What is Gurupoonam?
He who enlightens the ignorant, i.e. shines light to those in darkness, is
called a Guru. It is only Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa that can
enlighten us ignorant souls to the supreme bliss of eternal happiness, the
endless peace of the supreme Lord. Thus our supreme Guru can only be Lord
Tuesday 7th July 2009 marked Ashadh Sud Poonam, Gurupoonam, a day
dedicated to one’s Guru. His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree held the
Gurupoonam celebrations at Shree Swaminarayan Temple, London and fulfilled
the humble prayers of UK disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan.
Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band led Acharya Swaminshree and Gurudev Jeevanpran
Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa, seated on a decorated palanquin, into the
Temple and saluted them. Acharya Swamishree then performed poojan to
Jeevanpran Swamibapa, and adorned Him with beautiful flower garments and
garlands, before performing Panchamrut snan (ceremonial bathing with five
nectars) at the Lords feet.
Acharya Swamishree and Sants performed aarti to Jeevanpran Swamibapa and
the Gurupoornima Kirtan was recited, before the congregation listened to
Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s divine ashirwad.
Acharya Swamishree then bestowed His divine blessings during which He
explained the significance of this day and explicated the importance of
attaining the true Guru, Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and remaining
obedient to His commands.
Acharya Swamishree explained that by following the command of our Guru,
we acquire spiritual knowledge that enables us to sleep properly and
attain the murti of the Lord (i.e. peace through salvation). The ordinary
people in this world would see sleeping, eating, drinking etc. as peace
but this is not true peace. True peace can only be acquired by following
the command of one's guru and attaining the murti of the Lord. Acharya
Swamishree also explained that one should only do bhakti (devotion) to
please the Lord and for the moksh (salvation) of his soul but not to
attain worldly objects such as wealth or sons. A guru is not there to
fulfill worldly desires, but to lead us to the true path of salvation.
Everyone then had the privilege of performing aarti and poojan to Lord
Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree before receiving prasad
(consecrated offering) from Acharya Swamishree to complete the special
These celebrations were broadcast live over the internet.