Significance of Guru Purnima
February 3, 2011 Comments Off
Significance of Guru Purnima
Sankaram Sankaracharyam Kesavam Badarayanam
Sutra-Bhashya-Kritau Vande Bhagavantau Punah Punah
I adore Lord Siva, Lord Vishnu, Bhagavan Vyasa and Sri Sankaracharya.
I again and again prostrate to Sri Vyasa who wrote the Vedanta Sutras, and to Sri
Sankaracharya who wrote the commentaries thereon
The full-moon day in the month of Ashada [June-July] is the extremely auspicious and holy day of Guru-Purnima. On this Ashada Purnima
[full-moon] Day, sacred to the memory of the great sage Sri Vyasa
Bhagavan or Sri Krishna Dvaipayana, Sannyasins settle at some place to
study, do Vedantic Vichara, and discourse on the thrice-blessed Brahma
Sutras composed by Maharshi Vyasa.
Sri Veda-Vyasa has done unforgettable service to all humanity for all time by editing the four
Vedas, writing the eighteen Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Bhagavata.
We can attempt to repay this deep debt of gratitude we owe him only by
constant study of his works and practice of his teachings imparted for
the regeneration of humanity in the iron age or Kali Yuga.
In honour of this divine personage, all Sadhakas [seekers] and devotees
perform Vyasa Puja on this day; aspirants worship their Guru. Mahatmas
and Sadhus are honoured and entertained, and acts of charity done by all
Grihastis [householders] with deep faith and sincerity.
Chaturmasa [four months of austerities ] for Sannyasins [renunciates] begins from
this day. Sannyasins stay in one place during the rainy season for four
months, study the Brahma Sutras, and practise meditation.
Significance Of The Guru-Purnima Day
Mark fully the deep significance of this great day. Ashada Purnima heralds the Chaturmasa, or the setting in of the eagerly awaited
rains. The water, drawn up and stored as clouds in the hot summer, now
manifests in plentiful showers that usher in the advent of fresh life
everywhere. Even so do you all begin seriously to put into actual
working all the theory and philosophy that you have stored up in you
through patient study. Commence practical spiritual Sadhana
[practice/path] right from this day. Generate fresh waves of
spirituality. Let all that you have read, heard, seen and learnt become,
through Sadhana, transformed into a continuous outpouring of universal
love, ceaseless loving service and continuous prayer and worship of the
Lord seated in all beings.
Live on milk and fruits on this day and practise rigorous Japa [repetition of a sacred word ] and Dhyana
[contemplation]. Study the Brahma Sutras and do some lakhs of Japa
(Anushthana or Purascharana) of your Guru Mantra or Ishta Mantra, during
the Chaturmasa. You will be highly benefited.
As the day of Guru-Puja or worship of one’s preceptor this is a day of pure joy to the
sincere aspirant. Thrilled by the expectation of offering his reverent
homage to the beloved Guru, aspirant awaits this occasion with eagerness
and devotion. It is the Guru alone that breaks the binding cords of
attachment and releases the aspirant from the trammels of earthly
existence. The Sruti says: “To that high-souled aspirant, whose devotion
to the Lord is great and whose devotion to his Guru is as great as that
to the Lord, these secrets explained, become illuminated.” Guru is
Brahman or Isvara Himself. He guides and inspires you from the innermost
core of your being. He is everywhere.
Behold The Entire Universe As Guru-Svarupa
Have a new angle of vision. Behold the entire universe as Guru-Svarupa. See
the guiding hand, the awakening voice, the illumining touch of the Guru
in every object in this Creation. The whole world will now stand
transformed before your changed vision. The Virat Guru will reveal all
the precious secrets of life and bestow wisdom. The Supreme Guru,
manifest in visible Nature, will teach you the most valuable lessons of
life. Worship daily this Guru of Gurus, the Guru who taught even Avadhuta
Dattatreya. The silent all-enduring earth with its lofty
forbearance, the shady fruit-bearing tree with its willing
self-sacrifice, the mighty fig tree (Pipal) reposing with patience in
the tiny seed, the dripping drops whose persistence wears away the
rocks, the planets and the seasons with their orderly punctuality and
regularity are divine Gurus to him who will look, listen and receive.
Purify And Progress
Become a personification of receptivity. Empty yourself of your petty ego-sense.
All the treasures locked up in the bosom of Nature will become yours!
You will have progress and perfection in an amazingly short time. Become
pure and unattached as the mountain breeze. As the river flows
continuously, steadily and constantly towards its goal, the ocean, by
moving every moment of your life towards the Supreme State of
Existence-Knowledge-Bliss, let all your thoughts, all your words, all
your actions be directed only towards the Goal.
The moon shines by reflecting the dazzling light of the sun. It is the full-moon of
Purnima-Day that reflects in full splendour the glorious light of the
sun. It glorifies the sun. Purify yourself through the fire of service
and Sadhana, and like the full moon, reflect the glorious Light of the
Atman. Become the full reflectors of Brahmic splendour, the Light of
lights. Make this your goal, to become a living witness to Divinity, the
brilliant Sun of suns!
Tat Tvam Asi
Brahman or the Supreme Self alone is real. He is the Soul of all. He is All in all. He is the Essence of this universe. He
is the Unity that never admits of a duality under all the varieties and
diversities of nature. Thou art this immortal, all-pervading,
all-blissful Brahman. Thou art That—Tat
Tvam Asi. Realise this and be free.
Remember the four important verses of the Brahma Sutras: (i) Atha-Ato Brahma-Jijnasa—Now, therefore, the enquiry into
Brahman. (ii) Janmadyasya Yatah—From
which proceed the origin, etc. (iii) Sastra-Yonitvat—The
scriptures being the means of right knowledge. (iv) Tat Tu Samanvayat—But that because It
is the main support.
Now sing: Jaya Guru Siva Guru Hari Guru Ram,
Jagad-Guru Param Guru Sat-Guru Syam.
Remember and adore Sri Vyasa and the Brahma-Vidya Gurus. May their blessings be upon you all! May you
all cut asunder the knot of Avidya and shine as blessed Jivanmuktas,
shedding peace, joy and light everywhere!
Source: Significance of The Holy Guru-Purnima Day By Swami Sivananda
Tags: austerity, contemplation, guru, perspective, purity, receptivity, renunciate, sacred word,spiritual
path, Supreme Self
for meanings of Sanskrit words in the text