Lord Dakshinamurthy | The First Guru


Lord Dakshinamurthy is not only worshiped as the First Guru in Indian spiritual traditions but also as the One, who teaches everyone through the medium of an innumerable number of human Gurus. Lord Dakshinamurthy is all-pervading and manifests in different forms as Ishwara (God), Guru (teacher), and as Atman (the Self).

Lord Dakshinamurthy is popularly depicted as a deity, who faces the south. The Yogis call him “Adi Yogi” and the Naths call him “Adi Nath”. The Sampradayas belonging to Veda, Tantra, and Agama, all trace their origin to Lord Dakshinamurthy.

Iconographically, he is depicted in various forms like Yoga Dakshinamurthy– the teacher of Yoga and Tantra, Veena Dakshinamurthy– the teacher of all arts, and Vyakhyanamurthi– the teacher, who is the source of all scriptures, and imparts all knowledge.

Hindu tradition believes that Brahman manifests as a human teacher to impart knowledge. The tradition speaks about how Lord Brahmaa imparted Manu Smriti to Rishi Manu, how Lord Vishnu manifested as Veda Vyasa to divide and arrange the Vedas, and how Para-Brahman itself manifests as a young boy “Dakshinamurthy”.

The young teacher is shown seated beneath the Banyan tree with various Rishis at his feet. His left leg is always crossed and his right foot is on an apasmara, a demon who represents the state of ignorance and Shiva’s ability to control him. He has four arms; one of which holds a mala for counting mantra repetitions, another holds a flame signifying the light of knowledge, another holds a book. and the fourth is in Abhaya Mudra, a symbol of reassurance and blessing. Lord Dakshinamurthy is shown imparting spiritual wisdom to the disciples through silence and dispelling all doubts that are confronting them.

Apart from Lord Dakshinamurthy manifesting as a young teacher teaching the Rishis, the traditional scriptures also show how he also takes human birth from time to time to spread divine knowledge. The Advaita tradition considers that it was Dakshinamurthy, who took avatara as Adi Shankaracharya in order to revive and re-establish Dharma. Similarly, the Nath tradition traces its origins to Lord Shiva, who is called as Adi Natha, from whom Matsyendranatha received Yogic teachings.

Lord Dakshinamurthy, who in his compassion also manifests as various human Gurus and guides is perceived as being the source of all knowledge, who teaches through the medium of various human teachers and facilitates each individual to travel in the path towards Brahma-Jnana. It is for this reason, it is said that a person needs the grace (Anugraha) of Ishwara, to even meet a genuine Sadguru. Therefore,  in the Hindu tradition, Lord Dakshinamurthy is not only worshiped as the first Guru but also as the One, who teaches everyone through the medium innumerable number of human Gurus.

Guru Purnima Retreat & Celebration

Guru Purnima Online Retreat

July 18 – 22, 2021 (IST) | Online Retreat (Paid Event)

Guru Purnima Sri Chandi Homa & Sri Guru Pada Puja

July 23, 2021 (IST) | (Free Live Stream Events) on Amma’s Facebook Pages
10:30 AM (IST) *Sri Chandi Homa | 7:30 PM (IST) *Sri Guru Pada Puja
* Subject to change

Join the LIVE Online Retreat with Amma Sri Karunamayi

As the world continues to struggle due to the coronavirus pandemic and the various social restrictions in place, Amma is deeply saddened that she is unable to see her devotees in person. For a deeper spiritual immersion and in order to help devotees feel more connected to Amma during this Guru Purnima time, a special 5-Day online retreat has been created.

These special five day retreat sessions with Amma are a perfect vacation for your mind body and soul during these challenging times. These sessions will include Meditation, Yoga & Devi Pranayama, Vedic Cooking, Vastu, and Ayurveda. Special highlights will include Shaktipath & Chakra Initiation. The Guru Purnima meditation will provide ideal conditions for quieting the mental chatter, diving into the depths of inner silence, and experiencing profound rest and rejuvenation.

Guru Purnima Retreat

Guru Purnima Online Retreat Overview & Benefits

The Guru Purnima Retreat has been designed and structured by Amma with carefully guided & crafted sessions as an experience in:

  • Relaxing Yoga
  • Practical wisdom from ancient Rishis
  • Guided Meditations
  • Energizing breathing techniques
  • Balancing the three principle energies of the body
  • Creating a Healing Sanctuary

Chakra Cleansing Techniques

During the retreat Amma will teach Chakra Cleansing practices previously only available to those who could travel to her ashram in India. As many of us are unable to travel to India, Amma is now bringing these powerful Chakra Cleansing practices online. Kindly note that Chakra Cleansing initiations are only given once during the Guru Purnima Retreat. Makeup sessions will be not offered due to time limitations.

Shaktipath: Divine Radiance Transmission

Amma will be giving Shaktipath transmission online during this retreat. Amma will connect virtually with each participant during meditation and transmit her divine radiance. Shaktipath is an extremely powerful spiritual gift to receive from Amma. It will greatly help one’s spiritual progress and can awaken the Kundalini Shakti, which is the presence of the Divine Mother in the form of profound inner spiritual energy found in the body. Makeup sessions will be not offered due to time limitations.

Guru Purnima Pancha Ratri Mahotsavam

• 5 Nights of Special Guru Purnima Pujas, Homams & Archanas (worship ceremonies) dedicated to Sri Arunachaleshwara Swami in the Divine presence of Amma – July 18-22.

• Special Pujas on Guru Purnima Day – July 23


While every effort will be made to broadcast these live sessions with Amma, due to Amma’s ashram being located in a remote forested hill area of Andhra Pradesh, India, you may experience technical and/or connectivity issues before and during the sessions. Sessions are currently scheduled on Zoom Meetings but may be subject to change. Thank you for your understanding.

Each day there will be a morning (IST) session and an evening (IST) session. Morning session will last about 4 hours. Evening sessions will last approximately 6 hours.

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Retreat attendees will not be able to interact or ask questions to Amma.

If you have any questions please contact us at gurupurnima@karunamayi.org

Guru Purnima Online Retreat Schedule

July 18 (IST)


July 18 – 8:00AM (IST)
July 17 – 7:30PM PT / 9:30PM CT / 10:30PM ET



July 18 – 5:00PM (IST)
July 18 – 4:30AM PT / 6:30AM CT / 7:30AM ET

July 19 (IST)


July 19 – 8:00AM (IST)
July 18 – 7:30PM PT / 9:30PM CT / 10:30PM ET



July 19 – 5:00PM (IST)
July 19 – 4:30AM PT / 6:30AM CT / 7:30AM ET

July 20 (IST)


July 20 – 8:00AM (IST)
July 19 – 7:30PM PT / 9:30PM CT / 10:30PM ET



July 20 – 5:00PM (IST)
July 20 – 4:30AM PT / 6:30AM CT / 7:30AM ET

July 21 (IST)


July 21 – 8:00AM (IST)
July 20 – 7:30PM PT / 9:30PM CT / 10:30PM ET



July 21 – 5:00PM (IST)
July 21 – 4:30AM PT / 6:30AM CT / 7:30AM ET

July 22 (IST)


July 22 – 8:00AM (IST)
July 21 – 7:30PM PT / 9:30PM CT / 10:30PM ET



July 22 – 5:00PM (IST)
July 22 – 4:30AM PT / 6:30AM CT / 7:30AM ET

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Discounted tickets are available for multi-day attendance.

All proceeds from the retreat fees go towards Annadanam for families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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