The word "Guru" in Sanskrit is translated as "dispeller of darkness." Hence the Guru dispels the darkness of ignorance and leads the aspirants on the path to enlightenment. The day of Guru Purnima is traditionally the time when seekers offer the Guru their gratitude and receive his blessings. Guru Purnima is also considered an especially beneficial day to practice yogic sadhana and meditation.
We will hold a Guru puja and tell stories of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda's lives and work. During puja (a beautiful, ancient devotional ceremony), we make a series of offerings in their honor.
All are invited to join. No charge. (Flowers, sweets or donations welcome.)