sai-netraGuru Poornima is celebrated in the lunar month of Ashad (July) on the full moon day (Poornima) as a day dedicated to the Guru (spiritual teacher). However, Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba formally revived this ancient tradition of honoring the Guru in 1956 as an important spiritual festival to be celebrated by all aspirants.


God as Guru and Guide

Since time immemorial, across religions, cultures and spiritual traditions there is a deep yearning and reverence for a teacher/guide to lead man through this great adventure called life. This is evidenced through the life of holy persons and scriptures. Since a very young age, Sathya Sai Baba began His role as a spiritual teacher, guiding all on the path to goodness and godliness through His personal example and through secular initiatives like the Pandhari bhajan group (children’s choir) and the street theater based on stories from scriptures or contemporary social issues calling for reform and equality. In October 1940, Sathya Sai Baba declared His mission and the first message as the Avatar of the age was, “Manasa Bhajore Guru Charanam, Dusthara Bhava Sagara Taranam …” (O Mind, take refuge at the feet of the Guru; He will guide you across this ocean called life.)

Guru Poornima is celebrated in the lunar month of Ashad (July) on the full moon day (Poornima) as a day dedicated to the Guru (spiritual teacher). However, Sri Sathya Sai Baba formally revived this ancient tradition of honoring the Guru in 1956 as an important spiritual festival to be celebrated by all aspirants. It is a day dedicated to i) remembering the Guru with gratitude, ii) reflecting on the Guru’s teachings and iii) resolving to put it into daily practice. In preparation for Guru Poornima (July 19, 2016), you may download the Document below to read, listen and view excerpts from Guru Poornima discourses given by Sri Sathya Sai Baba for individual or group study.
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