Guru Purnima -
Guru Bramaah - Guru Vishnuh - Guru Devo Maheshwarah |
Guru Saakshaat - Param Brahma - tasmai Shri Gurave Namah ||
The word Guru is derived from two words, 'Gu' and 'Ru'. The Sanskrit root 'Gu' means darkness or ignorance. 'Ru' denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore one who removes darkness of our ignorance is a Guru.
Guru plays an important role in the life of devotees who seek truth from them and acquire much knowledge about the spiritual realm. They are able to shape their lives based on the teachings and advise of these gurus. Gurus are considered to represent God himself. They are people who can lead one on the path of happiness and help in attaining salvation from worldly existence.
Guru Purnima is a festival traditionally celebrated by Hindus and Buddhists, marked by ritualistic veneration of the Guru, Guru Puja. Gurus are believed by many to be the most necessary part of lives. On this day, disciples offer puja (worship) or pay respect to their Guru (Spiritual Guide) and seek his or her special blessing. Guru Purnima falls on the day of full moon, Purnima, in the month of Ashadh (June-July) of the Hindu calendar.
Guru Purnima day have great importance in relation to a guru and disciple. On this day a disciple, expresses his gratitude to his Guru. This is the day that strengthens the teacher student bond.