The day of the guru

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In focus It’s a tradition to remember and honour our gurus on the auspicious ‘Guru Purnima’ day. SREE SESHA KALYANI

‘Vyasa Purnima’ or ‘Guru Purnima’ is the festival celebrated across the country by Hindus, on the full moon day that comes in the month of ‘Ashad’ (July-August).

This day is also believed as the day on which Vyasa Maharshi had taken his birth. As Vyasa had bestowed the knowledge of Vedas, sastras and puranas to the mankind, he is considered as Guru by the world.

‘Guru’ – The word itself means darkness (gu) and light (ru) i.e., which helps one to attain knowledge by dispelling ignorance. Guru is the one who aids in attaining knowledge about an aspect and leads us in the right direction towards destiny.

It is worth remembering that any effort made for completion of a task without the right guidance will not yield the desired results.

Adiguru Sankaracharya in his Guru asthakam enlightens everyone that without belief and dedication to Guru any success, wealth and prosperity that is gained by one will not lead to self contentment and is useless.

Lord Srikrishna has become the Jagadguru by giving the valuable discourse to the world in the form of Bhagavad Gita and had enlightened Arjuna regarding the reality in life.

Irrespective of caste, creed and colour, Mother is considered as the first Guru at every phase of life.

The sloka Guru Brahma Guru Vishnuhu Guru Devo Maheswaraha… is rendered by everyone regardless of stage or age.

It has been a practice since ancient times to offer the first prayer to Guru. Students of Indian classical music also follow the ‘guru sishya parampara’ and celebrate Guru Purnima across the world.

Several composers had also noted the significance of a guru in their works. While great saints like Surdas, Samarth Ramdas and Meera had praised the guru through their bhajans, one among the trinity – Saint Thyagaraja had composed a beautiful kriti Guruleka Etuvanti Guniki Theliyagabodhu… in Gowri Manohari ragam, which discloses the greatness and necessity of guru to lead a peaceful life. Mohe laagi lagan guru charanki.. by Meera , Guru MaharajaGuru.. by Samartha Ramdas and Manasa Bhajare Guru Charanam … by Satya Sai Baba are a few of the renowned bhajans which reveal the supremacy of guru.



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