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 July 29, 2018 

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What is Guru Purnima? 

Guru Purnima or Vyasa Puja – the day of honoring The Gurus

Written by Jeffrey Armstrong | Kavindra Rishi

In the culture of India, the 30 days from the middle of July to the middle of August are called the month of Shravana, and being just after the intensely hot tropical summer, signals the welcome beginning of the rainy season. The full Moon day that falls within that period is traditionally observed as Guru Purnima or the full Moon on which the gurus are honored and shown gratitude for the many precious gifts of Divine wisdom that they freely rain upon our lives.

The comparison is like the cooling and nurturing rains that bring life back to the land after a scorching summer, so all the gurus and our own guru in particular, generously rain their compassionate wisdom upon our lives, so often scorched by the struggle to exist. So once a year we spend the whole day, an enlightening full Moon day, remembering those gifts and showing our love and gratitude.

Not only is it an important date for honoring one's own guru, but also for honoring the Vedic books and teachings. It is a great day for starting new learning initiatives. One should perform pujas, rituals, prayers and mantras for the guru and teacher, and offer the guru gifts or service of some kind, not just for this date but for the upcoming year.

A Guru is one who imparts a teaching (jnana) of sacred knowledge, who's words guide the student through the maya of life --- every day of the year.

This year the full Moon of Guru Puja occurs on Friday July 27, 2018 at exactly 1:22 pm PST, when the Sun will be in 10 degrees and 38 minutes of the sidereal sign of Cancer, also conjunct the invisible planet Rahu, while the moon will be in the opposite sign of Capricorn, also 10 degrees and 38 minutes. In addition, the red planet Mars will be very close to the Moon at 9 degrees and 51 minutes of Capricorn, it’s favorite sign. Mars is very close to the Earth that night and is in backward motion or retrograde. In some places on our planet, though not in Vancouver, there will be an eclipse of the Moon.

So, join us at VASA in honoring the generosity and grace of the rain of wisdom that pours upon the garden of our sacred hearts, from the generosity of all those carriers of Divine wisdom. As you look at the night sky tonight, see the pearl of the full moon and the red corral of Mars decorating the blue-sky dress of our Divine Mother Nature. May She shower Her blessings upon us all and Jaya Guru Dev.


All our best wishes for a great summer,

Jeffrey Armstrong - Director

Sandi Graham - Co-director & Registrar

VASA - Vedic Academy of Sciences & Arts

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Sept 2, 2018 

Dessert & Yoga Philosophy with Jeffrey Armstrong 

is the 1st SUNDAY of the month ----- Sept 2, 2018

Attend in Vancouver --arrive 7 pm

On-line starts at 7:30 pm PST - register 24 hr in advance

Here's how you can register to be there in person or remotely!

LINK - see "attendance method"

Join me in Joshua Tree for Bhakti Fest’s 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Meet me in the stunning high desert setting of Joshua Tree, where we will sing, dance, practice, & play with our sacred community and have the experience of a lifetime!

Don’t miss the most incredible Bhakti Fest yet, as we gather an awesome assembly of teachers, spiritual leaders and Kirtan artists from around the globe, including special guest, Deepak Chopra, joining us on Saturday, September 15.

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VASA Reunion Retreat Feb 21- 26, 2019

Vedanta Wisdom Retreat with Jeffrey Armstrong

Featuring Gina Sala

 Jeffrey teaches from the Brahma-Saraswati-Madhva-Gaudia-Vaishnava-Sampradaya lineage or more simply put: Inconceivably, Simultaneously, One & Different: The Distinctivist Path of Vedanta. 

Nov 30, 2018 Jeffrey will be presenting the Pre-Festival full-day workshop on the "Science & Psychology of an Ayurvedic Astrological Consultation: Finding the balance between knowledge, language and counseling"  -- Friday is ONLY $75. but do register for the FULL conference - its wonderful opportunity to ask questions andl earn for some of the BEST Vedic Astrologers in N. America.

See you there, 

Jeffrey Armstrong | Kavindra Rishi