Friday, July 18, 2008


Today is GURU PURNIMA. It is a very sacred day in Hindu Mythology. It is a full moon night and from Today onwards the moon starts reducing in size, leading to Amawasya (the dark night). People who believe or worship Guru’s (in human form), pray to them as their God’s today offering them clothes, food, fruits, etc. 

To explain in detail, 

The full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August) is observed as the auspicious day of Guru Purnima, a day sacred to the memory of the great sage Vyasa. All Hindus are indebted to this ancient saint who edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata. Vyasa even taught Dattatreya, who is regarded as the Guru of Gurus. On this day, all spiritual aspirants and devotees worship Vyasa in honor of his divine personage and all disciples perform a 'Puja' of their respective spiritual preceptor or 'Gurudevs' 

 have seen our elders fast on this day from her childhood. They worship and perform ‘Lord Satya Narayan’ Katha, today and break their fast after offering prayers to the Moon at night. 

The Need for A Guru: 

The Sanskrit root "Gu" means 
darkness or ignorance. "Ru" denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore one who removes darkness of our ignorance is a Guru. Only he who removes our ultimate darkness, known as Maya, and who inspires and guides us on to the path of God-realization is the true Guru. Students also refer to their schoolteacher or college lecturer as guru. The connotation of the word guru in this case is one who imparts temporal knowledge (Apara Vidya) and is thus accordingly offered respect. 
An example of Guru Purnima and the role of Guru can be understood by the following, 

In India, Santh SaiBaba is believed and worshipped as an incarnation of Sai Baba. His glance means end of all the sins of man and his touch signifies the touch of the Lord. In KALIYUG, when evil rules the world, the need of a Guru like Santh Sai Baba is like heaven in hell. 

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