Friday July 3, 2020
Guru Purnima is celebrated as a festival dedicated to Guru. A Guru is the one who acts as a guide to their disciples and shows the path to salvation. Rooted in Sanskrit, the word Guru is derived from ‘gu’ which means darkness and ‘ru’ which denotes the removal of darkness. Hence, a Guru or a teacher is believed to be the one who removes all darkness from our lives.
There are two types of guru, one who guides in worldly life and another who guides on spiritual path. Both are equally important in one's progress.
Param Pujya Dadabhagwan says, ‘Guru is the one whose very sight makes our heads bow.’ Just upon seeing him, our head will bow. That is why if one is a guru, then he must be such that he dissolves all egos. Then you can attain liberation, but not otherwise.
Guru is a lighthouse with whose help we navigate through the obstacles and safely reach the port (our final destination). If you are at the level of twelve cents and he is at the level of fourteen cents, then you should sit with him, because only the living guru can show you your faults. You must always be open and ready to accept whatever faults your Guru shows you, do not retaliate nor protect them or get angry.
Guru looks after you in every situation that you get placed in, while in His association. He inspires you, guides you, protects you and ensures that you rise above all the difficulties that come your way and reach your ultimate destination. Guru is a beacon of light so that we don’t get lost; a beacon of faith such that we never lose hope.
Only the one who is living and present can help you, so on this auspicious occasion of Gurupurnima, let us all take this opportunity to resolve that we shall always be sincerely willing to listen, accept and introspect upon whatever our Guru points out to us, as His ultimate goal is our spiritual progress.
On this day, Param Pujya Dadabhagwan says that He is completely detached from worldly interactions and becomes one with ‘Dada Bhagwan’ (Enlightened Soul) that has been manifested within Him. Hence, one can ask for infinite strength and immense blessings for their spiritual progress on this day. Guru Purnima is thus a day, to ask for strength and take blessings from guru, to get the right understanding to have complete awareness and become one with the pure Soul.