Thursday, July 17, 2008

"Guru Purnama" Celebrations at the Golden Domes in Fairfield-Yes We Are No Religion Pt.2

And hey you "Ladies": Remember, if you are pregnant or on your period, don't bother showing up. And for god's sake cover your head!

Guru Purnima Celebrations

It is a great joy to invite everyone to this year's Guru Purnima celebrations on Friday, July 18th, in the Maharishi Patanjali Golden Dome.

The historic feature of the afternoon celebration will be the live performance of 121 Maharishi Vedic Pandits performing Guru Puja and Maha Rudra Abhishek (1:00-4:30 pm).

The evening celebration (8:15-9:30 pm), led by Raja John Hagelin, Raja of Invincible America, will include Maharishi's address at the 2007 Guru Purnima, Maharaja Adhiraj Raja Raam's address at this year's Guru Purnima, and the presentation of achievements to Guru Dev.

Due to the special nature of the afternoon celebration, there are certain points that the Vedic Pandits have requested be made:

Afternoon Celebration

Program badges:
A current program badge will be required for entrance to the Dome. Young people without badges should enter with their parents.

Arrival time:
Everyone should be seated in the Dome by 12:45 pm. At this time the Vedic Pandits will enter the Dome and take their places on stage. Anyone who arrives after 12:45 pm will need to wait in the lobby until the doors open again at approximately 1:45 pm (when there is a brief break between portions of the performances).

Before the performances begin, it is best to sit in silence or meditate.

Everyone is invited to bring 2-3 whole washed organic fruits that will be offered by the Vedic Pandits (and which they will enjoy afterwards as gifts from our community).
Everyone is also invited to bring flowers as is our tradition--but this year only the blossoms should be brought, with the stems and leaves removed ahead of time.
The fruit and flowers will be collected upon entering the Dome to be given to the Vedic Pandits for the offerings.

In keeping with the special character of Guru Purnima in the Vedic calendar, everyone should wear their most dignified dress.

Ladies should wear saris or long dresses or long skirts (no pants or punjabis) and completely cover their heads and shoulders with the sari or shawls/scarves in the Dome--to be dressed properly for a Vedic performance.

Men should wear coat and tie or a dress kurta with nice pants.
No one should wear anything made of leather into the Dome (after removing shoes as usual in the shoe areas) such as belts, wallets, watchbands, or purses.

Length of celebration:
The celebration will last approximately 3 hours. Once the celebration has begun, we have been asked that people only enter and leave the Dome during the break around 1:45 pm or at the end.

We have been asked that young children not attend. Youths and young adults who can comfortably sit and enjoy this extended Yagya performance are very welcome.

Ladies' consideration:
As is the Vedic tradition, ladies who are pregnant or having their monthly cycle should not attend.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday, and celebrating this very special Guru Purnima together as one family.

Jai Guru Dev

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