The month of Ashad Purnima in the Hindu calendar is celebrated as Guru Purnima day. As Ved Vyasa was born on this day, it is also called Vyasa Purnima.
Any full moon day could have been chosen to be dedicated to offering tribute to the guru. Why is only the full moon that falls in Ashad chosen for Guru puja? Even Sharad Purnima could have been dedicated to celebrate Guru Purnima.
On Sharad Purnima, the full, brightly lit moon is alone in the sky and that night, the sky is crystal clear and everything is distinctly visible.
But the moon of Ashad maas is not alone, because the sky is also laden with clouds, since it is the rainy season. So, the moon plays hide-and-seek with the nimbus. Sometimes we can behold the moon and sometimes, clouds fill the firmament.
Here we compare guru with the moon. The momentousness of a guru is not in isolation. His distinction is entwined with his disciples like the Ashad Purnima’s spectacle is cherished due to the clouds that surround the moon.
Disciples cluster around the guru on Guru Purnima just like the clouds surround the moon.
As a guru dispels darkness of ignorance, he could also be associated with the sun. But there is more importance to the analogy of equating guru with the moon because the moon has no light of its own.
We know that the rays of the Sun fall on the moon which deflects those rays and lights up the nights for us. Likewise, a guru, too, does not possess any personal prowess.
He only rebounds the power of God to the universe. He transmits the luminosity of God to us. Also, one cannot behold the Sun directly. The intensity of its brilliance is blinding.
If you look at it for a while your eyes get dilated and you start seeing a black spot instead of the Sun. But you can easily witness and soak in the calming impact of the Sun’s rays with your physical eyes when the same rays are reflected by the moon.
Similarly, one cannot behold Paramatma directly. But in the form of a genuine guru, one can experience a glimpse of Paramatma being mirrored.
It is the same radiance of Paramatma, made easy to experience through a guru like the blazing sunlight becomes cool when transmitted through the moon. When we immerse ourselves in a true guru’s illumination, our lives become full of peace and tranquillity.
The world carries on with the strength of a guru’s knowledge. The disciple who receives the grace of his guru, is inundated with blessings through his life. The Upanishads say,‘Yatha Devai, thatha Gurau’.
Krishna says to Uddhav in the Bhagavatam: nr-deham adyam sulabham sudurlabham plavam sukalpam guru-karnadharam mayanuklena nabhasvateritam puman bhavabdhim na taret sa atma-ha.
Uddhav, human life is precious and difficult to get but I have made it easy for you. It is like a boat to cross the bhavasindu, the ocean of life. Treat this human life as a boat and hand the oar to a Sadhguru (Guru karana dharam).
If you try to row it yourself, you may or may not be able to reach ashore. But if you hand the oar to a Sadhguru, then neither you or even the Sadhguru needs to do anything. I will blow the conducive winds of my grace in such a manner that the boat will automatically reach the shore.
Kabirdas has sung the praise of a guru thus: ‘So din kaisa hoyega jab guru gahenge baah aur apna kar baitayenge hame charan kamal ke chau.’
Imagine how that day would be, when a guru takes hold of your hand and accepting you as his very own, he makes you sit at the lotus feet of Paramatma!
Gurudev treads the earth with a singular goal and that is to aid us to reach that divine source. And there is a great significance about guru paduka.
The shastras say: Anantha samsara Samudra thara naukayakabhyam, guru bhakthidabhyam. Vairagya samrajya poojanabhaym, namo namah Sri Guru padukabhyam
Padukas are a boat to row through the samsara and devotion to guru is the path for deliverance.
A Sadhguru is like a candle. He consumes himself to light your path in the sense that his own sadhana benefits you to evolve spiritually.
Hence, guru puja is a day for showing gratitude to his kindness and magnanimity.
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