गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुः गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः।
गुरुर्साक्षात् परब्रह्म तस्मै श्री गुरवेनमः॥
Since ages, Guru has been worshiped next to God in Hindu Religion.
Guru Purnima is also known as Vyasa Purnima. This festival is celebrated every year on the full moon day of Ashada month. This year Guru Purnima will be celebrated on 12th July. Since the beginning of the universe, a Guru is considered to be one of the most important parts of our life. The day of Guru Purnima is dedicated to all the spiritual teachers of our great Guru Parampara.
The word Guru is divided into two parts: “Gu” & “Ru”. Both originating from the Sanskrit language. The Word “Gu” signifies darkness and “Ru” signifies the one who removes the darkness. Thus the word Guru means one who is the remover of the darkness of our mind. The second word Purnima means the Full Moon day. As per the Hindu calendar, Guru Purnima falls in the month of Ashada (July-August).
Guru is the one who holds a very significant role throughout our Sadhana. We all, throughout our lifetime, learn about new things and get a new understanding of the things and this is all because of a Guru.
Bhagawan Ved Vyasa is known as Adi Guru of our Guru Parampara, the greatest Guru of all times. Guru Purnima or Vyasa Purnima is dedicated to Guru Ved Vyas and is celebrated as his birthday. Ved Vyasa is one of the most regarded Gurus. He has taught us the real values and has helped us in differentiating the wrong from right (viveka).
The greatest epic of all times, Mahabharat, written by Ved Vyas, is a live example. The teachings we get from Mahabharata are still prevalent in today’s time and these teachings still guide us from all the wrongs that are prevailing in the society.
Ved Vyasa is also known as Sri Krishna Dwaipayana as he was born in an island. He has classified the Vedas into four different volumes hence he is known as Veda Vyasa. These four Vedas in today’s time are known as Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Saama Veda, and Atharvana Veda. He also wrote the “Srimad Bhagwad Geeta”, the divine teachings of Lord Krishna to Arjuna in the battlefield.
May the divine grace and blessings of all the Gurus of Guru Parampara flow through us to the world around us.