GURU PURNIMA 2015
31 JULY 2015
Full moon day during Ashadha month is known as Guru Purnima day. Traditionally this day is reserved for Guru Puja or Guru Worship. On this day disciples offer Puja or pay respect to their Gurus. Guru refers to spiritual guide who enlighten disciples by his knowledge and teachings.
Guru Purnima is also known as Vyasa Purnima and this day is commemorated as birth anniversary of Veda Vyasa. Veda Vyasa was the author as well as a character in the Hindu epic Mahabharata.
The Guru Purnima festival will fall on the 31st of July in 2015. Traditionally it falls on the full moon day in the Hindu calendar month of Ashadh (June-July)
Adi Shankara, Sri Ramanuja Acharya and Sri Madhvacharya are some of the noteworthy Gurus in Hinduism.
Guru Purnima is also celebrated by Buddhists in the honor of Gautama Buddha to commemorate the day when Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, India.
A mantra that is specially used on this day is:
“Gururbrahmaa Gururvishnuh Gururdevo Maheswarah| Guruh-Saakshaat Parabrahma Tasmai Shrigurave Namah ||
It means that the Guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva), revere the Guru who is a manifestation of Parabrahma, the Supreme God.
Guru plays multi-dimensional roles in our lives and ultimately takes us to the path enlightenment. Now, let’s discuss the significance of a teacher or Guru in our lives.