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Global Assembly in MERU, Holland: Highlights of Maharishi's historic Guru Purnima address, July 1976
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17 July 2009
The annual global celebrations of Guru Purnima—celebrating the eternal Vedic Tradition of knowledge—continued in MERU, Holland, International Capital of the Global Country of World Peace.
In the afternoon session of Day 3 (6 July 2009), following the global Puja*, the Assembly enjoyed videotapes of two historic Guru Purnima addresses by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, followed by a review by Dr Bevan Morris, Prime Minister of the Global Country of World Peace.
Please also see the summary of the 6 July Guru Purnima afternoon session in MERU, as well as Dr Morris's review of Maharishi's first address, from Guru Purnima 1988.
Dr Morris offered the following review for the second video:
'This was the celebration by Maharishi of Guru Purnima in 1976 in Seelisberg [Switzerland]; and that was one year after the inauguration of the Dawn of the Age of Enlightenment. So he described this as the second cosmic awakening of the Age of Enlightenment, at the Capital of the Age of Enlightenment. And he explained that Guru Purnima is a day of infinite correlation, a day of Brahman [Totality], a day of Guru, a day of the fullness of Guru Tattva—the element of the Guru. [It is] the day of fullness of pure knowledge, the day of Guru expressing the enlivenment of all possibilities.
'So this day, Maharishi said, is for everyone—it's for the enlightened, for those on the way to enlightenment, and for the ignorant as well. And he explained that this is the full moon, and the full moon expresses both the greatest brilliance of light and the greatest coolness of light, and in that way it corresponds exactly to the transcendental reality itself.
'He also explained that the key gift of the awakening that comes with Guru Purnima is how to desire and fulfil desires. And he said what is required is to desire from the least excited state of consciousness—to sit as the ground state of the universe, on the level of infinite correlation between physical reality and consciousness, and desire from there—on the level where the Self is swelling within itself—defined in the Bhagavad-Gita in the expression Yogasthah kuru karmani.**
'And the love for the Guru on this day just swells this automatic level of desiring, where both silence and activity are fully engaged. Instead of running about as in the past, this is the day when one realizes: one could sit within myself in a lordly state, and create everything automatically. This is the reminder of the day, to be seated in the unmanifest basis of everything—the Self.
Maharishi also explained the reality of Guru repeatedly, Dr Morris said. Guru means the teacher who dispels the darkness of ignorance. Such teachers are man's guides on earth, furthering the evolution of all creation. They are above the limitations of religions or race. Even for the enlightened, Maharishi said, who may be 'lost in Transcendental Consciousness', on this day they bow down to the Guru, as is the tradition in India, and then by doing that Transcendental Consciousness comes down into the boundaries of life.
'So this is the greatness of this day we'll be celebrating tomorrow,' Dr Morris said, referring to the global celebration of Guru Purnima Day, 7 July 2009.
In the coming days, Global Good News will feature more highlights from Maharishi's historic 1976 Guru Purnima address, through the enlightened commentary of Dr Bevan Morris.
* Puja is a Vedic ceremony of gratitude, to Maharishi's Master, Guru Dev, His Divinity Brahmanand Saraswati, Jagatguru Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, Himalayas.
** Established in Being [Transcendental Consciousness, the Unified Field of Natural Law], perform action (Bhagavad-Gita, chapter 2, verse 48)—explained by Maharishi in his translation and commentary on chapters 1-6.
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