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Guru Purnima

July 2nd - 7th 2009

Colorado RainbowHindus around the world celebrate the life of their Guru, or spiritual teachers on Guru Purnima each year. On the Hindu Calendar it occurs when the Moon is full in the Hindu month of Ashad. Most commonly its observed as a sacred day devoted to the memory of the great sage or man of wisdom and Knowledge, Veda Vyasa. An ancient saint, he edited and completed the Vedas (splitting one work into four parts), wrote the Puranas, and the Mahabharata. He was the son of Parashara who wrote the Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra that we follow today as students of Jyotish.

In writing the first chapter of the Mahabharata, he asked Ganesha to aid him as scribe.

Around the world, in all religions and belief systems, the spiritual leader, the Guru, the Sin Sei, the Master, the Teacher performs as an "intermediary," between God, or the higher realms and humanity, transmitting knowledge and blessing to mankind. Humility is often an indicator of a "true," teacher. I once heard the Great teacher (maha means great) Maharishi Mahesh Yogi say, that even if a teacher is a "false" teacher, if the aspirant or seeker is "true," they will find the bliss of success in their search.
Guru and Ganesha

My Taoist teacher has been known to say, "you have a little peep hole to look out on the universe, I just have a little bigger peep hole."

In gratitude for the humble selfless offerings of our teachers and Gurus, we celebrate their lives and offer our obisciences, celebrations, gifts and pujas during the festivals held at this time of year. Guru purnima for 2009 occurs on Tuesday, July 2nd. In the United States, the chart looks like this:

Guru Purnima Chart

The Moon, will be in Purva Ashada nakshatra, and is associated with Varuna, the celestial Vedic god of the sky.

In closing as astrologers, we all honor and give respect to Vyasa on Guru Purnima and continue on to honor all of our teachers both current and past along the way.

So, thank you - to all of you, for as my students, you are all my teachers. Once one of my jyotish gurus wisely told me, "teach, teach as much as you can, for only in teaching will you find where the gaps in your knowledge occur."

So, I decided I would teach Muhurta, something I was not that polished or adept at in my understanding. I studied and prepared and worried that I would not remember enough, stayed up late into the night preparing, before I gave that first Muhurta class in Washington DC in the early 90's.

Today, the core of my consulting practice is Muhurta or Horary Astrology. On Guru Purnima, I always remember to have gratitude for his sage advice. Most of all, I remember my first teacher, my Grandfather as he pointed at the sky when I was small, and said "see that? That's Sagittarius, and that? That's Scorpio!

Happy Guru Purnima everyone!


Christina Collins, Jyotish Kovid, Jyotish Vachaspati, began her studies with her grandfather at age 7 and is a third generation sidereal astrologer specializing in the Vedic system. She received her honorary titles from the late Dr. B.V. Raman, former President of the ICAS (Indian Council for Astrological Sciences) in New Delhi and Bangalore, India. She is the first and sole American woman to be honored by the highly held title of Jyotish Vachaspati (Jyotish – the light bearer and Vachaspati – the one who speaks the truth and whose predictions come true.) Co-author in “Hindu Astrology Lessons,” she is Editor and contributor for the ACVA News, the CVA Journal and contributes an astrological column for . She serves as Faculty and resides on the Board of ACVA (American College for Vedic Astrology) and is CEO of Celestial Resources and The Academy for Vedic Studies where she serves corporate and private international clients from students to celebrities.

Christina’s consultation contact information:

Christina Collins, J.K., J.V.
Lafayette, (Boulder County) CO, USA
web site:
phone: 303-665-9996

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