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Guru Purnima Retreat & Celebration 2018

Friday, July 27

8 AM – 6 PM

Guru Purnima Retreat

Saturday, July 28

8 AM – 6 PM

Guru Purnima Retreat

Sunday, July 29

8 AM – 1 PM

Guru Purnima Retreat

Sunday, July 29, 4 PM

Guru Purnima Grand Celebration

 

 

The Retreat

You are invited to join Amma for a very special meditation retreat in the Dallas area prior to the Guru Purnima Grand Celebration hosted by Amma’s Dallas 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.

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Q: Can I register for the 3 day retreat only option without staying at the hotel?

A: Yes you can but please note that the Guru Purnima Retreat is a 3 day weekend getaway from your daily routine and responsibilities where you will be immersed in Amma’s spiritual discourses, silent meditations, special pujas, chakra cleansing and Shaktipath. We are therefore recommending and encouraging all three day attendees to stay at the host hotel to achieve maximum benefit from this special weekend so that all disturbances are minimized. Each booking that is made through the weekend retreat stay at the luxurious Omni Park West Hotel will also help make a donation to Feeding America through their ‘Say Goodnight To Hunger‘ program. Special hotel rates have been negotiated with the hotel for retreat.

Q: What hotel room nights are included in the registration fee?

A: The 3 hotel room nights included are Thursday July 26, Friday July 27 and Saturday July 28. Check out will be 11am Sunday July 29.

Q: What if I need to stay Sunday July 29 or arrive earlier than the retreat start date?

A: Discounted hotel rates are available for additional hotel room nights by registering at www.ammakarunamayi.wufoo.com/forms/qabbmrt1fjd8bb

Q: We are a married couple that need to register for the retreat. How do we register?

A: Each person will need to register for retreat with a shared room. During the registration process, when asked the name of the room mate you will enter your spouses’ name. We ask that you try and register at the same time so that we can match up your registrations for the shared hotel room.

Q: Does the same procedure apply if two friends would like to share a room?

A: Yes. We also ask that you try and register at the same time that we can match up your registrations for the shared hotel room.

Q: What meals are included in the registration fees?

A: You will be provided breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday July 27 and Saturday July 28. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Sunday July 29 followed by a boxed dinner after the Guru Purnima Celebration on Sunday evening.

Q: What is the dress code for the retreat and the celebration.

A: Attendees are encouraged to dress in traditional white Hindu clothing during the retreat. Alternatively, modest white clothing is permitted. No shorts, short dresses, t-shirts or tank tops. During the celebration, you may continue wearing the retreat attire or alternatively, you may wear deeksha vastrams which are red or golden sarees for ladies and yellow dhoti and shalwa for men. These will be available for purchase at the Amma Store during the retreat.

Q: I am arriving at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. How do I get to the hotel?

A: We have arranged a discounted rate with a local shuttle company. Please use this link to book your ride www.booking.supershuttle.com/?GC=WQ6C9

Q: I would like to sponsor the Sri Pada Puja: How do I do that?

A: Sri Pada Puja sponsorship information as well as sponsorship information relating to Annadam, Maha Prasadam, Vastra Pradhanam and Flower Seva are all available on the Guru Purnima home page www.karunamayi.org/world-tour/purnima-retreat

 

RETREAT, HOTEL, & EXTRA HOTEL NIGHT Registration/Fees

Retreat & Hotel Registration/Fees

HOTEL UPDATE: We are at room capacity and are not be taking any more hotel reservations for the Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West.

The ‘Retreat Only’ option however is still available. If you chose the ‘Retreat Only’ option you will need to find alternative hotel accommodations.

Limited retreat spaces are remaining, register now!

Refunds will be issued for any cancellations received up through July 13 (minus a $75 cancellation fee). We regret that refunds are not possible after this date.

How to Register

Please register online or by downloading and faxing, emailing or mailing the registration form below.
PLEASE NOTE: Hotel reservations for this event will only be honored through SMVA Trust’s registration process. Hotel or travel websites will not accept reservations during event dates.

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.

Three Day Sessions

† Full 3 Day Retreat Only without Hotel Accommodations: $395

The retreat fee includes lunch, dinner and snacks, but not accommodations or breakfast.

Register for 3 Day Retreat Only without Hotel Accommodations

 

One-Day Sessions

* Friday, July 27 – $221 (Price before 10% discount)

* Saturday, July 28 – $251 (Price before 10% discount/Includes Shaktipath)

* Sunday, July 29 (Half-Day) – $131 (Price before 10% discount)

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

Register for Retreat Only – Friday July 27

Register for Retreat Only – Saturday July 28

Register for Retreat Only – Sunday July 29

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. Shaktipath will only be given on Saturday.

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

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Extra Hotel Nights

Do you plan to only come for the Celebration & need to stay only for Sunday Night?  To book extra room nights at the Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West for Sunday, July 29th after the Sri Pada Puja Celebration or any other night, a special discounted rate of $130 (including tax) per night is available.

REGISTER FOR EXTRA HOTEL NIGHT(S)

 

Tentative Retreat Schedule

Tentative Retreat Schedule

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.

GURU PURNIMA RETREAT SCHEDULE – PDF Form

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Hotel, Parking, & Transportation

Hotel, Parking & Transportation Information

HOTEL
The Guru Purnima Retreat and Celebration will be held at the elegant Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West which will put you close to the best attractions of dynamic Dallas, Texas. Located near the vibrant Las Colinas Business District, and only 10 minutes from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, this 12-story upscale hotel invites you to experience luxury in a modern yet comfortable and inviting setting.
The Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West is framed by a luminous lake and a lush green park, complete with walking paths – a perfect setting for an uplifting meditation weekend with Amma.
There are limited hotel spaces so please register early. Accommodation is available in luxury private or shared guest rooms. If you are looking for a roommate to share a  guest room, please check the Yahoo Group information at the bottom of this section, otherwise the organizers will assign a roommate for you.
PLEASE NOTE: Hotel reservations for this event will only be honored through SMVA Trust’s registration process. Hotel or travel websites will not accept reservations during event dates.

TRANSPORTATION

Driving Directions
FROM DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – 8 MILES
Take the I-635 East exit (north exit) out of the airport to Luna Road (approximately 7 miles). Turn right. The hotel is on the corner of I-635 and Luna Road.

DIRECTIONS FROM LOVE FIELD AIRPORT – 10 MILES
Exit Love Field Airport and turn right onto Mockingbird Lane. Follow Mockingbird Lane to I-35 North, continue on I-35 exiting left to I-635 West (LBJ Freeway). Exit Luna Road, turn left on Luna Road and the hotel is on the immediate right.

DIRECTIONS FROM AUSTIN – 208 MILES
Start out going east on East 5th Street toward Brazos Street. Turn left onto Red River Street. Turn right onto East 7th Street. Turn left onto I-35 North. Merge onto I-35E/US-81 North via the ramp on the left. Take the I-35E North exit toward Dallas. Merge onto I-35E. Merge onto I-635W via Exit 440C on the left toward DFW Airport. Take exit 28 toward Luna Road. Stay straight to go onto LBJ Freeway/I-635W. Turn left on Luna Road. The hotel is on the left.

DIRECTIONS FROM HOUSTON – 254 MILES
Get on I-45 (US-75) and head north toward Dallas. At Exit 284A, road name changes to US-75. At Exit 286A, take the ramp (right) onto SRr-366 (Woodall Rodgers Freeway) toward I-35E/Denton. At Exit 440C, take the ramp (left) onto I-635 (LBJ Freeway) toward Luna Road. Turn left (south) onto Luna Road. Turn right (southwest) onto LBJ Freeway. The hotel is at 1590 LBJ Freeway.

DIRECTIONS FROM LOUISIANA – 198 MILES
Take I-20 into Texas. At Exit 499A, take the ramp (right) onto SR-557 spur towards US-80 W/Dallas. The road name changes to US-80. Take the ramp (right) onto I-635W (LBJ Freeway) toward Luna Road. Turn left (south) onto Luna Road. Turn right (southwest) onto LBJ Freeway. The hotel is at 1590 LBJ Freeway.

PARKING

  • Valet parking overnight: $14 (with in/out privileges)
  • Valet parking during day: $10
  • Complimentary self-parking in hotel garage

Transportation

  • Complimentary shuttle transportation within 5 miles of hotel (does not include airport transportation)
  • Taxi and shuttle service are available for airport transportation

OPTIONS FROM DFW AIRPORT (Airport Code: DFW)

  • Taxi Service: Approximately $30 per way
  • Uber/Lyft: Approximately $16 per way
  • Shuttle Service: Approximately $13 person. This is a discounted rate is available for Guru Purnima attendees.

SuperShuttle Airport Transportation Link
SuperShuttle.com

  • DART Railway: Goes from the Las Colinas Station to DFW Airport. Guests can take the DART railway from the Las Colinas Urban Center Station located near the shores of Lake Carolyn to the DFW International Airport on the Orange line to Terminal A. The hotel will provide a complimentary shuttle to and from the Dart Station.

OPTIONS FROM LOVE FIELD AIRPORT (Airport Code: DAL)

  • Taxi Service: Approximately $30 per way
  • Uber/Lyft: Approximately $21 per way
  • Shuttle Service: Approximately $15 per person. This is a discounted rate available for Guru Purnima attendees.

SuperShuttle Airport Transportation Link
SuperShuttle.com
 

Sri Pada Puja Sponsorship

Guru Purnima 2018 Sri Pada Puja

Sri Pada Puja Sponsorship

The origins of Sri Pada Puja are deeply rooted in the history of Vedic tradition. The wondrous gift of entanglement is the sacred secret contained within the ceremony of Pada Pooja. When we melt into a deep mood of gratitude and devotion, we receive the beautiful return flow of divine compassion and the uplifting of our consciousness.

Pada puja is a specific form of gratitude. It is a ritual to express our thanks to a revered spiritual teacher. The word pada means foot or feet in Sanskrit. Pada puja means to give thanks at the feet of the one we are honoring. In Vedic tradition, the spiritual leader was called the guru. He was the counselor, healer, master teacher and mystic of the community. The Bhagavad Gita, the iconic sacred text of Vedic civilization, recounts the words of the incarnated God Krishna, who was both king and spiritual master: “I destroy the darkness of ignorance with the shining lamp of wisdom, through my compassion.”. The Sanskrit word Guru has two syllables: gu refers to darkness and ru to light. The master leads the disciple from darkness into light with compassion. This darkness of ignorance is the identification that one has with one’s self, one’s material attachments and material possessions. This identification surely leads to sorrow since this attachment is for things that are fleeting and not for something long lasting.
The master is the only person who can dispel that darkness. Only the master can light up that wisdom within you in order for you to realize that you are already one with existence and therefore need nothing from this material world.

Offering puja to the feet of the guru expresses our gratitude for his dedication and compassion, given to benefit us. In addition, the shakti — the accumulated power and energy — of the guru is stored in the master’s feet. We offer our thanks to the source of his wisdom and understanding.

The origins of Pada Puja are deeply rooted in the history of Vedic tradition and are mentioned by many venerable sacred texts. Adi Shankaracharaya, one of the greatest sages of Hinduism, says in his Guru Ashtakam (8 Verses in Praise of the Guru: “Surrendering to the feet of the Guru (Master) is the most beautiful and ultimate happening, without which everything else seems futile (“shareeram suroopam tathaa vaa kalatram yashashcharu chitram dhanam meru tulyam”).

Quantum physics has identified an astonishing phenomenon called entanglement. When two quanta experience an energetic encounter, they adjust their frequencies to match each other. Even if they are separated by the full breadth of the universe after their interaction, they maintain the connection forever. The object with higher frequency establishes the level of vibration for the other, for it is the nature of evolution to be continually moving toward higher states of existence. When one sits in pada puja at the feet of an enlightened being whose frequency matches that of the cosmos, their frequency will also rise in the process of entanglement. This is how the cosmic connection is made.

The wondrous gift of entanglement is the sacred secret contained within the ceremony of Pada Puja. When we melt into a deep mood of gratitude and devotion, we receive the beautiful return flow of divine compassion and the uplifting of our consciousness.

You can continue to enjoy the benefits of this entanglement by sponsoring the Sri Pada Puja. The prasadam will be highly energized during the puja and can continue to produce profound changes in your external daily lives throughout the year when installed at home on an altar.

The science of gratitude is based on the principle that we already have much in our lives in our lives to be thankful for. Many wishes are miraculously granted in the aftermath of Pada Puja. Sponsor now and feel Amma’s miracle.

If you have faith in the Guru’s feet
If you have deep feeling for the Guru’s feet,
If you imbibe the state of the Guru,
Then you don’t have to look for God
God will come looking for you
Sant Tukaram (17th century poet-saint)

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Guru Purnima Annadanam & Maha Prasadam Sponsorship

Annadanam Maha Prasadam Sponsorship

Guru Purnima Annadanam and Maha Prasadam Sponsorship

Traditionally meaning “an offering of food”, it is said in the scriptures that to feed another human being is far more meritorious an act than giving them mountains of gold and silver. The Manava Dharma Shastra (ancient code for domestic, social and religious life in Sanatam Dharma) states ‘atithih devo bhava’ (‘regard the guest as a deity’). Based on this principle it is believed by some that spirits or deities may move upon the earth in human guise, and that such beings possess special powers or abilities that may help those who are open-hearted and generous towards unusual strangers.
Annadanams are conducted with this very principle in mind, for among the hungry crowd there may also be the anonymous genuine devotee, saint or even a deva or deity. Indeed, each and every poor person is regarded in this way, as expressed in the Sanskrit saying ‘daridra Nārāyana’ (‘God dwells in the poor person’).

During the Guru Purnima Retreat and Celebration, meals will be served daily to those in attendance, and this your chance to help. Divine Mother is immensely pleased with this service to Her children. Several options exist for supporting the program in this heartfelt way. All of the amounts given are to serve three meals to those in attendance at the Guru Purnima retreat as well as the Maha Prasadam that will be served after the auspicious Sri Pada Puja Celebration on Sunday, July 29.

Thank you for your generous support.

REGISTER HERE FOR SPONSORSHIPS

 

Guru Purnima Flower Seva Sponsorship

Guru Purnima Sri Pada Puja Pushpanjali

Guru Purnima Sri Pada Puja Pushpanjali (Flower Seva) Sponsorship

“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 2018 Guru Purnima Sri Pada Puja on July 29, beautiful flower malas will be lovingly offered to adorn our beloved Amma Sri Karunamayi. Submission of flowers to the Divine Mother is considered submission of oneself to Her.
When we offer flowers to the Divine Mother, 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 show 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 in the malas to adorn our beloved Mother.
Thank you for your generous support.

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Guru Purnima Vastra Pradhanam for Amma

Vastra Pradhanam - Guru Purnima 2018

Guru Purnima Vastra Pradhanam for Amma

The offering of vastra (saree and blouse material) to Amma concludes the ritualistic worship of Amma during the Sri Pada Puja. Offering vastra to Divine Mother is akin to praying to Her attributeless form to work for one’s spiritual progress and welfare through the medium of ‘with attribute’ form.

A nine yard saree is offered to Amma which represents the functioning of Divine Mother through Her nine forms, as per the requirement of the devotee. The number ‘nine’ represents the nine main forms or incarnations of Shri Durga. The nine yards (levels) of the saree represent Her nine incarnations carrying out her divine mission. Offering a nine yard saree invokes the unmanifested Divine Energy which encompasses all the manifest forms of Divine Mother, that is Shri Durga, to manifest in all Her nine forms to perform the required mission.

 

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Guru Purnima Souvenir Booklet Sponsorship

Guru Purnima Souvenir Booklet Sponsorship

We extend to you the opportunity to purchase ad space in the Special Guru Purnima Souvenir booklet. You can sponsor full, half, quarter page and business card size ads whether to offer pranams or to thank Amma for being your spiritual teacher and what She has done in your life or to advertise your business.

The contribution you provide will greatly bless our efforts. We ask that you please respond by the designated deadline. Should you have any questions or need additional information regarding the souvenir booklet please contact Satia Madimchetty at (469) 877-3676 or satia@sbcglobal.net or gurupurnima@karunamayi.org.

Ads can be placed by individuals, families, businesses, satsang groups etc.

 

Thank you for your Support!

 

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Guru Purnima Blessing Donation Bag

Guru Purnima 2018 Blessings Donation Bag

Guru Purnima Blessing Donation Bag

Thanks And Giving
Paying Blessings Forward

We are requesting all retreat attendees to bring with them a blessings bag which we will collect at Guru Purnima registration and donate to various homeless shelters in the Dallas area.

 

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The Celebration

The 2018 Guru Purnima Sri Pada Puja and Celebration

will be held at the

Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West

1590 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75234

at 4 pm on Sunday, July 29

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.

Do you plan to only come for the Celebration & need to stay only for Sunday Night?  To book extra room nights at the Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West for Sunday, July 29th after the Sri Pada Puja Celebration or any other night, a special discounted rate of $139 (plus tax) per night is available. Please email Suresh Pandav at gurupurnima@karunamayi.org and include (Extra Hotel Night) in the subject line of your email.

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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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