On this special day, the occasion of Guru Poornima, the auspicious festival celebrated by many people, especially the Hindus, Jains and Buddhists on the land of Bharath, I would like to write about the auspiciousness of this day.
What is Guru Poornima? How did it came into existence and when was it? Why was it started? Why is it so auspicious? How is it celebrated by the masses?
These might be a few questions which would knock the doors of your brain, if you are new to this. If you are one among those who know the importance of this day, I would like to here it from you in the comment section below and I would be glad if you could correct me if I have written something wrong, as I am writing what my little brain is aware of and to what extent I could make sense out of it.😃
The entire house was decorated like a bride. The beautiful rangoli filled with bright colours at the entrance welcomed the guests. The door was adorned with festoon made of fresh mango leaves. The fragrance of these mango leaves and the flower garlands added to the festival scene. The little girl, Ghana was happy to see her house decorated so beautifully, which was located midst the city.
With her small feet, taking small steps she moved all around the house, searching for someone. She went to the kitchen, all the ladies were cooking delicious food in a very hygienic way than any other day, as it was supposed to be served for the sages and monks. She didn’t find her there either. She moved to hall, found a photo in front of which a plate of fruits were kept, sacred books were arranged and few more things required for a pooja(prayer). Finally she found her, with her small hands she closed her granny’s eyes from behind. With great affection, calling out her name, granny gave a warm hug to her grand daughter.
Why is our house decorated like this, is its birthday today? -The innocent Ghana was eager to know.
No my dear, with a smile on her face the granny explained – It is Guru Poornima today. It’s a festival celebrated by us in the month of Ashada, on a full moon day, to show gratitude to our Gurus. It’s a very good day to start your learning.
Whose photo is that? Is he a guru?
Yes my child, he is Veda Vyasa, he is the one who classified the four vedas. This day is also called as Vyasa Poornima and it is believed that he was born on this day. Not only that, it is also believed that he had started writing Brahma Sutras on Ashada shudha padyami, which ends on this day.
Having known the importance of the day Ghana offered worship with great devotion and started her learning on this day.
Far away free from the traffic and pollution of the city, in a small village lived a young man helping his father, a farmer.
It’s a great day son, let’s go to the field early.
What’s special about this day father?
Son, this day is very significant for all farmers. It brings monsoon, the clouds showers open heartedly. As the every drop of it falls on our fields, which is the source of our living, a new life takes birth. Our brown fields turn into prosporous green land.
Like the moon which reflects light observed by the sun, a Guru gives the knowledge of life to his disciples. The spiritual seekers commence their practices on this day. Aspirants take Sanyas on this day, because of its auspiciousness.
Karuna was in her Bharatnatyam class. She was practicing with her friends. As her Guru entered, all of them bowed in front of her, offered fruits and flower, following the guru-shishya parampara, on this auspicious day. Similarly in schools and colleges, students offer prayer to their gurus, on this day.
Om reached his yoga class, a pooja was arranged. He was surprised.
What is this pooja for,Master?
This day marked, as the transmission of yoga to the Saptarishis by Adiyogi, Shiva, who became the first guru. It’s a very auspicious day in Yogic tradition.
They started their yogic practices after offering prayer to the first Guru, Shiva.
This day is special to Buddhists too, as Lord Buddha delivired his first sermon, Dhammacakkappavattana Sutra to his five disciples. Buddhists observe uposatha (observe eight precepts) and Vipasanna meditators practice meditation under the guidance of their guru on this fortunate day.
This day is observed as Treenok Guha Poornima in Jain tradition as well, marking the piousness of this day.
Thus, Guru Poornima is celebrated in various way in different parts of the world. In the area where I stay, it is celebrated by offering prayer to God, bhajan programs are organised too, wherein they welcome everyone who posses interest to celebrate, special poojas, havans are conducted in temples, group mediations are observed, since there will be abundant flow of cosmic energy on this day and also a few nature lovers have organised seedball dibbing event (I’ll be talking more about this in future posts) to make land more green and filled with pure air for betterment of life. I believe that one of the best ways to celebrate this day would be to start living your life with all the virtues taught by great Gurus, following the path of Dharma.
I would like to hear it from you, the way you are celebrating this day or the way it is being celebrated in your locality. Do share it in the comment section below 🙂
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