New Delhi: Gurus are often equated with God and are regarded as a link between the individual and the Immortal. Just as the moon shines by reflecting the light of the sun, and glorifies it, all disciples can dazzle like the moon by gaining from their Gurus.

The full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August) is observed as the auspicious day of Guru Purnima, a day sacred to the memory of the great sage Vyasa. All Hindus are indebted to this ancient saint who edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata. Vyasa even taught Dattatreya, who is regarded as the Guru of Gurus.

Significance of Guru Purnima

On this day, all spiritual aspirants and devotees worship Vyasa in honour of his divine personage and all disciples perform a 'puja' of their respective spiritual preceptor or 'Gurudevas'.

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

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-Shishya tradition is the oldest tradition in India and it was also the basis of our ancient Indian culture.People all our country worship 'Gurus' on this day. Disciples gather at the residence of their teachers which was called 'Ashrama' in old days and used to worship their teachers.

Guru Purnima is also known as Vyas Purnima as it is supposed that Lord Vedvyas started writing fifth Veda which is also known as Mahabharata on this auspicious day. Also writing of Brahma Sutra was started on this very day. Even gods came to worship Veda Vyas and since that day this day is observed as Vyas Purnima.


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