Guru Purnima

daily updates Jul 23, 2021

Today is the auspicious Guru Purnima, and the Full Moon happens at 10:37pm EST. Guru Purnima is the day for acknowledging the Guru, the one who takes us from the darkness of our own ignorance and separation from Higher Self (Avidya) to the Light (Jyoti) of our Spirit (Jyotish).

At the time of the Full Moon, the Moon in Uttara Ashada Capricorn Pada 4 is sitting with Saturn in Shravana Pada 3 and opposing the Sun in Pushya Pada 2.

Today is about surrender. What is surrender to All That Is, and how do we do it? The undisciplined mind can never surrender as it’s filled with too many distractions.

The mind needs to first be purified and then slowly, over time, focused on one object. One can attempt to keep the mind centered and surrendered in oblivion, but even Krishna in The Bhagavad Gita Ch 12.5 says that’s folly:

“For those whose minds are attached to the unmanifest, the path of realization is full of tribulations. Worship of the unmanifest is exceedingly difficult for embodied beings.”


There’s a system to the art of surrendering. Saturn imposes that system when it’s yoked to the Moon. Discipline is hard for the sensitive, limitless, volatile, fluctuating mind.

The undisciplined mind can see this conjunction as depressing, anxiety inducing, heavy, exhausting, and difficult today. The disciplined mind will be cool, calm, steady, stable, and collected.

Shravana is about listening to something deeper within and we can only do that when the mind is disciplined and available to hear. In Pada 3 ruled by Mercury, it’s about yoking the intellect to the Higher Self to create Buddhi Yoga.

Listen to the inner voice of the Higher Self. Make a commitment to discipline the mind so that it is available to hear. How to do this? Begin with practicing Yamas and Niyamas. Begin with focusing just on the natural breath. Counting the breath is also a way to begin to focus the mind.

When Moon opposes Sun, the mind is full of thoughts and emotions. It’s at its most volatile and we get a clear look at the contents of our own mind.

Saturn is here to help us begin a new program of disciplining the mind, if we take it. Or we can fight it today and complain about how bad we feel.

Follow the Guru. Jupiter, Guru, is sitting in the 2nd house of our values in Saturn’s sign, Aquarius in Pada 4 of Dhanishtha. Dhanishtha is about becoming a container for the Divine, bringing Heaven into the earth of our own being, channeling that inner voice. In Scorpio Navamsa we allow it to change and transform us within. It’s the internal alchemy we undergo that makes us available to the Higher Self within. Then our values become in alignment with All That Is within and without us.

This Full Moon (Purnima) is called the Guru Purnima for this reason. And the energy of this Moon will carry us until the next New Moon so we can use this energy wisely to discipline ourselves and our own mind.

Yoke with the Higher Intellect. Make the mind available to hear the Inner Voice. Begin to practice Yamas and Niyamas. That’s the first step before any other. See my article on Dharma and Yamas and Niyamas here.

May we all reconnect with the Divine within us. 🙏 Jai Bhagwan and happy Guru Purnima.