In 2019, Guru Purnima is celebrated on 16th July. If a person has knowingly made any mistake, then he should apologize to his guru. The word ‘guru’ has its roots in the Sanskrit language, where ‘gu’ means darkness and ‘ru’ stands for the removal of darkness.
In the Hindu scriptures, the glory of the Guru is described as unparalleled. Guru Bin, the knowledge cannot be received, from Guru Bin Sansar Sagar, the soul cannot attain liberation. Guru has been elevated above God too. In a few words to be told to Pratap of the Guru, it is written in the scriptures that if someone is cursed by God then he can save the guru but God cannot save the person cursed by the guru.
The full moon of the month of Ashadh is celebrated as Guru Purnima. Guru Purnima is worshiping Guru.
The full moon of the Ashadh shukla party is celebrated with enthusiasm in the form of Guru Purnima as a whole. Many scholars have been gurus in India, but Maharishi Ved Vyas was the first scholar, who interpreted the four Vedas of Sanatan Dharma (Hinduism). The sage who is believed to be responsible for editing the sacred Hindu text, the Vedas and writing the 18 Puranas, Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavatam–all of which form the very foundation of the Hindu religion.
The festival is also believed to mark the onset of monsoons, and is thus a prime source of celebration for farmers.
There is a deep meaning behind choosing the full moon of Ashadh. It means that the guru is like the full moon, which is fully illuminated and the pupil is like the clouds of Ashadh. In Ashadh, the moon is surrounded by clouds like the Guru is surrounded by the disciples. The disciple can be all kinds of people who come here with the darkness of births. They are just like the dark clouds. Even in it the master can shine like the moon. Therefore, the full moon shows the importance of Ashadh! There is also a gesture towards the guru and also towards the disciple. It is a sign that both of them are in the same place, there is no meaning.
गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुः गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः ।
गुरुःसाक्षात् परब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नम:
Meaning: Guru is verily the representative of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. He creates, sustains knowledge and destroys the weeds of ignorance. I salute such a Guru.
गुरू गोविन्द दोऊ खड़े, काके लागूं पांय।
बलिहारी गुरू अपने गोविन्द दियो बताय।।
If GURU and Gobind (Lord) stand together, then who should bow to it – guru or Gobind? In such a situation, it is better to bow down to Shree Charans of Guru, whose grace is blessed with the grace of seeing Govind.
गुरू बिन ज्ञान न उपजै, गुरू बिन मिलै न मोष।
गुरू बिन लखै न सत्य को गुरू बिन मिटै न दोष।।
Kabir Das says – Without knowledge of Guru, it is impossible to meet. Until then man wanders in ignorance. Maya is stuck in worldly obstacles unless the grace of the Guru is attained. Moksha is the path which shows the path of salvation. Without a Guru, there is no knowledge of truth and untruth. There is no knowledge of the difference between right and wrong, then how can salvation be attained? So go to the Guru’s asylum. The master will show the true path.
गुरू पारस को अन्तरो, जानत हैं सब संत।
वह लोहा कंचन करे, ये करि लेय महंत।।
All the wise men know the difference between Guru and Paras. The subject of Paras is that the world is known by its touch that iron is made of gold, but the guru is so great that by applying his qualities, he makes the disciple as great as himself.