Gurur brahmaa gurur vishnuh gurur devo Maheswarah”|
Guruh saakshaat parambrahma tasmai shriguravenamah”||
Guru is verily the representative of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. He creates, sustains knowledge and destroys the weeds of ignorance. I salute such a Guru.
Hindus observe the full moon day in the month of Ashadh (July) as Guru Purnima. This day is celebrated as a mark of respect to the Guru. Sometimes it is a teacher or a preacher, a saint or in many cases the lord himself who is revered as the Jagadguru. This day is celebrated in the sacred memory of the great Sage Vyasa, who compiled the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata. Veda Vyasa is credited with giving us the body of Hindu Scriptures as we have it today. The day, also known as “Vyasa Purnima” is observed by devotees who offer pujas (worship) to their beloved Gurus. Sage Vyasa is revered as the Adi (original) Guru by Hindus. He is considered as an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Thus on the auspicious day of Vyaasa Purnima, devotees worship their chosen gurus for showing them the true path serving as a guide post in their lives. On this day, several programs and spiritual events are organized and the day is spent in the contemplation of the guru. Discourses and bhajans fill the air in all ashrams throughout India and elsewhere in the world.
The Guru’s form is the best to meditate upon; the Guru’s feet are the best for worship; the Guru’s word is the mantra and the Guru’s Grace is the root of liberation. Praise be the teacher who can uplift the disciples spiritually.