Guru Purnima

MyTravaly_Logo  Michelle Singh Aulakh 04 Jul, 2023 6 mins read 33
Guru Purnima

A prominent Hindu holiday called Guru Purnima, sometimes called Vyasa Purnima, is celebrated to honour and give thanks to one's spiritual and intellectual teachers or gurus. It occurs on the day of the full moon in the June–July Hindu month of Ashadha. Guru Purnima will be celebrated on July 3rd, 2023. This holiday is celebrated with immense dedication and devotion and has great significance in many spiritual traditions.

On the day of Guru Purnima, people honour the gurus who have helped people on their spiritual journeys by imparting knowledge and wisdom.
The Sanskrit translation of the word "guru" is "dispeller of darkness." Gurus are regarded as the enlighteners who erase ignorance and guide their followers on the path to enlightenment. They are essential in determining their followers' intellectual and spiritual development.

The origins of Guru Purnima can be found in ancient times when the famous guru and author of the Mahabharata Sage Vyasa was born. In Hindu mythology, Vyasa is regarded as one of the greatest gurus. His wisdom and teachings are greatly revered, and spiritual searchers look to them as a guiding light. To honour his efforts and remember his birth, Guru Purnima is celebrated. The traditional worship of the guru's feet, known as "gurupaduka puja," usually starts up the festivities. As a sign of respect and devotion, devotees place flowers, incense, and other offerings at the feet of the guru.

In addition to the devotional rituals, Guru Purnima is celebrated with a number of satsangs (spiritual gatherings) when gurus impart their wisdom and knowledge to the followers. These lectures encourage people to have moral and fulfilling lives by deepening their grasp of spiritual truths. Along with the traditional ceremonies and preaching, Guru Purnima is a time for contemplation and self-reflection. It provides a chance for people to look at their own spiritual development and recommit to their spiritual practices. In order to strengthen their spiritual connection, many people practice fasting and engage in meditation and prayer.

People of many faiths and spiritual traditions celebrate Guru Purnima, which crosses religious borders. It's a day to recognize the value of mentors and teachers in one's life, whether they were spiritual, intellectual, or interpersonal. The festival places a strong emphasis on the value of education and the function of mentorship in the pursuit of self-realization and enlightenment.

Gurus frequently give lectures on subjects like the value of self-realization, the road to liberation, and the virtue of submitting to a guru. On their spiritual journeys, individuals might find inspiration and guidance in these teachings. Gurus may also relate stories from the scriptures and share useful advice that followers can use in their everyday life. 

Guru Purnima is also associated with the Guru Gita, a sacred text that praises the glory and greatness of the guru. Devotees recite or chant the Guru Gita as a form of meditation and worship. It is seen as an effective way to ask for the guru's blessings and strengthen one's spiritual connection.

The delicious rice pudding known as "kheer" is one meal that is frequently prepared on Guru Purnima. Kheer is presented to the gurus as a gesture of thanks because it is regarded as a symbol of abundance, prosperity, and sweetness. "Halwa," a delicious dessert made up of semolina, sugar, ghee (clarified butter), and various nuts and spices, is another typical meal served on Guru Purnima. 

During Guru Purnima, a variety of savory meals are also made in addition to sweet ones. These could include foods like roti or chapati, dal, sabzi, and pulao, a flavorful rice dish prepared with vegetables and spices. These foods serve as a complete and balanced meal, symbolizing nourishing both the body and the soul.

Wrapping up words

In conclusion, Guru Purnima in 2023 will be a day of adoration, thanks, and celebration of the guru-disciple bond. It is a moment to celebrate the knowledge and direction given by gurus and to show them the utmost respect. The celebration serves as a reminder of the value of learning new things, walking the righteous road, and developing a close spiritual bond. Guru Purnima is a cherished holiday that unites people in their search for knowledge and enlightenment. It serves as a reminder of the significant influence that gurus have had on our lives and inspires us to keep courageously and truthfully moving forward on the road to self-realization.

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Michelle Singh Aulakh
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