HAPPY GURU PURNIMA : HOMAGE TO OUR GURU/ PREACHER/TEACHER
Bhagwad Gita has rightly said: Learn the Truth by approaching a spiritual master – the one who assists you in enlightening us. We can inquire from him with reverence and render service unto him. Such an enlightened Saint can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the Truth.
MY REVERED GURU : PARMAHANS PARAMDYAL NANGALI NIWASI
Guru Purnima is the most auspicious day
A sacred one of immense significance
Which is celebrated by us with great reverence
In the memory of our most venerated one
Termed as Guru or teacher or preacher
Who ensures our spiritual orientation
Thus show us the path of enlightenment
So that we may always follow righteous path
And not move away from the path of truth
And how best to follow the ethical and moral instructions
Given by our Gurus, the most venerable ones.
Word Guru, has two syllables
Gu and Ru
Gu stands for darkness or ignorance (Agyanta)
Which engulfs us when we’ve no control over our mind
Ru means remover of darkness or ignorance
Thus bestows us Love & Light of value so enormous.
Firstly Guru enters our psyche
Our potentials and weaker areas
Thence through suggestions
And enlightened guidance
Makes suggestion to make amendments needed
For effecting transformation
With heavy dose of love and affection
After guidance in abundance
At every step in our lives
The Guru controls the oars of our boat
And steers clear our boat from violent currents of time
And saves us from the incoming bad omens
Which may come without prior warning.
When we are utterly confused
When there is no way out
When everywhere we see dark clouds
When we’re in the state of immobility
When we need somebody
Who could provide us mobility
And thus remove the prevailing inactivity
From our midst
And provide us much needed succour
Assist us provide self-realization
Thus save us from the lurking foe
Which is around the horizon
Who can this bestow us guidance?
Except our most venerable one, o Thee Guru Ji.
Therefore, Guru is the One
Who helps us in removing darkness from within us
And infuses knowledge of immense importance
And bestows enlightenment (Prabodhann)
He has ocean of knowledge (Gyan)
Acquired through severe penance
For days, months and years on ends
Thence becomes a reservoir of knowledge (Gyan)
From whom even a drop of water
From His reservoir
Can change our destiny
Thus enlivening our lives
Thus making it more purposeful
Guru thus could be termed as a spiritual preacher
Who possesses awareness of highest order
Acquired with focused meditation and prayers.
Guru is a true Karma Yogi
Which He imbibes on the principles of Karma Yoga
Thus earned for Himself the category of most evolved
And enlightened soul
The purpose of whom is to enlighten His disciples
By transferring knowhow of highest order
Either through Yogic postures
Or through spiritual teachings
Bestow the traits of positive thinking
While following our spiritual oriented existence
While we are filled with sorrow and grief
With discontent writ large
He infuses spiritual longings of highest order
Along with making their disciples aware
About eternal reality or truth about God
Along with teaching what actually is the purpose of our existence
On this beautiful planet.
GURU PURNIMA : A RESPECTFUL HOMAGE TO OUR GURU/ PREACHER/TEACHER
Guru Purnima or Poornima which is a sacred day and has special significance since it is celebrated to remember our Guru who changes our destinies by imparting righteous knowledge which removes our ignorance from our midst.
This day is celebrated on the occasion of Poornima (When the moon is full). This day is commemorated in the name of our most revered one; our Guru or the Master who helps us acquire knowledge by removing ignorance. He inculcates in us the traits of forbearance, patience, enlightenment besides teaches us how best to remain balanced in any situation and condition.
A TRUE GURU IS A COMPETENT MASTER WHO REMOVES DARKNESS FROM OUR MIDST
The Guru infuses the traits which are beneficial for us when we are facing the onslaught of ill-omens. Our Guru’s insightful knowledge can deliver us from the difficult times and shows us the correct path of enlightenment.
A COMPETENT MASTER CAN TRANSFORM OUR LIFE
We can also learn how best to transform our lives by caring and sharing what we have – i.e. to be compassionate to others and fulfill the needs of needy ones. All these positive traits can only be taught by our Guru. He is the one who is aware about our potentials and drawbacks and focuses how best to remove our weaker areas through persuasions and suggestions.
GURU IMPORTS US KNOWLEDGE TO REMOVE OUR IGNORANCE FROM OUR MIDST
Our respected Guru is the one who imparts us knowledge and through the medium of knowledge. we can remove our ignorance and remove darkness. It is also a truth that Absolute Truth cannot be known merely through penance or contemplation. There should be a Competent Master, the one who could understand us ins and outs and make it possible to inculcate changes in us for our holistic growth and development. It is simply because we ourselves inculcate the traits of self-awareness wholly without the active assistance of our Spiritual Guru.
SIGNIFICANCE OF GURU IN VEDAS
Even Vedic scriptures tell us about the significance of our Guru. It tells us that we should service our Guru with purity of mind, remove doubts where there are the ones and ensure happiness by the knowledge imparted by the scriptures and for this our Guru could be of immense utility. But this knowledge comes to us only when we surrender to our Guru. By so doing, we can be liberated from the drawbacks and attachments we have cultivated in our life.
It is a fact that spiritual knowledge can make a world of difference in us. For acquiring knowledge, we have to perform our duty sincerely and even sacrifice our comforts. For acquiring know-how in order to remove ignorance from within us, we have to leave so many things to gain knowledge, the natural question that follows is, how can we obtain spiritual knowledge?
A TRUE GURU IMPARTS SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE TO US
A true Guru or a True Master, transfers the spiritual knowledge to remove ignorance or darkness which engulfs us. It should always be remembered that spiritual knowledge cannot be obtained through mechanical teaching which we learn from formal institutions. It is obtained through changing the mindset of an individual through the sincere efforts of a Guru or a preacher or a teacher who is knowledgeable and knows how best to impart the knowledge to the disciple in order to effect holistic growth in them. The disciples too were disciplined and used to have respect for their Gurus. Mother is considered to be the first Guru who helps his disciples to attain necessary knowledge and gain spiritual orientation in order to know the Absolute Truth
LORD SHIVA IS OUR GURU IF WE FOLLOW SPIRITUAL PATH IN OUR LIFE
- The significance of Guru is felt more since Lord Shiva is considered to be the first Guru (Aadi Guru). It is also important to say that His disciples were Seven Rishis of Sapta Rishis. It is also a considered fact that if we want to consider Lord Shiva as our Guru, we can perform the following:
We can perform Prana Prathishta on the Shiva Linga then we offer sincere prayer to Shiva to reside in that particula LINGA after performing Abhisekha to the Linga with water and then with milk and honey.
- Then we can offer offerings to the Linga.
- Then we can offer our sincerest prayers to Lord Shiva with a sincerest request to be your Guru with a promise that you will be the best disciple to Him.
By so doing, we can consider Lord Shiva to be our TRUE GURU and lead a spiritually oriented life. Be humble, following simple way of living, be compassionate to others while desisting from anger, greed, lust, bitterness, jealousy and all other negative traits which soil our life. By so doing, we can certainly have LORD SHIVA AS OUR GURU.