Guru Purnima 2014
गुरु पुर्णिमा २०१४
Saturday 12 july 2012
Hindus connect supreme significance to religious gurus. Gurus are often equated with God (bhagawan) and forever regarded as a relationship between the individual and the Immortal. Just as the moon shines by dazzling the light with the sun, and glorifies it, all disciples can dazzle like the moon by gaining from their Gurus.
What exactly is Guru Purnima?
The full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August) is observed as the fortunate day of Guru Purnima, a day sacred to the memory with the great sagacious Vyasa. Every Hindus are grateful to this ancient saint who edited the four Vedas, wrote the eighteen Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata. Vyasa even taught Dattatreya, who is regarded as the Guru of Gurus.
Importance of Guru Purnima
On this day, all religious aspirants and devotees worship Vyasa in respect of his divine dignitary and all disciples do a 'puja' of their respective religious preceptor or 'Gurudevs'.
This day is of deep importance to the farmers, for it heralds the setting in with the much-needed rains, as the advent of cool showers usher in fresh life in the fields. It is a good time to start your religious education. Historically, religious seekers begin to intensify their religious 'sadhna' from this day.
The period 'Chaturmas' ("four months") begins from this day. In the past, wandering religious masters and their disciples used to settle down at a place to study and discussion on the Brahma Sutras self-possessed by Vyasa, and interact themselves in Vedantic discussions.
Gurudev asks: "Do you understand now the sacred impact and the supreme consequence with the Guru's role in the evolution of man? It was not without reason that the India with the past cautiously tended and kept alive the lamp of Guru-Tattva. It's thus not without motive that India, year after year, age after age, commemorates anew this olden perception with the Guru, adores it and pays homage to it again and again, and thus re-affirms its perception and allegiance to it. For, the true Indian knows that the Guru is a only guarantee for the individual to transcend the bondage of unhappiness and death, and experience the Consciousness with the Reality."
1. All aspirants aware at Brahmamuhurta, at four o'clock. They meditate on the Guru and chant his prayers.
2. Later in the day, the sacred worship with the Guru's Feet is performed. Of this worship it's believed in the Guru Gita:
Dhyaana moolam guror murtih;
Pooja moolam guror padam;
Mantra moolam guror vakyam;
Moksha moolam guror kripa
ध्यान मूलम् गुरुर्मुर्ति
पूजा मूलम् गुरुर पदम्
मंत्र मूलम् गुरुर वाक्यम्
मोक्ष मूलम् गुरुर कृपा
"The Guru's form ought to be meditated upon; the feet with the Guru must be worshipped; his words are to be treated as a sacred Mantra; his Grace ensures ultimate liberation".
3. Sadhus and Sannyasins are then worshipped and fed at noon.
4. There is nonstop Satsang through that discourses are held on the glory of devotion to the Guru in particular, and on religious subjects in general.
five. Deserving aspirants are initiated into the Holy Order of Sannyas, as it is a highly fortunate event.
6. Religious disciples fast and use up the full day in prayer (prarthana). They also get fresh resolves for religious growth.
The Guru's Recommendation
Guruji recommends: "Wake up at Brahmamuhurta (at four a.m.) on this most holy day. Deliberate on the lotus feet of your Guru. Mentally pray to him for his Grace, through that alone you can attain Self-realisation. Do energetic Japa and deliberate in the early morning hours.
"After bath, worship the lotus feet of your Guru, or his image or photo with flowers, fruits, incense and camphor. Fast or take only milk and fruits the whole day.
In the afternoon, sit with other devotees of your Guru and discuss with them the glories and knowledge of your Guru.
"On the other hand, you can observe the vow of silence and study the books or writings of your Guru, or mentally reflect upon his wisdom. Take fresh resolves on this holy day, to tread the religious path in accordance with the precepts of your Guru.
"At night, assemble again with other devotees, and sing the Names with the Lord and the glories of your Guru. The best form of worship with the Guru is to follow his knowledge, to shine as the very personification of his wisdom, and to spread his glory and his message."