July 8, 2022

A special message from our revered President for Guru Purnima falling this year on July 13th

The relationship between guru and disciple is the greatest expression of love in friendship; it is unconditional divine friendship, based on a shared, singular goal: the desire to love God above all else.

— Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

Dear Ones,

On this sacred day, I join with you all in honouring the inner attunement of heart, mind, and soul with our beloved Gurudeva that is the sacred foundation of our spiritual lives. Hold in your hearts, on this occasion and always, his divine promise: “Unknown I will walk by your side and guard you with invisible arms.” Through your faith in him, and your loyal practice of the sadhana he has given, you will advance steadily and surely toward the divine goal.

The perfect, God-united guru embodies all of the same qualities as God Himself — omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence — therefore, whenever we reach out to the Guru for his help, protection, guidance, and love we can know that he is there ready to respond to the deep call of our souls.

With unceasing love and blessings,

Swami Chidananda Giri

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