Guru - which literally means, the dispeller of darkness - is traditionally celebrated once a year at Gurupurnima, around the full moon in June/July. In hinduism, this celebration most often revolves around the feet of the Guru as representing where this being took human form and brought blessings to the Earth.
Of all the celebrations throughout the year, this one is particularly joyful and full of gratitude and bhakti (devotion). Throughout the day on Saturday, everyone is invited to help with the extensive preparation and decoration which goes on, as well as making the delicious prasad, or sweets. We will listen to a couple of recordings of Ma Jaya teaching. And, although Ma Jaya is not present in her body, we will continue the ritual of honoring the Guru's feet with an ancient ceremony performed with a stone carving of her feet. The wekend will end with a Kali Natha Yoga and Kirtan session in the Dattatreya Temple.
You may participate in all or any part of this weekend. Please see www.kashi.org for further details and pricing.