// Gururbrahmaa gururvishnuh gururdevo Maheswarah
Guruh-saakshaat parambrahma tasmai shrigurave namah //
गुरुर्ब्रह्मा ग्रुरुर्विष्णुः गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः ।
गुरुः साक्षात् परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्री गुरवे नमः|
“The Guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva), Guru becomes Parabrahman – God, rather he is venerated as if God is manifesting through him”
“Guru is creator Brahma; Guru is preserver Vishnu; Guru is also the destroyer Siva and he is the source of the Absolute. I offer all my salutations to the Guru”
This year Guru Pornima Falls on 3rd Jully 2012 Tuesday.
Meaning of Sanskrit word “Guru”
The Sanskrit root “Gu” means darkness or ignorance and “Ru” denotes the remover of that darkness. So one who removes the darkness from our life is a Guru. Only he who removes our ultimate darkness, which is a Maya, and who inspires and guides us on to the path of God-realization is the true Guru. Students may also respect to their school teachers or college lecturers as a guru.
One can only attain the salvation by serving the satpurush. Treading the path to God-realization by one’s own efforts is likened by the Katha Upanishad as walking on a razor’s edge. Adi Shankaracharya echoes a similar verdict: “If a person, despite possessing: a handsome, disease-free personetly, a well mountain of wealth, and if he has studied the Vedas and all other scriptures, and has himself composed many scriptures, but has not surrendered himself at the feet of a Guru, then he has achieved nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing.”
Thus the Guru plays a vital role in boosting the aspirant frequently, when he loses track, becomes despondent or simply runs out of steam, The Guru takes him back in steam on the path to God-realization if he better able to obey the Guru and understands the Guru’s glory.
Guru Purnima, (गुरु पूर्णिमा ) Significance
On this dayof Guru Pornima aspirants and devotees worship Vyasa in honor of his divine personage and all disciples perform a ‘puja’ of their respective spiritual preceptor or ‘Gurudevs’.
Seekers celebrate Gurupournima to express gratitude to the Guru.
On Gurupournima day, the grace, blessings and non-verbal (subtle) knowledge endowed by the Guru principle is a thousand times more than that on any other day.
For Farmers : farmers, for it heralds the setting in of the much-needed rains, as the advent of cool showers usher in fresh life in the fields. It is a good time to begin your spiritual lessons. Traditionally, spiritual seekers commence to intensify their spiritual ‘sadhana’ from this day.
The period ‘Chaturmas’ (“four months”) begins from this day. In the past,”Chaturmasa” were used by wandering spiritual masters and their disciples used to settle down at a place to study and discourse on the Brahma Sutras composed by Vyasa, and engage themselves in Vedantic discussions.
May your heart be ever fully opened towards Guru and rceptive to the abundance of his blessings. Jai Guru Dev !