July 24, 2021, 6:01 p.m. by Karuwaki Speaks ( 282 views)
Guru or teacher has always been considered akin to a God in the Hindu culture. This festival is traditionally observed by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains to revere their chosen spiritual teachers / leaders and express their gratitude. The festival was revived by Mahatma Gandhi to pay tribute to his spiritual guru Shrimad Rajchandra. It is also known as Vyasa Purnima marks the birthday of Ved Vyasa.
The word “Guru” in Sanskrit is translated as “dispeller of darkness.” Guru Purnima is also considered an especially beneficial day to practice yogic sadhana and meditation.
History of Guru Purnima
It is a festival that is celebrated in the memory of the great sage Maharshi Veda Vyasa. Senior Ayurvedic consultant Dr Vishakha Mahindroo says, “Veda Vyasa, structured the four Vedas, composed the epic of the Mahabharata, and the Srimad Bhagavat Gita. Guru Purnima represents the date on which Lord Shiva as the Adi Guru or original guru taught the seven rishis who were the seers of the Vedas.
Importance of Guru Purnima
Guru Purnima is celebrated to honour our teachers, who remove the darkness from our minds. An age-old Sanskrit phrase 'Mata Pitah Guru Daivam', says that the first place is reserved for the mother, second for the father, third for Guru and forth for God. Thus, teachers have been given a higher place than Gods in Hindu tradition.
On this day, devotees worship their spiritual gurus and visit temples to seek blessings. Most people observe fast on this day and do pujas at home in appreciation of their gurus. Guru Purnima has the importance of Vishnu puja attached to it. 'Vishnu Sahatranam' also known as the thousand names of Lord Vishnu should be recited on this day.
There is no difference between the divine, the Self and the Guru. They are all one. Guru can be our parent, the guide of our life and be the core of peace in our minds. This is why, we celebrate Guru Purnima and dedicate the respect of its being.