GURU PURNIMA – Can Truth Be Found Through Others?
Hello readers! A very happy Guru Purnima to all. Since you choose your guru according to the gratification they give you, you are not seeking the truth but a way out of confusion is mistakenly called the “TRUTH.”
Let’s jerk you around with some essentials and nubs of this carnival.
WHEN IS GURU POORNIMA CELEBRATED?
The full moon day in the month of Asadh is celebrated as guru Purnima by Hindus, Buddhist and Jains, to pay tribute to their gurus. This day marks the first peak of the lunar cycle after the peak of the solar cycle.
This day is also known as Vyasa Purnima and commerated as the birth anniversary of Veda Vyasa, the author and a character in the Hindu magnum opus Mahabharata.
This festival was first celebrated by the Buddhists, as their guru lord Buddha is said to have delivered his first sermon at Saarnath on this day.
A TEACHER IS NOT ESSENTIALLY A GURU
Guru is often equated with god and always regarded as a link between the individual and the immortal. Etymologically the word guru means one who removes avidya or darkness of delusion. A guru is different from a teacher – a teacher help us learn whereas a guru enables us to transform and realise who we essentially are. The place of guru is very high in the Indian Culture and Mythology.
SIGNIFICANCE AND PAST CONNECTION
It’s a good time to begin your spiritual lessons. Traditionally, spiritual seekers commence to intensify their spiritual ‘sadhana’ from this day.
On Guru Purnima, the energy of the moon is at its peak and so generation of nectar increases. Hence this day has a great significance to the farmers, for its heralds the setting in of the much needed rain, as the advent of cool showers ushers fresh life in the field and increased amount of nectar helps in the pollination of the magnificent and colourful efflorescences.
It is also believed that Lord Dattatrey considered some animals and birds as his guru. So, the intrinsic idea is to look for the positive power around you and take them as a blessing, imbibe it whole-heartedly from anyone who has them.
The period ‘chaturmas’ (four months) begins from this day. In the past, the wandering spiritual masters and their disciples used to settle down at a place to study and discourse on the Brahma Sutra composed by Vyasa and engage themselves in Vedantic discussions.
In the contemporary scenario this festival is celebrated or observed in various ways in fields of creative art forms. The creative art form of dance and music follow this tradition of Guru- Shishaya Parampara very dearly. The students regard towards their guru by giving public performances on this day.
A Thought For You
Like there is fatherhood and motherhood there is something called guruhood as well and you all have to play the roles of guru to someone or the other. Anyways, consciously or unconsciously you all are guru to someone or the other already because you do give advice, guidance, love and care to people isn’t it? So now do it consciously, giving your 100% without expecting anything in return. This is the Guruhood Principle. Salutation to the noble Guru, who has opened the eyes blinded by darkness of ignorance with the collyrium stick of knowledge.
“Guru Brahma Gurur Vishnu
Guru Devo Maheshwaraha
Guru Saakshat Para Brahma
Tasmai Sree Gurave Namaha”
A Very happy Guru Purnima to all.