Guru Purnima is also known as Vyasa Purnima and is one of the most auspicious days for Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists. Dedicated to gurus (religious and secular) and devotees to thank them for enlightenment, this day is celebrated by devotees with beautiful rituals.

This year, this occasion is being celebrated on 16 July, Tuesday. The term, ‘guru’ has a deep meaning behind it. ‘Gu’ stands for darkness and ‘Ru’ means removing darkness. That’s why the role of a guru holds a lot of significance in someone’s life. Gurus are considered to be someone who removes all the darkness from one’s life. The day also has a historical significance and is known for the day Lord Shiva became the first guru. For Buddhists, this day marks importance as Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to the seven sages. In Nepal, this day is also known as teacher’s day, where the devotees honor their gurus.

The full moon of the month of Ashadh is called Guru Purnima. This day is the law of Guru Pooja. Guru Purnima falls at the beginning of the rainy season. For four months from this day, the Parivraksha sadhu-saints are staying in one place and they are blessed with the Ganga of knowledge. These four months are better than seasonal. No more heat and no more colds. Hence studies have been considered suitable. As the sun-hot land gets the strength to produce cold and crop from the sun, the seekers present in the Guru-phalanx get the power to acquire knowledge, peace, devotion and yoga power. 

This day is also the birthday of Lord Krishna Dwyapayan Vyas, the creator of Mahabharata. He was a learned scholar of Sanskrit. In his honor, Guru Purnima is also known as Vyas Purnima. Sant Ghisadas of Bhaktikal was born on this day, he was a disciple of Kabirdas.

In the scriptures, the meaning of Gu has been defined – the meaning of darkness or original ignorance and Ru means – its prohibition. The guru is said to be the master so that he ignores the ignorance of Timir with knowledge and wisdom.  That means the person who takes away the darkness and turns towards the light is called ‘guru’.

  • “Ignorance Timirandhcha Gyananjan Shalakya, Chakkunmilitam Tasam Shri Guruvayam Namah”

In a verse, for the commonality in the guru and the deity, it has been said that as the need for devotion is for the deity, it is for the Guru as well. It is also possible to interview God with the grace of Sadhguru. Nothing is possible in the absence of the grace of the master. 

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