Gurupoornima is consider as a holy day dedicated to the spiritual teacher (Guru) . The date for Guru purnima for Hindus have very much importance of their spiritual gurus in their lives. Gurus are often equated with God and always regarded as a link between the individual and the Immortal. Guru poornima 2017 for this year falls on July 9. Gurupurnima tithi will begin at 7:31 AM on July 8 and will end at 9:36 AM on July 9.
What is Guru Poornima?
The Full Moon Day in the hindu month of Ashadha (June-July) of the Shaka Samvat (as it is known in the Hindu calendar of India and Nepal) is known as Guru Purnima. Guru Purnima is an Indian and Nepalese festival dedicated to spiritual and academic Teacher (Guru). This festival is traditionally celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists, to show their respects to their teachers and express their gratitude and respect.
The word Guru is derived from two words, gu and ru. The Sanskrit root gu means darkness or ignorance, and ru denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore, a Guru is one who removes the darkness of our lives. Gurus are believed by many people to be the most necessary part of life.
How it is celebrated
On this day, disciples offer puja (worship) or pay respect to their Guru (spiritual guide).They perform puja (worship) and apply roli(teeka) and rice on the forehead of their Guru. Then they offer Gurudakshina to their Guru and take blessings by worshiping the lotus feet of your Guru, or his image or picture with flowers, fruits, incense, and camphor.
Gurudakshina is consider as a very important thing as it is a part of Indian Hinduism culture and tradition. Gurudakshina refers to the tradition of repaying one’s teacher or Guru after a period of study or the completion of formal education, or to spiritual guide. This tradition is one of acknowledgment, respect, and thanks. It is a form of reciprocity and exchange between student and teacher. The repayment is not exclusively monetary and may be a special task the teacher wants the student to accomplish. Indian academics celebrate this day by thanking their teachers as well as remembering past teachers and scholars.
Importance of Guru and their Advices
‘Gu’ means Guhya or darkness and ‘Ru’ means remover or alleviator. He who removes our ignorance and makes our life happy, comfortable, enlightened and blessed is our guru or guide. A Guru is consider as a link between the the individuals(people) and the Immortal(God). For, the true Indian knows that the Guru is the only guarantee for the individual to transcend the bondage of sorrow and death, and experience the Consciousness of the Reality.”
Anybody and anything – from a friend, relative, teacher, boss, good book, a cd etc to religious n spiritual master can be our guru. Our personal Gods or almighty himself can become our guide if we sincerely wish and pray for.
Guru Poornima wishes with images: