By Priyanka Mahajan
What is Guru Purnima?
India is that country where a large number of festivals are celebrated. Each festival attaches a special significance to Indian culture. One of such festivals is Guru Poornima. Guru Purnima is celebrated to pay the tribute to all the 'Gurus' or the teachers and get their blessings. Guru Purnima 2012 date is July 3. A guru is that person who is of the utmost importance in his pupil's life. A guru has that sort of magnificent experience and knowledge which provides appropriate guidance to a person, to stand confident, in all the ups and downs that may come in his/her life.
Guru Poornima Celebrations
Guru Poornima is celebrated in the Ashadh month i.e. in the months of July and August, particularly on the full moon day, in accordance with the Hindu calendar. The Chaturmas period starts from this day. Hence, this is also a good day for the farmers. It is believed that this day brings the sufficient amount of rains, needed for the fresh life, to grow, in the fields.
Guru Poornima is also known as Vyasa Poornima because the great guru Sri Ved Vyasa was born on this day. Guru Vyasa categorized the Vedas, wrote all 18 Puranas, the great epic- Mahabharata and the Shrimad Bhagvad Geeta. Every Hindu is indebted to the Guru- Shri Ved Vyasa for all his contributions in great writings, which has helped every spiritual seeker to gain knowledge. Ved Vyasa has also taught Dattatreya. Dattatreya is considered the Guru of all Gurus. He is believed to be encompassing the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. On Guru Poornima day, the disciples worship their Gurus by performing Pooja. This day is considered good for the people to commence their spiritual lessons.
Apart from performing poojas, there are certain other things which must be done by every person on this day to get the true blessings of the Guru and the God.
It is considered a punya karma to feed the poor and the hungry, especially on this day. It helps oneself to have an access to all the grace of God and the Gurus.
Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and Kubera is considered the lord of wealth. Involving oneself in a Yajna (the fire ritual) and worshipping Lakshmi mata and lord Kubera on this day add up to one's happiness and prosperity.
Legend behind Guru Purnima
In the past, on this day, the maharishis or the enlightened spiritual masters used to sit with their disciples to teach the Brahma Sutras composed by Vyas, and also used to discuss upon Vedas. Thus, Guru Poornima exhibits the highly divine and respectable relationship of Guru and Shishya.
On Guru Poornima, all the pupils and spiritual seekers worship their Gurus and take their blessings to live a good life and realized truth. This day is also very important for every such person who wants to pay homage to those with enormous knowledge and experience. This is a very auspicious day to initiate learning from the Gurus or the teachers. It is believed that performing pooja on this day helps in solving many unsolved problems in one's life.