Guru Purnima Havan Inauguration
Join us at the Kashi Nivas Shiva Meditation Ashram on Guru Purnima for the inauguration of our newly installed outdoor Havan Kund and Mandap. The festivities begin with recitation of the Guru Gita and a ribbon cutting ceremony, then continue with a Guru Havan (fire ritual) with intention setting, offerings, and mantra recitation. Following that, we’ll enjoy a community potluck along with a satirical skit on yoga, performed by improv actors Katie Parzych and Allyson Miko. We'll then conclude the evening with a rousing kirtan that will include many guest vocalist and musicians. There will also be time for observation of the blood moon eclipse that occurs the same evening.
If you have a deep intention to manifest, or something you’d like to symbolically sacrifice, contact us to be among the seven people that make-up the first circle around the kund during the Guru Havan. This is a FREE donation-based community program. Kashi Nivas Shiva Meditation Ashram is a section 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation.
WHAT TO BRING
Cushion or chair for sitting on the deck or courtyard
Healthy dish, snack, or drink for the potluck
Offering of rice, incense, ghee, herbs, flowers, etc. for the havan
Photo or murti of your guru, teacher, or mentor for the altar
APPROXIMATE TIME SCHEDULE
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Guru Gita Recitation and Ribbon Cutting
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Guru Havan, Offerings, and 108 Mantras
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Potluck and Satirical Yoga Skit
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Kirtan, Bhajans, and Musical Offerings
9:30 PM - 10:00 PM Blood Moon Eclipse Viewing
WHAT IS GURU PURNIMA
Guru Purnima is an Indian spiritual tradition dedicated to spiritual teachers, and evolved or enlightened people, who freely share their wisdom with little or no monetary expectation. The event is celebrated on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashadha as it is known in the calendars of India and Nepal. It is traditionally observed by Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains to express gratitude to their spiritual teachers. It is also celebrated as a festival in Nepal by the Nepalese Hindus and Buddhists. In addition to having religious importance, this observance of Guru Purnima has great significance for academics and scholars.
Shiva is known as the Adi Guru, or first Guru, as he is considered by many as having taught the original Rishis and sages who went on to spread the wisdom worldwide. The guru principle (or guru tattva) is a cosmic principle that allows for the development of one’s inner consciousness to move from its contracted form to the highest expansion of consciousness. It is often referred to as anugraha or the grace bestowing aspect of the five-fold functions of Shiva. Although this can take the form of an individual being led by a guru, it can also be a path where wisdom and knowledge is transmitted over time by faith in this universal truth. On Guru Purnima, devotees offer puja (worship) or pay respect to their Gurus, teachers, spiritual guides, and Ishta Devas, as the Guru Principle is said to be a thousand times more active on the day of Guru Purnima than on any other day. Guru Purnima is also known as Vyasa Purnima and this day is commemorated as the birth anniversary of Veda Vyasa.
WHAT IS A HAVAN
A havan is a religious ceremony performed in temples and in homes that involves worship through the use of a sacred fire. The use of fire as a means of worship is the most ancient of all rites, going back to the earliest Vedic times. The fire ritual is described in elaborate detail in the Brahmanas. From the earliest of Vedic times and even to present day, fire (Agni) was viewed as the chief of the Gods. In fact, the first verse of the Rig Veda is addressed to Agni, the fire God. "I praise Agni, the chosen Priest, God, minister of sacrifice..." Havan is a symbolic form of communication with the Divine. Agni is said to be the vehicle between the worshiper and God.