As I prepared to observe Guru Purnima something clicked. Wow! Guru Purnima is observed by the entire Dharmic community -- Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and Sikhs and it also has a strong message of environmental harmony.
That this year's Guru Purnima comes the day before Independence Day strikes me as symbolism worth reflecting upon. Both India and America have always stood for something special in the world's eyes, and the two civilizations have enriched one another immeasurably with their gifts.