In celebration of Guru Purnima on July 19, 2016, contemplate on the significance of Guru Purnima

Guru-Purnima - Veda Vyas

The word “Guru” in Sanskrit is translated as “dispeller of darkness.” Hence the Guru dispels the darkness of ignorance and leads the aspirants on the path to enlightenment. The day of Guru Purnima is traditionally the time when seekers offer the Guru their gratitude and receive his blessings. Guru Purnima is also considered an especially beneficial day to practice sadhana and meditation. The Full Moon Day in the month of Ashada (July-August) is known as Guru Purnima. This year it is on July 19.

Message for Guru Purnima By Sri Swami Sivananda: The full moon day in the month of Ashada is the extremely auspicious and holy day of Guru Purnima. On this Ashada Purnima Day, sacred to the memory of the great sage, Sri Vyasa Bhagavan or Sri Krishna Dwaipayana, Sannyasins settle at some place to study, do Vedantic Vichar and discourse on the thrice-blessed Brahma Sutras composed by Maharishi Vyasa. Sri Veda Vyasa has done unforgettable service to all humanity for all times by editing the four Vedas. Writing the eighteen Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Bhagavata. We can attempt to repay this deep debt of gratitude we owe Him only by constant study of His works and Practise of His teachings imparted for the regeneration of humanity in this Iron Age or Kali Yuga. In honor of this Divine personage all Sadhakas and devotees perform Vyasa Puja on this day, aspirants worship their Guru, Mahatmas and Sadhus are honored and entertained and acts of charity done by all Grihasthis with deep faith and sincerity.

Mark fully the deep significance of this great day. Ashada Purnima heralds the Chaturmas or the setting in of the eagerly awaited rains. The water drawn up and stored as clouds in the hot summer now manifests in plentiful showers that usher in the advent of fresh life everywhere. Even so, do you all begin seriously to put into actual working all the theory and philosophy that you have stored up in you through patient study. Commence practical spiritual Sadhana right from this day. Generate fresh waves of spirituality. Let all that you have read, heard, seen and learnt become, through Sadhana, transformed into a continuous outpouring of Universal Love, ceaseless loving service, and continuous prayer and worship of the Lord seated in all beings.

As the day of Guru Puja or worship of one’s preceptor, this is a day of pure joy to the sincere aspirant. Thrilled by the expectation of offering his reverent homage to the beloved Guru, aspirants await this occasion with eagerness and devotion. It is the Guru alone that breaks the binding cords of attachment and releases the aspirant from the trammels of earthly existence. The Guru is God Himself. He guides and inspires you from the innermost core of your being. He is verily the Supreme Spirit. He is everywhere.

Have a new angle of vision. Behold the entire Universe as Guru Swaroopa. See the guiding hand, the awakening voice, the illumining touch of the Guru in every object in this Creation. The whole world will now stand transformed before your changed vision. The Virat Guru will reveal all the precious secrets of life and bestow Wisdom. The Supreme Guru manifest in visible Nature will teach you the most valuable lessons of Life. Worship daily this Guru of Gurus, the Guru who taught even Avadhut Dattatreya. The silent all-enduring Earth with its lofty forbearance, the shady fruit bearing tree with its willing self-sacrifice, the mighty Pipal reposing with patience in the tiny seed, the dripping drops whose persistence wear away the rocks, the planets and the seasons with their order punctuality and regularity are Divine Gurus to him who will look, listen and receive.

Become a personification of receptivity. Empty yourself of your petty ego-sense. All the treasures locked up in the bosom of Nature will become yours! You will have progress and perfection in an amazingly short time. Become pure and unattached as the mountain breeze. As the river flows continuously, steadily and constantly towards its goal, the Ocean, by moving every moment of your life towards the Supreme state of Existence-Knowledge-Bliss, let all your thoughts, all your words, all your actions be directed only towards the Goal.

The Moon shines by reflecting the dazzling light of the Sun. It is the Full-Moon of Purnima Day that reflects in full splendor the glorious light of the Sun. It glorifies the Sun. Purify yourself through the fire of Service and Sadhana and like the Full Moon reflect the Glorious Light of the ATMAN. Become the full reflectors of Brahmic splendor, the Light of Lights, make this your goal, to become a living witness to Divinity, the brilliant Sun of Suns!

This then is my message to you all on most sacred Guru-Purnima, learn to behold all creation as Guru Swaroopa, become full moon of spiritual perfection! May you all cut asunder the knot of Avidya and shine as a blessed Jeevanmukta shedding Peace, Joy and Light everywhere!

GURU PURNIMA MESSAGE BY SRI SRI RAVI SANKAR: Guru Purnima is the day of reflection. It is the New Year for a spiritual seeker; for one who is on the path. Just like you have the calendar New Year on 1st January every year, for a spiritual seeker, the New Year is on Guru Purnima.

It is a day of reflection; to review on one’s credits and debits and look at the balance sheet. It is a day to be grateful for all that we have achieved in the past year, and a day to resolve to do what we are here to do in the coming year. That is the essence of Guru Purnima. So feel grateful for all the blessings that you have received. Be grateful for all the knowledge, and see how knowledge has transformed life. Without the knowledge we will be nowhere – realizing this, feel grateful for all that has come our way, and celebrate!

Thank all the masters of the tradition who have preserved this knowledge from ages, and brought it to us. It is very significant.

Our body has millions of cells, and each cell has its own life. Many cells are being born every day and many are dying every day. So you are a walking and moving township. Just like how there are so many cities on the planet Earth and the Earth is moving around the Sun, in the same way, inside you there are so many cells, and so many living beings, and you are moving around. So you are a township yourself.

Just like a beehive – there are so many bees that come and sit on a beehive because there is this one queen bee. If the queen bee goes away, the entire beehive disappears. In the same way, in our body there is a queen bee, which is the soul (atman), and if that goes, everything else disappears. Where is this atman or self? It is nowhere and everywhere, and that is what you are!

Like there is fatherhood and motherhood, there is something called Guruhood as well, and you all have to play the role of Guruhood to someone or the other. Anyways, consciously or unconsciously you are all a Guru to somebody already because you do give advice, guidance, love and care to people, isn’t it? So now do it consciously, giving your hundred percent without expecting anything in return. This is living the Guru Principle.

Know that there is no difference between you, the Divine and the Guru Principle. It all culminates into just one thing – the queen bee. And meditation is reposing in the atman.

Today, ask for what you want and it will be bestowed. Go for the highest desire. The best wish is to desire for knowledge and freedom. Think about everything in your life that you can be grateful for, and ask what you want for the future. And bless others; this is the time to bless people. Just receiving is not enough, we need to also bless those who are in need.


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