Guru Purnima is a Full Moon day dedicated to one’s Guru. It is also called the Full Moon of the Guru.A Full Moon is a day for prosperity and divinity and on this day through the divine grace of Guru onecan receive merits worth several hundreds of hours of meditation,by simply surrendering oneself with love, respect and devotion to one’s Guru.
The day is also celebrated to honor the birth of the ancient sage, Guru Ved Vyasa, who edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata.
Who is a Guru?
Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Guru Devo Maheshwara;Guru Sakshath Parambrahma Tasmai Shri Gurave Namaha;
It means – Guru, is the creator Brahma; Guru is the preserver Vishnu; Guru is also the destroyer Shiva,Guru is the Absolute truth and happiness. I offer all reverential salutations to such a great teacher.
A Guru is a manifestation of the God on the earth plane. He is the creator, who gives us the vision to realize our potential, the sustainer who guides us to reach a state of perfection and a destroyer of our ignorance. He symbolizes moral values, spirituality and wisdom. He is the medium through which one can approach the truth, the supreme reality.
A Guru is also a teacher we have had at a point of time in our life, who dispelled our ignorance with the light of relevant knowledge and helped us indentify the blockages that impede the realization of our goals. He guides us towards right approach and right action.
What is the need of a Guru?
Like a sculptor who uses his hammer and chisel to carve out beautiful sculptures out of shapeless pieces of stone, a Guruchisels the consciousness of his disciple to bring out his true potential that he himself was not aware of.
The light of Guru’s wisdom helps us to overcome dissatisfaction and frustrations in lifeas we become more aware of ourrealities. His guidance gives us gyana drishti, the vision of knowledge, which helps us find loopholes in the course we have been following and the measures we need to take for bringing in more stability and contentment in life. The grace of Guru also helps a disciple to transcend the bondage of karma.
Guidance of a good teacher ensures easy success in important undertakings in life.Especially, if someone is serious about learning a difficult subject, assistance from someone more experienced in the field would surely help to sail smoothly towards the goal.
Significance of 2014 Guru Purnima
Guru Purnima is celebrated every year on the Full Moon day in the month of Aadi (mid-July to mid-August). This year it falls on July 12th IST.
In astrology, the planet Jupiter is called the Guru, the teacher of the Gods. He is the most benefic of all the planets in Vedic astrology and His influence bestows us with qualities like wisdom, truthfulness, morality, charity, benevolence and compassion.
The 2014 Guru Purnima is special because of the present exalted state of the planet Jupiter. The Moon on this day will be transiting in Sagittarius, a sign ruled by Jupiter. The enhanced sacredness of the day will give more power to the rituals and prayers on Guru Purnima, allowing us to overcome all kinds of limitations and to create a life more meaningful and fulfilling.