Guru Purnima (Guru Pooja, Vyasa Purnima) is a festival dedicated to Gurus and teachers. This festival is 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) of Ashadha (falls in June–July)
2016 July 19th Tuesday
- Mother is the first Guru of all and we should worship our mother on this special occasion for all her teachings and upbringing.
- Next Guru is father – deserve all the worship to him.
- Guru is who taught you the world knowledge and made you capable person to lead successful life.
Finding the right Guru to pursue our goals, knowledge is very important. Getting right Shishya (disciple) for a Guru who is looking to impart his knowledge is also a challenge. Success of a person is very much dependent on the blessings of the right Guru.
- Disciples worship or pay respect by thanking their teachers as well as remembering past teachers and scholars.
- Lord Buddha gave his first sermon on this day at Sarnath, UP.
- Shiva became the first guru, as he began the transmission of yoga to the Saptarishis.
- Vyasa, is greatest gurus and a symbol of the Guru-shishya tradition. On this day Vyasa was born, started writing the Brahma Sutras and also classified Vedas. He wrote Maha Bahrata, One of the 7 chiranjeevis,
- Jains begin CHAUMASAAS, the four month rainy season retreat.
- Buddhists observe on this day uposathae. to observe eight precepts.
- Vipassana meditators practice meditation on this day under the guidance of their teachers. Rainy season (Varsha / Vassa) also starts with this day. During the rainy season lasting for three lunar months from July to October. During this time Buddhist monks remain in a single place, generally in their temples. In some monasteries, monks dedicate the Vassa to intensive meditation. During Vassa, many Buddhist lay people reinvigorate their spiritual training and adopt more ascetic practices, such as giving up meat, alcohol, or smoking.
- Vyasa – author of the Mahabharata – was born to sage Parashara and Satyavati, on this day which is celebrated as Vyasa Purnima.
- Veda Vyasa, as he worked for the cause of Vedic, dividing them into four parts based on their use in the sacrificial rites, and teaching them to his four chief disciples – Paila, Vaisampayana, Jaimini and Sumantu.
- He divided the Holy Vedas into four, namely Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharvana. The Legends, histories and the Puranas are like annexure to Vedas.
“Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, Gurur Devo Maheshwara, Guru Sakshat Parabrahmah Tasmai Shree Guru Veh Namah”
Meaning: The Guru is Brahma, Guru is Vishnu, Guru is Shiva, the God of gods, Guru is the supreme Brahman, Here are my salutations to the Guru