Sunday, July 9, 2017

Guru Purnima - Propelling the change within

Whom do you think is the catalyst in your life? It is our Gurus or teachers who serve as the change makers and guide us onto the path of righteousness.

What more could you anticipate from this world that was all but darkness? What would you be without the guidance of an enlightening light? 

The answer to the above questions is the existence of a teacher, a mentor or a guru. It is the very existence of a teacher who dissipates the darkness and the ignorance in you. If we dive deep into the literal meaning, a teacher helps you to have a control on yourself in reality. Expedition from the abyss of the dark towards the light is marked by a teacher. 

So, to pay adoration to your guru and teachers, Guru Purnima is celebrated. On this propitious occasion of Guru Purnima, a devotee exhibits gratitude for the elements that shimmers up his/her life in the real world.

हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करे

When is Guru Purnima Celebrated?

Guru Purnima falls on the day of Purnima in the Ashadh month. Guru means the annihilator of darkness and hence, Guru is also contemplated as the bridge between the mortal and the immortal. English Calendar envisages that this occasion falls in the month of July or August. In 2017, Guru Purnima will be celebrated on 9th of July. In Hinduism, a Guru holds the apex position and this is why a tribute is paid to all Gurus in order to seek their blessings. It is believed that on the day of Guru Purnima, Sage Ved Vyas was born and hence, it is also known by the name of Vyasa Purnima. On this very day, Sage Vyasa is also reverenced, and in his memory only, everyone pays homage to their respective Gurus or teachers.

Puja Vidhi

Let us know how to please your Guru on the day of Guru Purnima

  • Wake up early in the morning and take bath on the day of Guru Purnima.
  • Approach your Guru after putting on clean and tidy clothes.
  • Accord a dignified seat for your venerable Guru by offering flowers and fruits with love and respect. 
  • Giving Dakshina (token of respect) to Guru, seek the blessings and protection of your Guru to achieve enhanced wisdom.
  • Apart from your Guru, respect should be paid to all your elders including your father, mother, and siblings as well. 
  • On this day, one must learn lessons of life from your Guru. Moreover, you should also worship your Personal God (Ishta Dev).

Significance of Guru Purnima

In our Vedas, Guru is considered to be superior than the Trideva i.e. Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, because it is Guru who makes you aware of new possibilities. Students who studied in Gurukul in the ancient times, used to celebrate Guru Purnima with great enthusiasm and fervour. On the day of Guru Purnima, circumambulating around the Govardhan Parvat holds great significance. Bathing in holy rivers, worship in temples and holy feasts also mark the essence of Guru Purnima. Moreover, teachers are awarded by their students in the educational institutions.

We, at AstroSage wish all our viewers a Happy Guru Purnima!

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