July 13 is celebrated as Guru Purnima, a day celebrating the contribution of Gurus and Teachers on an auspicious day.
“गुरु गोविन्द दोऊ खड़े , काके लागू पाय|, बलिहारी गुरु आपने , गोविन्द दियो बताय”| -कबीर दास which means Guru and God both appear before me. To whom should I prostrate? I bow before the Guru who introduced God to me –Kabir Das.
Guru derives from the Sanskrit word Gu, meaning Darkness, and Ru, meaning Remover of the Darkness.
Purnima is an auspicious occasion to celebrate and honour Guru and teachers who have an irreplaceable place in an individual’s life. According to the Hindu calendar, the Guru Purnima is celebrated on a full-moon day (or Purnima) of Ashadha (June-July).
Hindus celebrate the day as the celebration of the birth anniversary of Veda Vyasa, the sage who authored Mahabharata. In contrast, Buddhists celebrate the day by remembering Gautama Buddha, his teachings and preaching and the sermons he delivered after attaining the enlightenment. Similarly, the Jains celebrate the day by remembering and owing respect to Lord Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara, according to their Jain tradition.
The day is celebrated to commemorate the selfless service of the teachers who have helped their disciples or students in every walk of life journey. The day remembers the contribution of teachers in the life of an individual. The role of a teacher from the primary classes till the mature life lessons teachers plays a major role in the character building of an individual. Any individual today is just because of their Guru, the teachings, knowledge, and wisdom the individual has attained decades life journey of the individual.
The day reminds us to have a heart of thankfulness to our teachers and Gurus, who have accepted us the way we are and have guided us in the right direction.
Everyone loves a guru because Guru never discriminates against any student. Guru is unbiased; for Guru, all his students are the same. The teachers and Gurus have a great impact on a student’s life. The Guru transfers the knowledge that guides the student in life’s journey by sharing their own experiences about life.
The Guru is the one who knows the way and shows the student the way by teaching not only knowledge but with ethics and morals.
The Guru plays a major part in grooming an individual’s character building and making an individual a well-behaved person so that the individual might have a respected place in society.
The Guru-teacher relationship is highly appreciated in Indian history, where classical dance forms like Guru Shishya Parampara. are in the Hindustani art form of North India.
The Guru Purnima is a tradition dedicated to all the spiritual and academic Guru who groom themselves as intellectual and enlightened humans who guide us in our good and bad and share their wisdom based on Karma Yoga.
There’s a beautiful Sanskrit shlok that says- “गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णु गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरा, गुरुर्साक्षात परब्रह्म तस्मै श्री गुरवे नमः ” which means Guru is the Creator God, is the Protector God; The Vishnu, can also be a destroyer; The Maheshwara, Guru can see, feel everything and is the Supreme God The Brahma, and to that one Guru I bow down to his feet.