Auspicious Moon

Haibun Monday at dVerse

Hello fearsome and fearless poets!  It is Toni Spencer (kanzen sakura or hayesspencer) here with you today after a personal hiatus.  It is good to be back and prompting you for this Haibun Monday again!

So the prompt is to write about a memorable full moon or super moon.  Why was the moon memorable?  Other than being huge, that is.


Guru Purnima.* July 2nd 1985. An auspicious day. I waited by the roadside until the car arrived. She stepped from it onto the path and I inhaled a breath of deep knowing. This is it. We smiled at one another and then she walked with her father, past me towards the church. I followed and while she waited to enter, I took my place by the altar. Good friends and close family were witness to the moment I said ‘I do.’ To the moment when the heavens opened up and uttered a prayer of deep peace for these two young lovers and their unborn child, at the outset of a journey they could never imagine.

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Our summer of love

many moons have passed since then

each fuller than the last

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*The Full Moon Day in the month of Ashadha (July-August) is known as Guru Purnima. This sacred day marks the very first transmission of the yogic sciences from Shiva – the Adiyogi or First Yogi – to the Saptarishis, the seven celebrated sages. This momentous occasion took place on the banks of the lake Kantisarovar, which stands a few kilometers above the Kedarnath Temple in the Himalayas. Thus, the Adiyogi became the Adi Guru or the First Guru on this day. The Saptarishis carried this knowing offered by Adiyogi throughout the world. Even today, every spiritual process on the planet draws from the spine of knowing created by Adiyogi.
“€œGuru Purnima marks one of the greatest moments in the life of humanity. This is a day that is reminiscent of Adiyogi opening up and offering the possibility that a human being can evolve beyond all limitations set by his physical nature, if willing to strive. This first full moon day after the solstice is a time when this planet and all life upon it are most receptive to the cosmic energy and possibilities. The next six months till the winter solstice is the best time to strive for evolving and experiencing the divine possibility that is innate in a human being.”€ – Sadhguru

38 thoughts on “Auspicious Moon

  1. Bodhirose says:

    I’m not sure why but I particularly love to read stories told by men of their love for their women…it warms my heart, so sweet. I live close to an ashram here (where my oldest daughter and her family live) and they celebrate Guru Purnima yearly. Their teacher passed away a few years ago and when she lived, she was the focus of the day’s ceremony. I was happy to read your history of the occasion.

  2. whippetwisdom says:

    A beautiful haibun Paul and I love your ‘I inhaled a breath of deep knowing’ – that sense of inner wisdom that tells you that all the wonder, love and learning to follow is there for both of you to continue to grow together.

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