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July 11, 2006

Guru Purnima

Filed under: Hinduism,Kids,Slokas — hindumommy @ 4:36 pm

 Gurubrahma Guruvishnu Gururdevo Maheshwaraha |
Guruhu sakshaat Parambrahman tasmai Shrigurave namaha ||

The guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva), veneration to the Guru who is Parabrahman manifest.

Today is Guru Purnima – the day in Hindu calendar where “gurus” or teachers are worshipped and venerated. Guru Purnima is traditionally celebrated on the day of the full moon (Purnima) in the Hindu month of Aashad. It is also known as Vyaas Purnima in veneration of sage Ved Vyas. 

Vyas and VinayakIt was the great sage Vyasa, son of a fisherwoman, who classified the accumulated spiritual knowledge of the Vedas under four heads – Rig, Yajur, Saama and Atharva. To him goes the credit of composing the authentic treatise of Brahma-sootras to explain the background of Vedas. He carried the stories of our great saints and the spiritual and moral lessons to the common masses thru the eighteen Puranas and the Mahabharata. The Mahabharata includes the Bhagvad Geeta – the immortal song of God, another priceless contribution by Vyaasa Muni. Vyasa was the original guru so it is fitting that Guru Purnima honors him and all the gurus following him

So it got me thinking of what a Guru means to us in our lives….

The word “Guru” is derived from the Sanskrit root “Gu” means darkness or ignorance and “Ru” meaning the remover of that darkness. Therefore one who removes darkness of our ignorance is a Guru. All our teachers are our Gurus

According to the Bhagvad Geeta, however clever a student is he can never attain complete knowledge on his own, and a Guru is essential to the student’s ability to learn.

So on this day of Guru Purnima, I surrender myself at the feet of all my Gurus hoping I gain atleast a small percentage of their knowledge

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