Guru Poornima

I remember kabir’s doha which I had learnt in my childhood,

Guru Govind Dono Khade kake lagun paya
Balihari Guru aapne, Govind diyon batay

My guru and God are in front of me
To whom do I bow down and touch feet?

I give my life to my guru
It’s he who showed me GOD.

GU- darkness

RU-light

The one who guides us from darkness to light is GURU. A Guru understands you much better than anyone else in the world.  Guru knows your positives and negatives. Guru helps you in inculcating positive qualities and supressing the negative ones. A Guru can be your parents, teacher, a spiritual leader, or any person who constantly helps you in all your activities and giving you strength and courage to identify GOD.

The full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August) is observed as the auspicious day of Guru Purnima(July 15, 2011) , 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.

Significance of Guru Purnima
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’.

This day is of deep significance to the farmers, for it heralds the setting in of the much-needed rains, as the advent of cool showers usher in fresh life in the fields. It is a good time to begin your spiritual lessons. Traditionally, spiritual seekers commence to intensify their spiritual ‘sadhana’ from this day.

The period ‘Chaturmas’ (“four months”) begins from this day. In the past, wandering spiritual masters and their disciples used to settle down at a place to study and discourse on the Brahma Sutras composed by Vyasa, and engage themselves in Vedantic discussions.

Let’s pray to our Gurus on this day seeking blessings from them!

Gururbrahma Gururvishnur Gururdevo Mahesvarah,
Guruh Sakshat Parambrahma Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

source : http://hinduism.about.com/od/festivalsholidays/a/gurupurnima.htm

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