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Guru Purnima Retreat & Celebration 2017

Amma’s Guru Purnima Message

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The Location

Sunnyvale Hindu Temple
450 Persian Dr.
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

gurupurnima2017@gmail.com

sfbayarea@karunamayi.org

(408) 682-0717

Friday, July 7

8 AM – 6 PM

Guru Purnima Retreat

Saturday, July 8

8 AM – 6 PM

Guru Purnima Retreat

Sunday, July 9

8 AM – 1 PM

Guru Purnima Retreat

Sunday, July 9, 4 PM

Guru Purnima Grand Celebration

 

 

The Retreat

You are invited to join Amma for a very special meditation retreat in the San Francisco area prior to the Guru Purnima Grand Celebration hosted by Amma’s San Francisco Bay area devotees. Take advantage of this special chance to set aside day-to-day concerns and dive deep into the blissful ocean of the Self within – all in Amma’s divine presence.

Amma understands the many distractions and difficulties we sometimes face when we try to meditate. Accordingly, she has designed this retreat in a special way. As Amma teaches, it is only when we look within through meditation that we find the presence of Divine Mother deep within our hearts.

Special Highlights will Include:

Chakra Cleansing Techniques

During the retreat Amma will teach Chakra Cleansing practices previously only available to those who could travel to her ashram in India. As many of us are unable to travel to India, Amma is now bringing these powerful Chakra Cleansing practices to the United States. Kindly note that Chakra Cleansing initiations are only given once during the Guru Purnima Retreat. Makeup sessions will be not offered due to time limitations.

Shaktipath: Divine Radiance Transmission

Amma will once again be giving Shaktipath transmission during this retreat. Amma will place her hand on each participant’s head during meditation and transmit her divine radiance. Shaktipath is an extremely powerful spiritual gift to receive from Amma. It will greatly help one’s spiritual progress and can awaken the Kundalini Shakti, which is the presence of the Divine Mother in the form of profound inner spiritual energy found in the body. Makeup sessions will be not offered due to time limitations.

Special Pujas

This year, sacred pujas (worship ceremonies) will be conducted in the divine presence of Amma during the Guru Purnima Retreat and Celebration. The tentative schedule will be announced soon.

Retreat Registration for Full Three and One Day Sessions are now open!

Limited space available – Register Now!

Please note: Hotel accommodations are not included with the retreat packages as they were in previous years. Should you require hotel accommodations please click on the tab below for more information.

How to Register

Please register online or by downloading and faxing, emailing or mailing the registration form below.

We will acknowledge all completed registration forms as we receive them and send a confirmation letter with more information, including guidelines on what to wear and bring to the retreat.

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Register online with promo code SFGP2017 for a limited time and enjoy a 10% discount on your retreat. Promo code expires June 29 (midnight).

Limited rooms and retreat spaces available, register now!

Three Day Sessions

The retreat only registration is now open with a limited time offer of 10% discount using the promo code SFGP2017.

One-Day Sessions

 

The fee includes lunch, dinner and snacks, but not accommodation.

 

Registration form to Mail or Fax:

Guru Purnima Retreat PDF Form

 

Please note:

1. Children under 17 years old need special permission to attend the retreat.

2. Amma does not grant personal interviews during meditation retreats.

3. Space is limited at the retreat, so please register early.

4. Chakra Initiations will only be given on Friday. Shaktipat will only be given on Saturday.

5. No makeup sessions will be given for missed chakra initiations or missed shaktipat.

 

Please Note:

Chakra Initiations will only be given on Friday. Shaktipath will be given on Saturday

No makeup sessions will be given for missed chakra initiations or missed shaktipath.

THE 2017 RETREAT SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED SOON

 

Early Bird Registration Fees

Expires June 29 — Rates increase after June 30

Guru-Purnima-2017-Promo-Badge

Register online with promo code SFGP2017 for a limited time and enjoy a 10% discount on your retreat. Promo code expires June 29 (midnight) register now!

Three-Day Sessions

Full Three-Day Retreat Only: $299 *

* The retreat fee includes lunch, dinner and snacks, but not accommodation.

Single-Day Sessions ***

1) Friday, July 7 – $155*

2) Saturday, July 8 – $155*

3) Sunday, July 9 (Half-Day) – $85*

* The retreat fee includes lunch, dinner and snacks, but not accommodation.

 

If you’re looking for ride-share groups please check the Yahoo Group information at the bottom of this section.

Public Transportation to Guru Purnima Retreat and Celebration

FLIGHT INFORMATION

San Jose International Airport
1701 Airport Blvd, San Jose, CA 95110
Code: SJC

($10 -$15 one way ‘Lyft’)

San Francisco International Airport
San Francisco, CA 94128
Code: SFO

($30 approx. one way ‘Lyft)

For more transportation information please contact us at: gurupurnima2017@gmail.com, sfbayarea@karunamayi.org, or call (408) 682-0717

A Hotel shuttle service will be provided to and from Sunnyvale Hindu Temple. Please refer to the Hotel Information tab for more details.


 


 

Jai Karunamayi Yahoo Groups

By clicking on the link http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Jai_Karunamayi/ you can access the blog to post questions, suggestions, ask for information, rides, roommates, etc. To become a member click on the “JOIN THIS GROUP” button on the home page. NOTE: The group is moderated to protect against spam and also to ensure that all posts are in harmony with Amma’s teachings on honesty, respect, and kind speech.  Use at your own risk.


If you’re looking for roommates to share a room with please check the Yahoo Group information at the bottom of this section.

Please call the hotels directly to book your accommodations.If you’re looking for roommates to share a room with please check the Yahoo Group information at the bottom of this section.

The following hotels have negotiated rates for Guru Purnima.

A Hotel shuttle service will be provided to and from Sunnyvale Hindu Temple. More information will be posted soon!

1) Quality Inn Santa Clara Convention Center
1280 Persian Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Ph: 408-744-1100
Distance from Temple: About 1 mile

Group code: SMVA
7/6 rate – $119 + tax (King Bed), $139 + tax (2 Queen Beds)
7/7 rate – $89 + tax, $109 + tax
7/8 rate – $89 + tax, $109 + tax
7/9 rate – $89 + tax, $109 + tax

Registration deadline: June 1, 2017

2) Motel 6
775 N Mathilda Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Ph: 408-736- 4595
Distance from Temple: About 1.5 mile

Group Code: SMVA
Rate per night – $120 + tax (King Bed), $140 + tax (2 Queen Beds)
(Tax is not included with the Rates & is subject to change without notice)


 

Other near by hotels, not giving discounted rate:

1. Extended Stay America Hotel
1255 Orleans Drive, Sunnyvale, CA-94089
Ph: 408-734-3431
Distance from Temple: Less than 1/2 mile

2. Sheraton Sunnyvale Hotel
1100 N Mathilda Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Ph: 408-745-6000
Distance from Temple: Less than 1 mile

3. America Best Value Inn
385 E Weddell Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Ph:408-734-9700
Distance from Temple: About 1/2 mile

4. Comfort Inn
940 W Weddell Dr, Sunnyvale CA
Ph: 4087343742
Distance from Temple: About 1 mile

5. Days Inn & Suites
504 Ross Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Ph: 408-734-9900
Distance from Temple: About 1 mile

 

Jai Karunamayi Yahoo Groups

By clicking on the link http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Jai_Karunamayi/ you can access the blog to post questions, suggestions, ask for information, rides, roommates, etc. To become a member click on the “JOIN THIS GROUP” button on the home page. NOTE: The group is moderated to protect against spam and also to ensure that all posts are in harmony with Amma’s teachings on honesty, respect, and kind speech.  Use at your own risk.

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Om Anna Pūrne Sadāpūrne Sankara Prāna Vallabhe

Jñāna Vairāgya Siddhartham Bikshām Dehī ca Pārvatī

Annadanam Samam Danam Trilokeshu Na Vidhathe

These are the verses from the Vedas, which mean that annadanam is supreme and incomparable to any charity.

Because food is a basic requirement for all, the one who sponsors the Maha Prasadam for devotees attains heaven (Punya Loka) in this Universe (Brahmanda), according to the Vedas. In this whole universe, the creation and its progression depend on food. Hence giving food to the devotees is more than attaining heaven. Please take this opportunity and support the Guru Purnima Maha Prasadam program by clicking on the link below.

Guru Purnima Annadanam and Maha Prasadam Sponsorship

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What are flowers? Are they not messengers of love, prayers of the vegetable world, the aspiration of nature and the smile of the divine?

From the book – “Flowers – Their Spiritual Significance


During the auspicious 2017 Guru Purnima Weekend Retreat and Celebration (July 7-9) flowers will be offered during ritualistic pujas and to lovingly adorn our beloved Amma Sri Karunamayi with beautiful malas (garlands). Submission of flowers to the divine is considered submission of one self.

When we offer flowers to the divine, we are transmitting our devotional ‘bhava‘ or emotion and are literally requesting the divine to grant us health, wealth and happiness (both material and spiritual benefits.) It is the bhava of surrender and faith (sharanagati and shradda).

Please your love, devotion and gratitude to Amma during this special weekend and honor and celebrate your one true teacher by sponsoring the flowers that will be used during the pujas and offered to various deities and also to adorn our beloved Mother with beautiful malas.

Thank you for your support.

 

Flower Seva Sponsorship

 

The Celebration

The 2017 Guru Purnima Sri Pada Puja and Celebration

will be held at the

Sunnyvale Hindu Temple

450 Persian Dr. Sunnyvale, CA 94089

at 4 pm on Sunday, July 9

The celebration program will feature Amma’s divine discourse,  inspirational talks and bhajans. We will also have an opportunity to celebrate all Gurus and spiritual teachers, including Amma Sri Karunamayi, through the ever sacred Sri Pada Puja to Amma’s lotus feet.

Sri Pada Puja prasad is an enduring spiritual treasure. Anyone can sponsor the Sri Pada Puja and receive the prasad, whether you are present at the Guru Purnima Celebrations or are not able to join us for the event itself.

SPECIAL GURU PURNIMA SPONSORSHIP opportunities are available for the auspicious Sri Pada Puja on Sunday, July 9th. If you wish to sponsor this year's Guru Purnima Sri Pada Puja, please use the online form or the downloadable PDF form. Information about the energized prasadam will be posted shortly.

SPONSOR NOW! YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS WILL HELP FIGHT POVERTY AND PROVIDE FOOD, HOMES, EDUCATION. HEALTH CARE AND EMERGENCY RELIEF.

The Significance of Guru Purnima

Guru Purnima is the most important time of the year for receiving the blessings of holy people.  Blessings received during this time are equal to the blessings received during the entire rest of the year. According to India’s venerable rishis, cosmic energy flows through the human body, entering through the crown chakra and leaving through the feet.  This is the reason why so much importance is given to the holy lotus feet of God, one’s teacher, or any holy person.  The spiritual teacher becomes a channel for tremendous cosmic energy, which is available to all through their lotus feet.  Thus, honoring one’s teacher at this time of year is most auspicious.  Cosmic energy flows from the spiritual teacher’s feet in abundance. Amma has touched the lives of countless people in her incarnation, leaving devotees overflowing with bliss and tremendous gratitude. You are cordially invited to join us in our celebration of appreciation to our beloved Amma.

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