Today is guru Purnima, the day when the Guru is recognised and venerated on the July full moon day. Yoga comes through to us via direct transmission, Guru to Chela, teacher to student, this is recognised in the lineage of yoga, and there are many different images to illustrate this, a classical one being a single candle lighting another candle. The Guru guides us from not knowing to knowing, from darkness to light.
The Guru awakens, or reawakens, something within. This is very indicative of how this is not just a passing along of information and techniques, but actually the kindling of something within the practitioner. In the modern world with snappy one liners, Instagram photos and slick advertising extending through the world of yoga, this becomes even more important to experience
The teacher is one who transmits Yoga and reignites something within. Not someone who takes us on a wild goose chase, promising that “it” lies down further along the line, accessed via more efforts, the gaining of higher knowledge, Yoga postures perfected, body perfected. The outer guru is awakening the inner guru, giving an immediate experience of Yoga, of harmony.
In literature the question is often asked about how the Chela recognises the Guru, it is replied that in the Guru’s company, all one’s doubts are dispelled, they feel at ease and know that all is well. In our daily experience of ourselves and life, if we can really feel like this, via our Yoga practice, studies, teachers, to feel at real ease with ourselves, with the world around us, to experience life happening both perfectly and magnificently, then we have experienced the grace of Guru.
With much respect and love to those who have transmitted Yoga to me.