“A Guru does not simply stuff you with knowledge, but kindles life force in you; a Guru invokes intelligence in you,” these lines by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar stand absolutely true for each one of us. We consider Guru Purnima to be a day of the Master, but in reality; it is a day of the disciple. The Master-Disciple relationship has been a part of the Indian culture since time immemorial.
The relationship between Krishna and Arjuna, Vashistha and Rama are examples of the Guru-Shishya (Master-Disciple) relationship.
The Upanishads have indicated that there are 5 signs of being with a Master; knowledge flows, sorrow diminishes, joy wells up for no reason, talents come up, shortage disappears and one experiences abundance in life. When a Guru enters your life, seeking stops and blossoming begins. That is why it is said, ‘Na GurorAdhikam, Na GurorAdhikam, Na GurorAdhikam’, there is nothing greater than a Guru, because a Guru is an embodiment of all that is greatest. An Acharya gives Shiksha, meaning knowledge, but a Guru gives Deeksha, meaning the pinnacle of awareness. A Guru does not only give information but raises intelligence.
Life is incomplete without spiritual knowledge and spiritual knowledge is incomplete without a living example that walks the talk. The full moon of the month of July is celebrated to recognize all those who have walked the path of knowledge and have inspired others to do so, in the past, present and future. The day of Guru Purnima is dedicated to the masters and teachers who have contributed to the peace, prosperity and happiness of our planet.
As Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, “It is the day, when the disciple wakes up in his fullness and in the wakefulness; he can’t be, but grateful. The purpose of Guru Purnima celebrations is to review how much one has evolved on the spiritual path in the previous year and to renew one’s progress, determination and focus on the goal.”
A story in the puranas says that, the Lord of the Universe had a son and he wanted to send his son to school. So, the little boy went to school and the teacher started teaching him the alphabets. The child said, “Teach me the highest first!” The teacher was baffled.He said, “I can teach you only alphabets, I am a nursery school teacher.” The little boy was persistent, he said, “No, teach me the highest first!” The teacher took the boy back to his father, Shiva and said, “I can’t teach your son. He knows more than me. He wants to learn the highest first, I myself do not know.” Shiva, who is considered to be the first Guru, looked at the little boy and said, “If you know, then teach me, tell me the highest. What is the meaning of Om?” The boy said, “I know the meaning.” Shiva said, “Then tell me.” The boy replied, “I can’t tell you like this, you have to put me in the place of a Guru. If you put me on a pedestal of a Guru, only then I can tell you.”Shiva lifted the boy and put him on his shoulder. The little boy whispered in Shiva’s ear, “Om means love, you are love, I am love. All that exists is love.”
The symbolism of this story is that, the Guru principle – Guru Tattva, is child-like; innocent, delicate and intelligent. It is humble yet dignified, royal yet modest. If there is water in a well, you need to pull it up to have a bath; similarly,to receive knowledge you need to uplift the Guru Tattva. Spiritual practices uplift the Guru Tattva. Honoring the Guru Tattva is very important in life. When you honor it, it is honoring oneself. Guru, self and God are synonymous. Guru Purnima is a celebration of the Guru Tattva.
There is an old proverb, “Guru Bina Gati Nahi” meaning, there is no progress without a Guru. As beautifully expressed by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar , “The Master is a doorway. When you enter the door of the master, you come home. When you are lost on the street, there is rain, thunder and storm; you need shelter. You look around and find the doorway of the Master. Once you enter this door, you look at the world from a different perspective. You can still hear the thunder and see the rain, but is no longer disturbs you. There is warmth and security inside this door. Enter the master’s door, come home!”
We, The Art of Living family celebrate this day globally, honoring our Guru, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who has shown us this path of Love, Wisdom, Compassion and Peace. On this auspicious day we express our Gratitude to the “Guru” (Master) who has brought “Purnata” (Completeness/Fullness) to our lives with this Grace.
We invite you to join us in celebrating and expressing your gratitude to the Divine for all the abundance in your life! Express your Gratitude to your Master with #ThankYouSriSri on Twitter and FaceBook on the 12th June!
Join Sri Sri Ravi Shankar via Live Webcast from The Art of Living Retreat Centre, Boone, North Carolina, on 12th of June, 2014 at 7:30PM IST. Link: www.artofliving.org
Contributed By: Ms.Vidhi Thaker