Guru Poornima – Day of Great-Fullness

HH Sri Sri Ravishankar

 ध्यानमूलं गुरुर्मूर्तिः पूजामूलं गुरुर्पदम् ।

मन्त्रमूलं गुरुर्वाक्यं मोक्षमूलं गुरूर्कृपा ॥

Dhyana Moolam Guru Murti, Puja Moolam Gurur Padam,
Mantra Moolam Gurur Vakyam, Moksha Moolam Guru Kripa

The very form of Guru is the root of Meditation, Guru’s feet, the root of worship. Guru’s words forms the root of Mantras and Grace of Guru the root of Liberation ,says Sage Vyasa

Today, July 3rd 2012 is Purnima, the full-moon day in the month of Ashada, the fourth month in the traditional Lunar Hindu Calendar observed as Guru Purnima. This day is dedicated to Maharishi Ved Vyasa, who has rendered invaluable service to Humankind by writing down four Vedas, Eighteen Puranas, the Mahabharata and Bhagavata.

Sage Veda Vyasa
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The Supreme knowledge that was being passed on orally from the memory of the great Masters was for the first time compiled and written down by Maharishi Ved Vyasa. He had retired to a secluded place, inaccessible even to his closest disciples, and entered into deepest possible state of meditation. From that space of consciousness, he wrote down the great teachings of the Saints of yesteryugas. After recording the Supreme Knowledge on Bhoja Patra (Birch Tree bark and leaves), Maharishi Ved Vyas emerged out and appeared to his disciples on this auspicious day of Ashada Purnima. Hence, this day is dedicated and celebrated by Spiritual Seekers as Vyasa Purnima.

The greatest form of gratitude any Sadhak (spiritual seeker) can offer to a Master is by constantly studying and practising the teachings of such enlightened souls.

His Holiness Pujya Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar ji Founder of The Art of Living Foundation says,

Guru Purnima is the day when the disciple wakes up in his fullness and in the wakefulness he can’t be but grateful. This gratitude is not of dwaita (you and me), but of advaita. It is not a river moving from somewhere to somewhere, but is the ocean moving within itself. So, gratefulness on Guru-Purnima symbolizes that fullness.

For a seeker, Guru Purnima is a day of significance, is a day of New Year. It is the day to review one’s progress on the spiritual path and renew one’s determination and focus on the goal, and to resolve what one wants to do in the coming year. As the full moon rises and sets, tears of gratitude arise and repose into the vastness of one’s own self.”

You can read more on this on the official HH Sri Sri ‘s blog page here :

As Saint Kabir says:

Guru dhobi Shisha kapada,sabuna sirjana hara;

surati sila para dhoikai, nikasai joti apara.

Master is the washer man, disciple the garment, and Creator Himself is the soap; when the clothes are beaten on the stone of divine reflection, they shine out bright and clean.

Sri Guru Gita describes Guru as follows

गुकारस्त्वन्धकारश्च रुकारस्तेज उच्यते । 

अज्ञानग्रासकं ब्रह्म गुरुरेव न संशयः ॥

Guru is that which leads from darkness to light represents Guru. Gu – Darkness and Ru = Light. Guru thus is one who dispels darkness of ignorance with luminescence of Knowledge.

Gu refers to ‘guna teetha’, which means ‘beyond attribute’, i.e with any Gunas (qualities, characteristics, attributes, tendencies or traits). A classic example for understanding this was given by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar.

Electricity when supplied to a fan results in breeze, when supplied to a motor results in rotation, when supplied to a bulb results in light, when provided to a stove results in heat and when provided to air-conditioner results in chillness. Can we now call electricity as breeze, heat, chillness or light? No way.

If you call Electricity as heat, the Refrigerator may not concur and if you call it light, the Fan may not concur. While Electricity is in all these appliances, the reverse is not true – the appliances are not in Electricity. It is the same with Guru tatva (Principle). It is present in all the attributes and yet is beyond the attributes – “Guna teeta”

Today is the day, when we express our gratitude to all the Masters of the past, present and the future ones – who walked this planet. Not Master in HIS physical form but the Guru Principle that transcends the form.

||Jai Gurudev||

12 thoughts on “Guru Poornima – Day of Great-Fullness

  1. Dinesh Parikh July 3, 2012 / 1:55 pm

    Om Guruveh Namah …… “Dhyana mulam gurormurtiH puja mulam guroH padam mantra mulam gurorvakyam moksha mulam guroH kripa”
    Guru’s murti/idol/body is the object of meditation, his feet the objects of worship, his words the objects of chanting. All this is because in his grace lies the source of liberation.

  2. kalyanioswal July 3, 2012 / 1:59 pm

    ……. Lovely 🙂 jai gurudev

  3. muniraj July 3, 2012 / 2:06 pm

    ध्यानमूलं गुरुर्मूर्तिः पूजामूलं गुरुर्पदम् ।

    मन्त्रमूलं गुरुर्वाक्यं मोक्षमूलं गुरूर्कृपा ॥……………jai gurudev

  4. jigyasu July 3, 2012 / 2:55 pm

    Reminds me of a beautiful poem by Poojya Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji

    You Never know
    how And When
    The Existence Will Start
    Using You For Its Purpose

    You Never Know
    How And When
    You Will Be Filled With
    And You Will Start Raining
    Quenching The Thirst of Many

    You Never Know
    How And When
    You Will Be Full Of
    Fruits And Shade
    And Travelers Will Take
    Shelter And Food From You

    You Never Know
    How And When
    You Will Be Full With
    Love And Light
    And You Will Start Spreading
    The Fragrance of Beauty To Everyone

    You Never Know
    How And When
    The Death Will Come
    And Make You Deathless
    And Life Will Start
    Flowing Out Of You

    You Never Know
    How & When….Really !

  5. Chhavi Methi July 3, 2012 / 3:02 pm

    yes .. guru just comes and guides you .. u dont plan it .. but it happens !

  6. M K July 3, 2012 / 3:03 pm

    The form of the Guru is so beautiful because He fully reflects the formless totality. The wise say that there is no difference in the Guru, God and Self. I am very fortunate to have a living Guru. Its only after meeting Him, that i am gaining an understanding of God and Self.

  7. Dr Shuvani Billimoria July 3, 2012 / 7:27 pm

    Have had 6/6 eyesight for all these yrs but vision only aftr SriSri . Same life,work,routine but somehow aftr mrng sadhana the same feels different. Thank u Gurudev or would hv died or boredom now I live a new dimension whn bored.

  8. Dr Shivani Billimoria July 3, 2012 / 7:30 pm

    Thank u for the blog , it’s an emergency kit, sureshot lifesaver whn on the move 🙂

  9. agnyaa July 4, 2012 / 3:07 pm

    Nice blog Sureshji.. keep posting such informative blogs to us 🙂

    It was an amazing day yesterday, with long kriya, lot of gurupujas and satsangs. Very grateful to HIM, who has brought us to the spiritual path and taught the purpose of life.

    अज्ञानतिमिरान्धस्य ज्ञानाञ्जनशलाकया ।
    चक्षुरुन्मीलितं येन तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥

    ajnyaanatimiraandhasya gnaanaajanashalaakayaa
    chakshurunmiilitam yena tasmai sri Gurave namaha..

    Salutation to the noble Guru,who has opened the eyes blinded by darkness of ignorance with the collyrium-stick of knowledge.

  10. aparazzi July 15, 2012 / 8:10 pm

    Superbly written! 🙂

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