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Guru Purnima – Celebrating The Light Of Knowledge

Guru Purnima is an auspicious day for all seekers. It is the most auspicious day in the year to celebrate the light of knowledge and wisdom. It is a day where we can take an important step towards our goal of achieving knowledge of the Self and meditation. On Guru Purnima, we should meditate and seek the light of knowledge to get rid of the darkness of ignorance.

Each day of the year, we celebrate the Dawn Of Knowledge by thanking our ancestors and ancestors from the past. But what about the future? Where do we go from here? We can only hope that we continue to learn about the universe.

Guru Purnima is celebrated throughout India as an opportunity to respect those who give us knowledge and meaning. On this day, people celebrate the merits of teachers, gurus and mentors who lead them out of the darkness of ignorance into the light of knowledge and wisdom. Purnima means full moon. The full moon day which falls in the month of Ashadha (June-July) is celebrated as Guru Purnima.

When is Guru Purnima 2021?

In 2021, Guru Purnima’s day falls on the 24th. July, a Saturday.

Purnima Tithi Timings on Guru Purnima Day 2021

Sunrise July 24, 2021 05:58 AM.
Sunset July 24, 2021, 7:08 PM.
Beginning of Purnima Titha July 23, 2021, 10:43 AM.
End of Purnima Titha July 24, 2021 08:06 AM.

This day is also known as Vyasa Purnima because it is the birth day of Veda Vyasa, the great sage and poet, author of the epic Mahabharata. This day is also called Gyaan Purnima, because on this day the spread of knowledge and wisdom among people is celebrated.
Guru Purnima Day is also an important event for Buddhists, Jains and the Sikh community. Buddhists believe that Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon on that day in Sarnath. This event is celebrated as Buddha Purnima. Jains celebrate this day as Trinok Guru Purnima. For them, this is the day when Lord Mahavira found his first disciple. On Guru Purnima, the Sikhs honor their ten spiritual gurus.

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Meaning of Guru Purnima

The word Guru is a combination of the sounds Gur and Ru. Gur means darkness and Ru means light. The word guru therefore refers to the person who draws you out of the darkness of ignorance into the light of knowledge. It is through this elevation of the senses and enlightenment of the soul that one goes to moksha. In this way, the guru essentially leads you out of the cycle of births and rebirths in the material world into the final moksha in the spiritual world. Guru Purnima symbolizes the important role of teachers in our lives.
According to Vedic culture, the guru is the one who enlightens a person’s soul and eliminates the fear of the unknown and the inertia of ignorance. It is believed that our Guru is located in the Vishuddha chakra in the throat and awakens when we surrender to our higher self. With the celebration of Guru Purnima, we are following a long history and tradition of placing Gurus on the same pedestal as the gods. This day is dedicated to the teachers and mentors who gave knowledge and meaning to our lives and made our lives worthwhile.

The story behind Guru Purnima

According to the Vedic texts, Lord Shiva is considered the first Guru or Adi Guru. He passed on the knowledge of yoga to Saptarishi on the day of Purnima in the month of Ashadha. Since then, this day is called Guru Purnima. In Buddhist culture, Guru Purnima is considered the birth day, death day and enlightenment day of Lord Buddha.
According to Buddhism, the day of birth coincides with the day on which one attains Bodhi or enlightenment. And the day one attains bodhi or enlightenment coincides with the day of the first sermon. Guru Purnima is therefore identical to Buddha Purnima in Buddhist culture.

Rituals and celebrations of Guru Purnima

Guru Purnima is celebrated in India and other countries like Nepal, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Malaysia, where Vedic culture has had an influence in the distant past. Various rituals associated with the celebration of Guru Purnima are common in Vedic and Buddhist cultures.
On Guru Purnima, believers take a bath and put on new clothes, pray and pay homage to their Gurus. Diksha is offered and people read Guru Shloka. If the guru is no longer alive, a photograph or portrait of the guru is used. Devotees also worship Maharishi Vyasu and make offerings to Sri Madhvacharya, Adi Shankara, and Sri Ramanuja Acharya, who are revered as maha teachers in Vedic culture.
Devotees perform Vyas Puja and recite mantras and hymns. The Guru Gita, a sacred text, is also recited in memory of the Maha Guru. Recitation of mantras is also done, according to norms, in remembrance of the Guru. The performance of Guru Purnima Puja and Yajna in temples and homes brings blessings to the devotees of Guru. On this day there is fasting and a yogic sadhana and meditation.
Buddhists worship Lord Buddha on this day and pay homage to him by visiting his shrines. The Uposatha ritual is performed and the followers listen to the eight teachings of the Buddha. Many consider this the ideal day to begin a life dedicated to meditation and ascetic practices. Flowers, incense, candles, milk and diya are offered by priests, monks and nuns to the idols of Lord Buddha. The devotees are dressed in white robes. Khir is prepared and served as prasad.

According to the Hindu calendar, Guru Purnima also marks the beginning of Chaturma. Chaturmesh is a period of four months beginning with Ashadha and is considered sacred by the devotees. During this period they devoted almost all their time to religious activities, engaged in special studies and observed various ascetics. As mentioned earlier, Guru Purnima’s day is also a day to enlighten the mind and soul with the light of knowledge. As a sign of gratitude, it is customary on this day to decorate the houses by lighting the traditional lamps.

Jupiter and Guru Purnima

In Vedic astrology, the planet Jupiter is called the Guru and represents the virtues of knowledge, wisdom and intellect. Guru or Jupiter is considered the most auspicious planet in Vedic astrology. Although Guru Purnima Day primarily refers to the teachers and mentors who brought humanity out of the darkness of ignorance and fear, the planet Jupiter plays an important role in the celebration of this day.
Guru Purnima is held on the full moon day of the month of Ashadha. This occurs after the summer solstice, when sunlight reaches its peak in the annual calendar and begins its journey south to the winter solstice. For Earth, it means that the planet is in the phase of acceptance where it is open to receive the merits of other planets. In other words, it is an ideal time to receive knowledge or wisdom from the Guru, who is the planet Jupiter.
Why Jupiter? During the month of Ashadha, the Sun is either in the last degrees of Gemini or in the sign of Cancer. In both cases it is under the strong influence of Jupiter. Meanwhile, the moon is in Sagittarius. Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius. In short, during Guru Purnima, both the Sun and Moon are influenced by the virtues of Jupiter. Moreover, this combination should take place in the month of Ashadha, because Ashadha Nakshatra is meant for granting Moksha or liberation.
From a more scientific point of view, Jupiter is another interesting place for interstellar travel. To escape the grip of the sun’s gravity and reach the outer planets, spacecraft use Jupiter’s gravity to propel themselves to the outer reaches of the solar system. And the Vedic literature says that the guidance of a guru is necessary to reach God!

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