Guru Purnima 2015

David Rush


The syllable gu means shadows (darkness)
The syllable ru, he who disperses them
Because of his power to disperse darkness
The guru is thus named.

-Advayataraka Upanishad, verse 16
 As quoted in Krishna's Song

Oh, I don't have all that much to say, except that it's Guru Purnima today, and FaceBook got in the way of posting my thanks and greetings to my many yoga teachers. This is my own way of giving them (FB) their due respect.

For my teachers, and all those others who are trying to walk in the Light, I would like to offer you this extended jam from the band I keep wishing I had thought of first, Phish. It's not quite a personal statement, but the poetry and the polyphony sure do give me the feels. This version is a bit of a long ride, but so is life, and I plan to use it for asana practice this evening.

The second video is for those of you with less patience for a slow evolution of improvisational music yoga. However, the studio version of the song still demonstrates (in some ways better since the vocal harmonies are tighter) the amazing unity that this band can pull off: each voice is distinct, yet inseparable from the group gestalt. Maybe I'm over-thinking it a bit.

Guru Bramha, Guru Vishnu, Guru devo Maheshwara, Guru sakshat, param Bramha, tasmai shri guruve namaha