Guru Purnima (or Poornima) is widely celebrated every year around June-July in India and is also a major traditional festival. Guru Purnima is widely celebrated amongst Hindus, Jain, and Buddhists. This is celebrated in India, Nepal, and Bhutan also. The festival of Guru Purnima in 2020 will be celebrated on 5th July; this is one of the spiritual and religious festivals and pays great tribute to the most respected religious writer Guru Ved Vyasa, this is the day Ved Vyasa was born. Purnima (refers to the lunar phase of a Moon) when it looks fully illuminated from the earth is celebrated on the day when there is a full moon in the sky which is also Hindu month of Ashadha (June–July). In 2019 it was witnessed on a complete lunar eclipse which was a rare occurrence.
On this day, it is said that Lord Shiva who's also known as the lord of destruction became the Adi Guru (or first Guru). Adiyogi (first Yogi) had 7 disciples who are often referred to as Saptarishis. These were the first disciples of lord shiva. All these Saptarishis (7 stars) later spread all the teaching from the first Yogi and spread it across the world. These teachings include Astrology, Yoga, Ayurveda Etc.
Importance amongst Indian Academic Institutions
On this day all educational institutions celebrate this day to pay gratitude to Ved Vyasa along with their teachers through different cultural events. All these events are practised to highlight the essence of the Guru (Teacher) Shishya (Student) bond. While the students recite prayers or poems for their teachers, the teachers bless their students with blessings for a brighter and successful future.
Guru Purnima is celebrated to pay tribute to the most important person in an individual's life, his Guru (mentor/ teacher) who share his entire life's earnings and his whole assets in form of priceless knowledge through spiritual or non-spiritual teaching. This festival is observed to pay tribute and Gratitude to the spiritual teachers or leaders.
Since humanity has its roots there are thousands of examples for some world-renowned spiritual guru's who have not limited themselves or the blanket or their spiritual knowledge to their home country. They have come up as an impressive source of spiritual navigators not just for a few individuals but for decades and passed on over to one generation to the other.
finest examples of few such Guru's are Swami Vivekanand, he was a great Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century, Gautama Buddha who was great was a monk, mendicant, sage, philosopher, teacher, and religious leader, who's teachings led the formation of a new religion today known to us as Buddhism.
This day is also celebrated as Vyasa Purnima. As on this day Veda Vyasa was born, Veda Vyasa is best known for writing the biggest ever and the most descriptive ancient writing known to humans, it has over 1.8 million words in total. Guru Ved Vyasa is also known for editing and dividing the Holy Veda in four sections Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva Ved.
Guru's in Hinduism, Buddhists, and Jainism has been given the most prestigious place in one's life. And if we talk about all these different cultures and religions, there have been some prominent spiritual Guru's who have given an equivalent place equal to God's in their culture. If we would like to name a few they are Swami Abhidanand, Aadi Shankracharya, Chetanya Mahaprabhu, etc. These are just a few names out of thousands of spiritual leaders, who have devoted their entire life to the well being of humanity by expanding religious and academic knowledge for thousands of years.
It is strongly believed that although someone's parent can give birth to their child, give shelter and feed him food, however, a teacher is the one who can understand one's ability and help him put that skill or talent on the right path.
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