“Guru Brahma Gurur Vishnu Guru Devo Maheshwaraha Guru Saakshat Para Brahma Tasmai Shree Guruve Namaha”
Meaning: Guru is verily the representative of Brahama, Vishnu and Shiva. He creates, sustains knowledge and destroys the weed of ignorance, as the student we thank our teachers.
Guru is the person who shows us the path to success, loyalty and respect for the work. He helps us to achieve the aim and make journey of student a way easier by guiding them. As it’s hard to imagine a life without a teacher. Hence in order to pay the gratitude towards ones Guru, every year on the full moon of Asadha month Guru Purnima is celebrated across the Indian subcontinent. This year Guru Purnima will be celebrated on 5th of July, Sunday.
The holy festival of Guru Purnima is being celebrated since ancient times. According to religious stories, in ancient times, the disciples used to celebrate this day with great reverence in Gurukul. On this day special puja of Guru was organised. According to religious beliefs, Krishna Dwaipayan Vyas is the author of Mahabharata and the Holy Shrimad Bhagavata and was born on the holy day of Guru Purnima.
Krishna Dwaipayan Vyas was considered a great scholar of Sanskrit. Not only this, but there are references to 18 Puranas in Hinduism, whose author is Maharishi Ved Vyas. Apart from this, the credit of dividing the Vedas also goes to Krishna Dvaipayan Vyas, due to which he is also known as Ved Vyasa.
You all may not know Maharishi Ved Vyas is also called Adiguru, due to which Guru Purnima is also called Vyas Purnima. The Guru of Gurus Dattatreya is said to have been taught by Sage Vyasa. This day is thus considered to be a very knowledge oriented day for all Hindus.
On this auspicious day let us know about the eight different teachings that were given to the disciples by the gurus during the ancient times:
- Chakra Jagran Diksha.
- Knowledge Initiation.
- Marg Diksha.
- Poornabhisheka initiation – Ramakrishna Paramahamsa entitled this to Swami Vivekananda by conferring all his powers to Vivekananda.
- Shambhavi Diksha.
- Shishyabhishek Diksha.
- Time initiation.
- Vidya Diksha.
Here are the auspicious timings:
Purnima Tithi starts at 11:30 am July 4
Purnima Tithi end at 10:15 am on Jul 5
Here is the video clip by Sadguru, by going through it you will definitely have a better understanding of the guru element around us.