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31 July 2015

GuruPurnima significance

गुरुर्ब्रम्हा गुरुर्विष्णु: गुरुर्देवो महेश्वर: l
गुरू साक्षात परं ब्रम्ह तस्मै श्री गुरुवे नमः ll

Guru is often regarded as God; a link between the individual and Him. Scriptures often define Guru as the God, or nothing less to a God. A guru could be anyone who has given you knowledge and wisdom. In Hinduism, a guru could be a spiritual leader, a head of a sect or a mentor. Guru Purnima falls on full Moon day of Ashadh and is celebrated in the sacred memory of Ved Vyasa.Ved Vyasa was considered the first guru rather aadyaguru for he wrote 18 Puranas, Mahabharata and Shrimad Bhagvatam.

This day is recognized to be highly important as it reflects upon the wisdom or knowledge gained by an individual in this journey of life.Traditionally,this day marks highly important for a spiritual seeker as the individual tries to increase his Sadhana from this day. It also marks the start of " Chaturmaas" four months of the year reserved for penance, austerities, fasting, bathing in holy rivers and religious observances.
A Guru throws light on your life. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that he lamps the path of life for you. This is the day to feel grateful for all the wisdom that life has taught you because if you honor the wisdom gained you are actually honoring the Guru who trained you to gain this wisdom. 
The Manusmriti regards our Mother as our first guru with father and teacher following. It is the mother who teaches the child a lot of first things that child learns including taking his first step. The basic tenets of Guru and Guru Purnima remain the same through many generations evolving as time passes by. In days gone by, Guru was a teacher, a hermit who would impart knowledge on different temporal subjects to the students in the hermitage. With evolution of mankind the hermitage turned into academic institutions like schools and Universities.However, the significance of guru hasn't changed. He is still regarded as a guide and mentor to attain the ultimate knowledge; leave a lasting impression on mind and train oneself to be his own guru going forward.

Guru Purnima therefore signifies the day to reflect on what we have learnt, be grateful for our knowledge, what we achieved and thank our teacher for the knowledge that was brought to us.......Without the knowledge we will be no where.....

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