We celebrated Vyas Puja last month, and have included some pictures from the day. The highlight was Acharyaji’s short speech on Sunday.

“Dhyana Moolam Guror Murti, Pooja Moolam Guror Padam, Mantra Moolam Guror Vakyam, Moksha Moolam Guror Kripa

Hershji translated this beautiful mantra for us: I want to meditate on the form of my Guru, pray to the feet my Guru, every word of my Guru is sacred, and moksha comes only from the grace of my Guru “guru kripa”. Simple words but hard to comprehend, Hershji explained that we want to identify with the Godliness of our Guru. This is the real “puja” of the day, not just the rituals.

Finally, Acharyaji spent some time discussing the relationship between the Guru and disciple. It is important to do seva (selfless-service), not because the Guru needs it but it makes us humble, heightens our intellect, and helps us see God in everyone. Seva prepares one to absorb the knowledge from a Guru, but one must actually be in the presence of their Guru to do this. Just like the dialogue between Krishna and Arjun happened in person, we must make the effort to engage in a conversation of questions and answers to progress on the Yogic path.

To find your Guru, look for someone who has knowledge of the scriptures, an ability to explain them to you, nobility of character, and actually experienced what they are teaching.

Watermelon Gazpacho

This is truly “summer in a bowl”! Delightful! Adapted from a “Raw Food
Real World” recipe.

Makes 4 Servings


4 cups watermelon, seeded and pureed in a high-speed blender
1 cup watermelon, diced small
1 cup seeded tomato, diced small (about 1 large or 2 small tomatoes)
l/2 cup peeled, seeded cucumber, diced small
l/2 cups peeled jicama, diced small
l/2 cup red bell pepper, diced small
2 tablespoons lime juice
l/4 cup inced cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons minced mint leaves
1 teaspoon minced ginger
l/2 small red jalapeno, seeded and minced
1 scallion, minced
1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper

In a large glass bowl or container, combine the watermelon puree with the
remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Refrigerate to chill. This recipe
should keep in the refrigerator for up to four days.

In the last month’s article, it was detailed how time is measured in Yugas. The Yogic scriptures have also illustrated micro divisions of time in a day. It was well known, even then, that time could be sub-divided into very finite units as tabled below.

१    दिन        =  ८   पहर
१   पहर        =   ३   मुहूर्त
१   मुहूर्त       =   २   नाड़ी
१   नाड़ी        =   १५   लघु
१   लघु         =   १५  काष्ठा
१   काष्ठा       =  १५   क्षण
१   क्षण        =   ३   निमेष
१   निमेष     =   ३   लव
१   लव         =   ३   बेध
१   बेध         =   १०० त्रुटी
१   त्रुटी         =   ४   त्रसेणु
१   त्रसेणु      =   ३   अणु
१   अणु        =    २ प्रमाणु

1  day               =  8 pahars
1  pahar            =  3 muhurats
1  muhurat         =   2 nadis
1  nadi               =  15 laghus
1  laghu             =  15 kaashta
1  kaashta         =  5 kshans
1  kshan            =  3 nimeshs
1  nimesh           =  3 lavs
1 lav                  =  3 bedhs
1  bedh              =  100 trutis
1  truti                =  4 trasenus
1 trasenu            =  3  anus
1  anu                 =  2 pramanus

टों दक्षिणा दिगिन्द्रो-अधिपतिस, थ्तारिक्षच्राजी रक्षिता पितर इषवः  I
तेभ्यो नमोअधिपतिभ्यो नमो,
राक्षित्रिभ्यो नम इशुभ्यो नम, एभ्यो अस्तु I
योअसमान दवेष्ठी यं वयं द्विष्मस्तं वो जम्भे  द्ध्म: II

Source:   Rishi: Atharva.        From:  Atharvaveda  3.27.2          Chhand: Atyashti.

Tom dakshina digindro-adhipatis, thtarikshchraji rakshita pitar ishva.
tebhyo nmo-adhipatibhyo nmo,
rakshtribhyo nam ishubhyo nam, ebhyo astu.
yo-asmaan dveshthi yam vayam dvishmastam vo jambhe dadhma.

God is Absolute Master of the entire Creation. He saves us from the ominous and enriches us with all kinds of wealth. We pay our obeisances to Him again and again. God is Lord of Dharma. He is judicious. If anyone harms us, we depend upon His justice and remain contented.