Guru Purnima is a day celebrated in India respecting all the teachers who strive hard to get the best kind of success for their students. In the Sanskrit language Gu means revere and Ru means darkness so Guru stands for one who dispels darkness. Guru Purnima falls in the Indian month of Ashaad and usually occurs in the months of July and August every year.
India is a land filled with a rich culture, and is a terrific knowledge hub of tradition, history, and innumerable legends. Teachers have been the core of Indian society and Guru as they are called are the most revered. Beginning with parents, the science of teaching took form of a regular pattern and the Guru slowly became an integral part of everyone’s life. Guru Purnima is thus an endorsement of our respect towards these people who shape our lives.
Guru Purnima the day is dedicated to the great Indian sage Vyasa. He is said to be the author of the Indian epic Mahabharata and also has written the Srimad Bhagawata. Sage Vyasa is said to be the guru of all gurus and the day is celebrated to revere his knowledge and to respect the teachings meted out to all the disciples.
This is a day of celebration and happiness for the farmers too as this day augments the beginning of the rains and signifies a lot of freshness and natural beauty. Knowledge is power and this day only gives an opportunity to all of us to revere our teachers and thank them for all the teachings they have imparted to us unconditionally.
Students usually go and visit their teachers on this day and in true Indian style touch the feet of their gurus and seek their blessings. Guru Purnima is a day to reflect upon our mistakes and to promise ourselves to rectify them. In earlier days gurus used to wander from place to place and settle down in one place and discuss the various Brahma Sutras composed by Sage Vyasa thus ushering in an ambience of spiritual and positive thoughts. Even today respecting this tradition various events and discussions are organised to this respect and people spend their time in good debates and discussions thus continuing the chain of knowledge and power in the world.
It is believed that if we share knowledge we beget knowledge so what better way to share it than be a part of the celebrations of Guru Purnima thus revering all our Gurus and also spreading the chain of knowledge in the world. Today July 12, as people celebrate the day, we as students can only understand the true value of education, teachers and the power we have called a good Guru.