Guru Purnima - 2016

Guru Purnima - 2016

Guru Purnima / Vyasa Purnima / Aashaad Purnima / Maha Ashadi
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. 

 In 2016 Guru Purnima will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 19th.


In 2016 Guru Purnima will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 19th.

In 2017 Guru Purnima will be celebrated on Sunday, July 9th.

In 2018 Guru Purnima will be celebrated on Friday, July 27th.

In 2019 Guru Purnima will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 16th.

In 2020 Guru Purnima will be celebrated on Sunday, July 5th.

In 2015, Guru Purnima was be celebrated on  Friday, July 31st.

Guru Purnima is national wide festival which is dedicated towards the Guru in this world. Guru word is used for the teacher who teaches anything to a learner

We , Indians are proud of our vast culture. We give respect to our parents, teachers and nature as we are obliged to them for our existence and growth. The guru-shishya relationship was always a fundamental component of our culture. 

For example – Vishwamita-Sri Ram, Sri Krishn-Arjun, Dronacharya-Arjun, Dronacharya-Eklavya, Parshuram-Karna, Chanakya- Chandragupt and Ram Krishna Paramhansa- Vivekanand are some examples of the Guru-Shishya parampara.

Meaning of ‘Guru’

* GURU is a Sanskrit word.

* As a noun the word ‘Guru’ means the imparter of knowledge.

* As an adjective the word ‘Guru’means 'heavy,' or 'weighty,' in the sense of "heavy with knowledge,"  heavy with spiritual wisdom, "heavy with spiritual weight," "heavy with the good qualities of scriptures and realization," or "heavy with a wealth of knowledge."

* The word ‘Guru’ has its roots in the Sanskrit gri (to invoke, or to praise), and may have a connection to the word gur, meaning 'to raise, lift up, or to make an effort.

* The word ‘Guru’ is made from - gu (meaning"darkness") and ru (meaning 'to push away').

* That means ‘Guru’ enlightens us by his knowledge and teachings.
Guru Poornima is such a festival when we celebrate to pay respect to our gurus.

* Guru Purnima is also known as Vyasa Purnima and this day is commemorated as birth anniversary of Maharshi Ved  Vyasa also it is the day  he divided the Vedas.

Veda Vyasa was the author as well as a character in the great Hindu epic Mahabharata. 

* Vyasa is regarded as the first guru in hinduism. 

* Vyasa completed writing, editing and compiling the four Vedas. On this  day  he edited the four Vedas and systematically divided them into four parts – Rig, Sam, Yajur and Atharva Veda. He also wrote the eighteen Puranas and the Bhagavad Geeta – the thrilling and devotional story of Sri Krishna. He also wrote  Srimad Bhagavatam. 

 * Apart from that he composed Upapuranas and Vyas Samhita. He also has the credit of composing the authentic treatise of Brahma-sootras to explain the background of Vedas. The students of Vedas thus express their gratitude to the great sage on this day. 

** Vyasa even taught Dattatreya, who is regarded as the Guru of Gurus.

* On this day, sacred to the memory of the great sage, Bhagavan Sri Vyasa, Sannyasins settle at some place to study and discourse on the thrice-blessed Brahma Sutras composed by Maharishi Vyasa, and engage themselves in Vedantic, philosophical investigation.
Sri Vyasa has done unforgettable service to humanity for all times by editing the four Vedas,writing the eighteen Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata. In honour of this divine personage, all spiritual aspirants and devotees perform Vyasa Puja on this day, and disciples worship their spiritual preceptor. Saints, monks and men of God are honoured and entertained with acts of charity by all the householders with deep faith and sincerity.


* The period 'Chaturmas' ("four months") begins from this day. 
In the past, wandering spiritual masters and their disciples used to settle down at a place to study and discourse on the Brahma Sutras composed by Vyasa, and engage themselves in Vedantic discussions.


* 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.


गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुः गुरुर्देवो महेश्‍वरः ।
गुरु साक्षात्‌ परब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरुवे नमः ॥

{ Salutations to that guru, who is the Creator, Sustainer,
and Destroyer and who indeed is the limitless Brahman }

Guru is Brahman, the Absolute, or God Himself. He guides and inspires you from the innermost core of your being. He is everywhere. Have a new angle of vision. Behold the entire universe as the form of the Guru. See the guiding hand, the awakening voice, the illuminating touch of the Guru in every object in this creation.

 The best form of worship of the Guru is to follow his teachings, to shine as the very embodiment of his teachings, and to propagate his gloryand his message.

It is a good time to begin your spiritual lessons. Traditionally, spiritual seekers commence to intensify their spiritual 'sadhana' from this day.

This day is of deep significance to the farmers, for it heralds the setting in of the much-needed rains, as the advent of cool showers usher in fresh life in the fields. 


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