Guru Purnima


Hindus give an immense importance to spiritual gurus. Gurus are considered as a link between the individual soul and the Supreme Soul. The full moon day in the month of Ashada is observed as the auspicious day, a day on which the great sage Maharshi Vyasdeva was born. He compiled and codified the Vedas. He also composed a treatise basing the principal teachings of the Vedanta on a logical stand and named it ‘Brahmasutra’. He also composed the great epic ‘Mahabharata’ which contained the ‘Gita’ in it and composed 18 principal Puranas. The three (1) Vedas, (2) Brahmasutra, and (3) Gita, Maharbharata, and Puranas are entitled as the basic scriptures of the Hindus, known as the ‘Prasthanatraya’ – Shruti Prasthana, Nyaya Prasthana and Smriti Prasthana with which the sacred name of sage Vyasadeva is associated. All the Hindus are, therefore, indebted to this ancient saint and regard him as their Adi Guru or Original Guru.

On this day, all spiritual aspirants and devotees worship Vyasa as the original Guru.

At Ramakrishna Mission Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House & Cultural Centre, the Guru Purnima was celebrated on 19 July 2016. About 900 devotees assembled in the evening. Swami Purnatmananda, Secretary of the centre, delivered a lecture describing the significance of the day of ‘Guru Purnima,’ role of a Guru in life, and on the Guru culture of Hindus and tradition followed in Ramakrishna Order in this regard.