The Annual 40-Day Spiritual Festival, June 1 - July 12 2014

Dear Sadhakas,

The 40-day Spiritual Festival is a time period when students in the Himalayan Tradition are invited to undertake special spiritual practices to refine their meditations and lifestyles in preparation for Guru Purnima. The tradition of the 40-day Spiritual Festival was started many years ago by Swami Veda Bharati, who was then Pandit Usharbudh Ayra, at The Meditation Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The 40-day Spiritual Festival will start 1st June 2014 and go until 12th July 2014, which is Guru Purnima.

Swami Rama has said, "This day, the day of Guru Purnima is considered to be the holiest day for the students of life; for those that have been treading the path of light; for those aspiring to attain enlightenment in this lifetime. They remember this day and celebrate it by becoming aware the purpose of life is to attain enlightenment; the state of mind, the internal state that makes one free from all pains and miseries. So as you celebrate other days like Father's Day, Mother's Day, this is a little bit different, it is very auspicious. The student mentally, religiously follows the spiritual teaching imparted by the Tradition. For the Tradition is considered to be highest. It is a Tradition that follows truth that leads one to the highest peak of wisdom."

The articles following this letter have been prepared by Michael Smith and include guidelines given by Swami Veda in previous years. Thank you, Michael!

For the 40-Day Spiritual Festival, The Meditation Center community in Minneapolis will be using Saumya¯ Mantra. If you would like to do this too during the 40 days, please see the Saumya¯ Mantra section below.

We invite you to read or re-read and contemplate:

May these 40 days be a true celebration.

In service,

Carolyn Hume

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