discover and value one’s personhood is indeed a precious and practical takeaway. Love and Gratitude for each day’s growth in consciousness…
By Farshad from USA
By Ruchika Gandhi from India:
When I try to look for words, I find only stillness and deep joy within.
When I try to think how best to express my feelings, I only find to serve all beings and witness their smiles.
And then I find You are in me and everyone around me.
When I think of you, I think of me
When I think of me, I think of you.
When this you and me is dissolved, the ocean of unfathomable love is born.
When I seek outside, you tell me to seek within. And then when I seek within, I lose everything.
Gratitude father for everything. Words may not be able to describe the grace and blessings you have showered on me and my family. Thank you for receiving me, loving me, guiding me and showing me the path of light within and without. Love you deva. Pranams at thy lotus feet.
By Sandra Sankar from South Africa:
I feel you everywhere beloved Parabrahma swaroopa Mohanji… in this restless world and in the very tapestry of nature. I am you. You are ME. So, I’ve learned to BE myself. I am the dust beneath your lotus feet and in all dimensions. I am learning to love myself and become the epitome of unconditional love like you. Let there be peace and freedom in this world with your grace and may we all attain our highest potential as KIND humans. Love love love you back mere pyaare Baba.
By Elham from USA
Mohanji Baba, I’m eternally grateful for your existence on this earth in this period of time. I don’t know how my life could be without you in my life. I cherish each one of many blessings that you shower on me in every moment. There’s no word to describe your greatness, kindness, compassion and love. You are unlimited ocean of love that everyone can get filled as much as they take and still you stay unaffected, such generosity. Always stay at your lotus feet.
By Nikolina Kasovic from Spain:
Beloved Guru, gratitude to all what you are giving is behond this world, love that you are sharing greatly, cannot be described with words! I love you and will continue to walk with you! Jai Mohanji!Beloved Guru, gratitude to all what you are giving is behond this world, love that you are sharing greatly, cannot be described with words! I love you and will continue to walk with you! Jai Mohanji!
Tashmin Ramesseur from South Africa:
Pranaams and humble prostration at your Lotus feet ShriGuruji. I bow down at the Lotus feet of ShriGuruji on this auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima to express my Gratitude for always being with me and for all that you do for my family and I and most importantly for Empowering us
in all ways. Love, Light, Healing and Blessings. Wishing you a very Happy Guru Purnima.
By Kamla Pillay from South Africa:
By Hamid from Iran
All my soul is ready to dissolve in your consciousness.
Please hold my hand.
Please Fill me with your consciousness.
Please guide me.
Please accept me.
Please grace me.
You sitting in my heart center.
You are singing.
Every bit of my soul and being loves you.
By Palak Mehta from India:
I don’t remember the day I was born, but I remember the day I found out why thanks to Mohanji! And it made my life complete.
Blessed are those who meet a true Master to guide them to find themselves.
It takes lifetimes to even recognise a true Master. He found me, and rescued me from my aimless, destructive self and guided me to light. I’m so grateful to have met Him in this life!
By Swami Bhaktananda from South Africa:
I asked myself how do I thank the person who has changed everything in my life. How do I thank the person that saved me from my own mind? How do I thank the person that saved me from so much pain, that I did not even know was there?
And I don’t really know. I don’t know how to say thank you for saving me when had no self-value. I don’t know how to say thank you to the person that held me together when my parents died. I do not know how to say thank you to the person who stood by me when I was alone.
All I can say now is I love you. All I can say is Happy Guru Poornima. All I can do is prostrate to you feet with all my heart.
By Smriti Mathur from Australia
By Ulla Bernholdt from Denmark:
Mohanji the Ultimate Sacrifice
How can I speak of the stature of my Guru?
I never knew him.
The most ordinary of men but still not a man.
I can only speak about my experience.
Mohanji, when I first met you, in an instant, you gave me everything I could ever think of.
Still, you keep giving and only giving. Never asking for anything in return.
No desire of mine is too big, too small or too silly.
To you, it’s all the same.
You sacrificed your own life so that I can have a life of fulfilment and transformation, ensuring I don’t need to return.
You are there for me through time and space.
Even in my dreams, you are there, always serving me.
When not possible in the daytime you allow me to be with you in my sleep.
My biggest desire is to serve you
But how is that possible?
You never needed anything from me.
Please let me serve you through thousands of mouths of those in need.
May I only see your face and your feet in everyone I meet.
Father, I bow at your holy feet on this Guru Purnima and every day.
My deepest respect and Love,
By Jyothi Bahl from India:
Amidst deep gratitude to our Guru Mohanji, the devotees rejoiced with love and happiness. On the occasion of Guru Poornima Miraculously, mid-way during the Bhajans, water (jal) manifested on Mohanji’s photograph as a blessing and acceptance of prayers. The devotees sang with astonishment, gratitude and increased devotion.
By Nirupma Chowdhary and Natesh Ramsell
An updated version of Nirupma’s song with a couple additional verses and words honoring Mohanji. Text by Nirupma Chowdhary and music by Natesh Ramsell.