Dhyana Ashram will be celebrating Guru purnima on the 11th of july 2006, where a homa will be conducted in the morning at 6am and Paduka Pooja in the evening at 7pm.
Gurupurnima is a special day for all the gurus. The word guru is thus taken as a kind of a generic term, even though it is purely personal. The word guru has a generic sense “One who teaches”. Therefore the word can be applied to anyone who teaches. It is a term used by all and sundry to indicate someone who is an expert in an given discipline and teaches the discipline.
The word guru is made up of two syllabus “gu” and “ru”. The syllable “gu” stands for darkness and the syllable “ru” stands for one who dispels the darkness. Guru means one who dispels the darkness. In our tradition, darkness is always used as an example for ignorance. The darkness has an capacity to cover a thing that is existent . A teacher’s job is to make the other person “see”. When I bring in the light, the light cannot produce a thing which is not existent in the room. Similarly, a teacher cannot make someone else out of a person, but if the person does not the fact about the world or about one’s body, mind or about oneself, then the teacher can bring to light for this person “what is”. The guru is one who dispels darkness and makes you recognise “what is”. This analogy of darkness and light is used to describe a teacher as one who brings to light “what is”.
On this day of the gurus, we remember the sage Vyasa. In fact, this day is called Vyasa Purnima, the day of Vyasa, without whom, there would have been no vedic tradition of teaching. It has something very special to offer to the humanity because of Vyasa. He is considered our last link to the tradition of which we have no histroy. Vedas are looked upon as anadi, beginning less. So we do not know the beginning of the Vedas, but we know Veda Vyasa. He collected all the hymns and presented them in four vedas and thereby presented this most ancient body of knowledge. Vyasa is our last link of this knowledge. That is why he is always remembered with great reverence in our culture. Therefore, Sankara in his commentaries uses the word Bhagavan as an adjective to him.