- Jainish Shah
Today, India celebrated Guru Purnima. Guru Purnima is dedicated to the Teachers. India is a land of cultures, manners and rituals. And, we Indians thank, worship and bow to our Teachers on this auspicious day of Guru Purnima.
The word Guru is derived from the Sanskrit words ‘gu’ and ‘ru’. gu means darkness or ignorance and ru denotes the remover of that darkness. Thus, a guru is the one who removes darkness from our lives and fill it with light of manners, wisdom and joy.
The auspicious festival is celebrated on the full moon day (Purnima) in the month of Ashadh (June-July). The Buddhists honor Lord Buddha as their guru on this day.Besides, Hindus pay honor to the great sage Vyasa, the greatest guru in ancient Hindu traditions and a symbol of the Guru Shishya tradition.
A guru is a person who makes you learn to write, read and speak for the first time. He/She moulds you for your better tomorrow. A guru explains you the real meaning of life and how to lead a peaceful life. He is the one who gives you strength to face the world and distinguish between wrong and right. A guru is a teacher, guider, mentor, well wisher and much beyond that.
“Life without a guru would be like a boat without a rudder”.
We remember our gurus in our prayers by saying the famous sanskrit sloka,
Guru Devo Maheshwara
Guru Sakshath Parambrahma Tasmai Shri Gurave Namaha”.
The sloka means “The Guru is Brahma (The God of Creation)
The Guru is Vishnu (The God of Sustenance)
The Guru is Shiva (The God of Annihilation)
My Salutation to such a Guru, who is verily the Supreme God”.