Guru Purnima is an annual Hindu spiritual tradition celebrated on the full moon day as per the Hindu calendar in the summer month of Ashadha (June–July).
It is dedicated to our Gurus or teachers whom we consider to be the enlightened humans, and who, true to the traditions of Karma Yoga share their knowledge, insights, and wisdom without any monetary expectations.
The Significance of Guru Purnima
As per the Hindu Taittiriya Upanishad – in the social order, respect and obeisance must be given first to mother, then father and thereafter to the Guru, in that order.
Guru is next only to the creators – God, and parents.
In the modern world, although adequate knowledge is available in the form of books, CDs, videos etc, it falls very short of wisdom which can come only from the guru. This is because knowledge is not only just words or procedures but also the infinite system of unspoken energy shifts that gets transmitted along with these words.
The presence of the Guru is all that makes a difference. His/her knowledge, experience and vision guides the students and take them along the true path of enlightenment without committing any mistakes.
True knowledge is passed down from Guru to Shishya (disciple) from generation to generation without any distortion; as the Guru is not expected to hold anything back.
Having a Guru in life to guide you is one of the most sacred things.
It not only brings us a wealth of knowledge but also creates conditions for internal self-development as knowledge is never complete.
This year on the day of Guru Purnima do plan to meet with your Guru.
If you cannot meet physically, call on the phone, write to him/her or simply spare a thought and get the spiritual rays and blessings.
The special blessings on the day of Guru Purnima will enhance your spiritual journey by bringing forth experiences and sacred knowledge acquired by your Guru, and passed on from generation to generation. This is a very important day for guru discipline as it will also purify your lineage and the future generations.
In the words of Swami Chidananda –
“God I have not seen, but godliness I have seen. All the qualities attributed to God by the scriptures, by saints and sages, in all religious contexts those I see in an unusual measure, in an extraordinary measure, in this being.
Because I have seen this being and this being is known to me, I am assured that God is.
I know there must be a God.” And in the Vedic tradition, the guru is such a being. The guru becomes for us pratyaksha devaa, visible God. God reveals Himself through the guru.“