Significance of Guru Purnima
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Gururbrahmaa gururvishnuh gururdevo Maheswarah |
Guruh-saakshaat parabrahma tasmai shrigurave namah ||

"My salutations to the Guru who is Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara. The Guru is God incarnate"

The full moon day in July, the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August) is observed as the auspicious day of Guru Purnima. The day is celebrated by worshipping Guru, the spiritual master, who teaches us divine love. Poojas are performed in prostration to him. The right name for this day is Vyasa Purnima. This day is named in the memory of the great sage Vyasa. Guru Purnima is very important in all religions and sects which give important to Guru. This year Guru Purnima will be celebrated on 15th of July 2011.

The Sanskrit root "Gu" means darkness or ignorance. "Ru" denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore one who removes darkness of our ignorance is our Guru. Only he who removes our ultimate darkness, called Maya, and who inspires and guides us on to the path of God-realization is the true Guru.

Sadgurus (ascendant masters) are incarnations of God himself who live amidst us to guide us in our endeavor to reach to God. Lord Krishna in Bhagwat said that “Saints are incarnations of God”. Sadgurus are known by different names in different religions. Hindus call them “Paramhansa” Muslims call them “Qutub” and Christians call them “the ascendant masters”. They have incarnated in almost all religions. Some prominent names are Jesus Christ, Moses, Gautum Buddha, Lord Mahavir, Aadi Sankracharya, and Prophet Mohammad. The most recent incarnations of Sadgurus go by the name of Ram Krishna Paramhansa, Shri Sai Nath of Shirdi, Guru Nanak etc.

The Sadguru guides his disciple to attain God for which Guru Bhakti (devotion to Guru) is the most important requirement. Therefore, the disciples are duty bound to keep their Guru in high reverence.

The life of the modern man has become very complex. He cannot follow the elaborate Puja systems and rituals followed by his ancestors. There is shortage of time and in these difficult moments; the only recourse left to human beings is to keep faith in Sadguru who guides them to spiritual betterment. Hence, worship of Sadguru is the most important Puja in today’s world. This makes the day of Guru Purnima even more important in today’s world.

Shri C. B. Satpathy in his book “Baba-May I Answer” explains the relationship between Sadguru and disciple in the following words. “The relationship between the “Sadguru” and the disciple is very simple. The Guru is always hidden in the disciple and when the worldly covers are removed and the mind gets purified, the real image of the Guru starts getting reflected in the disciple. The disciple and the Guru cease to remain separate entities because they start living into each other in subtle form. Man always remains in search of God. The “Sadguru” helps him in this quest by purifying his mind and soul”.

Guru is indispensable for the spiritual progress of a disciple. We should all pray to our Sadguru on the day of Guru Purnima and thank him for showering his grace on us. I wish you all “Happy Guru Purnima” and pray to God that the grace of your Guru remains in your life forever.

Written by: Anand Sagar Pathak
Dated: 12th July 2011