Sunday, July 9, 2017

Understanding The Meaning And Importance Of Guru Poornima

Understanding The Meaning And Importance Of Guru Poornima
||श्री गुरुभ्यो नमः|| 
Salutation to the Guru or the Teacher

Understanding The Meaning And Importance Of Guru Poornima

अज्ञानतिमिरान्धस्य ज्ञानाञ्जनशालाकया
Agyan timirandhasya gyananjan shalakaya

चक्षुरुन्मीलितं येन तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः
chakshurunmilitam yen tasmai shri gurave namah

Meaning - 
He who removes darkness of ignorance of the blinded (un-enlightened) by applying the ointment(medicine) of (Spiritual) knowledge
He Who opens the eyes, salutations unto that holy Guru

Guru Purnima is an Indian and Nepalese festival dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers. This festival is traditionally celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists, to pay their respects to their teachers and express their gratitude. The festival is celebrated on the full moon day (Purnima) in the Hindu month of Ashadha (June–July) of the Shaka Samvat, as it is known in the Hindu calendar of India and Nepal.This day marks the first peak of the lunar cycle after the peak of the solar cycle.

Guru Poornima is a festival that is celebrated as per the Hindu Moon Sign calendar to express reverence towards your Guru, your teacher or mentors. Etymologically, the word Guru has been derived from two parts - Gu that means darkness and Ru that is the antidote to the darkness. Naturally, the word Guru implies someone who shows takes us away from the darkness of ignorance to the light of knowledge.

The Above description and definitions though may highlight a particular religion, who followed them the principles are applicable to anyone in life irrespective of Religion, Caste, Creed, Nationality or otherwise. To Grow up in life we need a Guide, Mentor, Teacher or the divine entity we so term as "God" in bowing down before him in reverence and accepting in humility that there is something that is greater than "Self" and we accept it to learn from them and grow. Simply speaking we can say - "Guru Poornima is basically the festivals of the 'seekers' – the seekers of the divine wisdom, knowledge, spirituality, peace and greater prudence."

Guru ke sumiran maatr se, nasht vighn anant
Taase sarv aarambh me(i), Dhyaavat hai sab sant

(Just by remembering your Guru, you will be able to overcome all the obstacles. That's why at the beginning of everything, Guru is remembered – not only by the saints, but also by many common people)

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