Guru Purnima 2013
The complete moon day within the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August) is observed
because the lucky day of Guru Purnima, a day sacred to the memory of the good
sage Vyasa. All Hindus are indebted to this ancient saint who edited the four
Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata. Vyasa
even taught Dattatreya, who is regarded as the Guru of Gurus.
Significance of Guru Purnima
On this day, all non secular aspirants and devotees worship Vyasa in honor of
his divine personage and all disciples carry out a 'puja' of their respective
non secular preceptor or 'Gurudevs'.
This present day is of deep significance to the farmers, for it heralds the
setting in of the much-needed rains, as the arrival of cool showers usher in
recent life within the fields. It's a good time to start your religious lessons.
Traditionally, religious seekers commence to intensify their spiritual 'sadhana'
from this day.
The period 'Chaturmas' ("4 months") begins from this day. Up to now, wandering
religious masters and their disciples used to calm down at a spot to review and
discourse on the Brahma Sutras composed by Vyasa, and engage themselves in
The Position of the Guru
Swami Sivananda asks: "Do you notice now the sacred significance and the supreme
significance of the Guru's role within the evolution of man? It was not with out
motive that the India of the previous rigorously tended and kept alive the lamp
of Guru-Tattva. It's subsequently not with out purpose that India, yr after
year, age after age, commemorates anew this ancient idea of the Guru, adores it
and pays homage to it time and again, and thereby re-affirms its perception and
allegiance to it. For, the true Indian knows that the Guru is the one guarantee
for the individual to transcend the bondage of sorrow and dying, and experience
the Consciousness of the Reality."