Guru Purnima Tribute
Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu
Gurur Devo Maheshwarah
Guru Saakshaata Parabrahma
Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah
The true meaning of the word ‘Guru’ is “one who dispels the darkness of ignorance”. ‘Gu’ means ‘darkness’ and ‘Ru’ means ‘one who removes’. The Guru resembles the trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Guru is like Brahma-the creator. He creates or inculcates knowledge in the minds of the disciple. Guru is like Vishnu – the preserver. He maintains or preserves the knowledge in the disciple. Guru is like Shiva-the destroyer. Guru removes the darkness of ignorance from the disciple’s mind. Guru is hence the manifestation of the Para Brahma (the supreme essence) within all of us. I offer my respects to the Guru.
Paying gratitude to a guru is like paying gratitude to truth, knowledge and invaluable experiences.
The day of full moon, Purnima, in the month of Ashadh is traditionally celebrated as Guru Purnima. A guru is like the moon who does not have any light of its own but draws the energy and light from the supreme soul. Unlike other full moon nights the moon in the month of Ashadh is surrounded by clouds as is a guru is surrounded by His/Her disciples.
Also known as Vyas Purnima, the day is celebrated in remembrance and veneration to sage Ved Vyas. He is the Adi (original) Guru of the Hindu Sanatan Dharma, who classified the Vedas, wrote the eighteen Puranas and the Mahabharat. The celebration or the observance of Guru Purnima was first done by the disciples of Vyas. The observance expanded beyond the constraints of Vyas and became known as Guru Purnima. Guru Purnima is the day when one expresses his gratitude to his/her Guru.
A guru is a personified phenomenon of total bliss. Amma is the one who liberates us and with whom we are in deep love, faith and reverence. Amma is a guru with a presence. Through Her one will have the first glimpse of divinity. Amma creates, transforms and gives a new birth to a seeker so that with complete trust one can follow Her while traveling through many unknown paths and doors and opening many unknown locks. Through Amma one can look into one’s own future and can be aware of his or her own destiny.
The world has become a richer place by the very presence of enlightened masters like Amma. A guru gives the seeker a glimpse of the real, not a teaching, but an awakening. The guru is not a teacher, the guru is an awakener. A guru means one who has gravitation – Amma is a tremendous magnet who has the power to pull you inwards.
A connection with Amma is the relationship of the soul and the greatest of all the relationships. She is the end of this world and the beginning of the next. She is the gate. The relationship between a guru and a disciple is one of the greatest mysteries of existence. The guru is a presence and that presence is immensely nourishing.
True disciplehood is dissolving into the love and the divine presence of Amma and becoming one with Her heartbeats. It is the opening up to receive the grace of Amma, becoming vulnerable to Her presence, dropping resistance, all defense measures, all armor and with full faith.
Guru Purnima has a true spiritual meaning and relevance for a disciple. It is the day of expressing one’s love and devotion for Amma.
Koti Koti Pranams to the Lotus Feet of Her Holiness and Divine Mother, Amma Sri Karunamayi on this Special Guru Purnima Day.
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