Guru Purnima 2016
Guru Purnima? is an Indian festival dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers.
This year falls now on the 19th July 2016, full Moon day of the month of Ashadha, can be the best date for beginning any spiritual practice. This festival is traditionally celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists, to pay their respects to their gurus (teachers) and express their gratitude.
It is the time to express your love and warmth to all those who have believed in you and who helped you in excelling in whatever way you wished to.
Guru Purnima : Meaning and Significance
Since the beginning of the universe, a Guru is considered to be one of the most important part of one’s life. The day of Guru Purnima is dedicated to all the academic teachers and the spiritual teachers in one’s life.
The word Guru is divided into two parts: “Gu” & “Ru” , originating from the Sanskrit language. The Word “Gu” signifies darkness and “Ru” signifies the one who removes the darkness. Thus, the complete word Guru means one who is the remover of the darkness. The second word Purnima means the Full Moon day.
As per Hindu mythology, the day of Guru Purnima is dedicated to Ved Vyas (the greatest guru of all times). That is why it is also named as Vyasa Purnima.
Ved Vyasa: GURU OF ALL THE GURUS
Guru Ved Vyas has been considered as the biggest and the most knowledgeable Guru of all times. Guru Purnima or Vyasa Purnima is dedicated to Guru Ved Vyas and is celebrated as his birthday. Ved Vyasa is one of the most regarded Gurus. Ved Vyas has taught us the real values and has helped us in differentiating between wrong and right.
Ved Vyasa was one of those Gurus who classified the Vedas into four different texts. These Vedas in today’s time are known as Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Saam Veda, and Atharva Veda.
The greatest epic of all times, Mahabharata, written by Ved Vyas, is still guiding us from all the wrongs that are prevailing in the society.
Guru illuminates our life
The quest for a Guru cannot be overlooked. Alexander the great, Hellen Keller, Shivaji and Swami Vivekananda and many other luminaries in different fields of activities, could attain the rare position because of the enlightening guidance of their respective Gurus.
In spiritual life as well as in daily life, we need to learn to stand on our own two feet. A true guru can only point out the way to us, or help us see how we are stuck, and what we can do about it, he can only show us the door; we must walk though it on our own.
Gurus have been treated as gods. Their wish, command and advice was considered ultimate. The below mentioned Shloka signifies it all:
Sri Guru Mantra
Gurur Brahmaa Gurur Vishnu
Gurur Devo Maheshwarah
Guru Saakshaata Parabrahma
Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah
This?Mantra?clearly signifies that a Guru is trinity (Brahma-Vishnu-Mahesh), and it is believed that through a Guru one can achieve the ultimate result and reach to the supreme power.
It has been stated in Hindu mythology that a Guru is the ultimate path setter. The biggest example of the devotion towards one's Guru is of Eklavya. Who on the command of his Guru (Dronacharya) cut his thumb as respect .
Why can’t we get a real Guru
It is often asked, why do so many people seem to fall in with gurus of such questionable qualifications or motives? The answer is simply because most self-styled seekers don’t really want a genuine traditional guru. They don’t want spiritual life strongly enough to make the necessary sacrifices. A genuine guru will require real personal surrender and real renunciation of worldliness. Most people simply don’t want to go that far. They want a guru who will make few demands and provide a cheap artificial “high miracles.” Some gurus go so far as denying the importance of the traditional texts and arguing that they themselves can provide the spiritual experience that the scriptures can only describe. This is a strategy to save them from being exposed.
In Buddhist community, Guru Purnima or Vyasa Purnima marks the tribute to their Lord Gautam Buddha.It is believed that on this day, Gautam Buddha delivered his first sermon at Sarnath. Hence, it is believed that on this day the spiritual teachings of Buddha were administered. Since then, Guru Purnima is a very important day in the Buddhist community.
In Jainism, Guru Purnima is an extremely important day. As on this day, Mahavira made Gautam (Indrabhuti) his first disciple and he turned himself as a Guru. Since then, this day is observed to be a very important day in the lives of Jain community.
TIMINGS OF THE AUSPICIOUS DAY
As per Hindu Religion, Guru Purnima falls in the month of Ashadh, which in Western calendar falls in June-July. In the Year 2016 the timings of this auspicious day is as follows:
DATE: 19 JULY, Tuesday
TIME: BEGINS-04.40 on 19 JULY
ENDS - 04.26 on 20 JULY
Importance of Full Moon day
In Indian tradition of learning Ved Vyas is recognize as Adi Guru…He is, undoubtedly a Guru of gurus. Any astrologer who wants to have the highest intuitive power must give the supreme position to his Guru then and only then he can look into the mystic operations of the stars. Only that would make him the best practitioner of the predictive astrology.
Guru in Astrology
In Astrology, Guru is also known as Brahaspati or Jupiter in English. In the Taittiriya Upanishad Jupiter is said to be the intellect and speech and wisdom of the Virat Purusha, the Cosmic Body. In the Brihat Parasara Hora (1.26.31) he is said to be the dwarf incarnation of Vishnu. In the Vishnu Purana he is said to be Brahma. Sometimes he is identified with Ganapati (Ganesh), and sometimes with Angiras (the priest of the gods and lord of sacrifices).
What to do, if Guru is afflicted
If Guru is in your sign of debilitation and/or associated with a malefic you can find your life full of challenges in all respects due to inauspicious effects of planet Jupiter. If you happen to run under such guru’s dasha or antardasha (i.e. period or sub-period), you require to pacify the ill effect of Jupiter through graham-shanti pooja on Guru purnima. There are many more remedial measures to make the planet Jupiter favouring you in blissful manner
Apply turmeric or sandalwood paste on forehead.
Donate bananas or sweets to old persons and orphans.
Help your siblings or cousins whenever possible.
Take blessings or your parents and gurus before starting any new work.
Perform Rudrabhishek on Thursdays.
Wear three/ nine / twelve faced Rudraksh.
Guru Purnima Rituals
Since the medieval times, on the day of Guru Purnima or Vyasa Purnima, the students (Shishya) used to offer special Pujas and greetings to their Gurus.
Guru should be worshipped every day in the morning and specially on Guru Purnima immediately after waking up and before stepping out of the bed.
"Om Gurve Namah"
Mode of Celebration:
Over the years, the mode of celebration of guru purnima has changed a lot and it is quite common because of the fact that, now the whole world is different and the concept of ardent ‘Chella’ (Learner) has changed a lot. In earlier times people used to host a special prayer for their Gurus and in those prayers they used to recite the greatness and the nobleness of their gurus.
Even parents are the gurus as they are the best preacher to the child. But it is said that a Guru is the one who acts as the link between the god and the human soul. And having Guru in your life is a must have thing. Guru is the one who guides the person on the way of peace and knowledge and finally to the god. On the other hand due to the globalization scenarios and the way people celebrate this day have changed a lot.
It has been rightly said God cannot come and teach you everything. Hence, he created a teacher, a Guru. The child takes his first step at home and he learns his basics from his parents, but these steps are put in the best efforts by his Guru. His basics learnt are polished and well defined by a