Gurupurnima is celebrated as a festival dedicated to Guru. Guru is a Sanskrit term, where ‘Gu’ means darkness and ‘ru’ denotes the removal of darkness. Therefore, a Guru has the ability to remove the darkness from our lives. During Gurupurnima we pay tribute to the Gurus in our lives – one who navigates our path on a worldly basis and the other who guides us spiritually towards ultimate liberation.
Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan, the current living Self-realised Gnani of Akram Vignan, 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 looks after us in every situation that we get placed in, while in His association. He inspires us, guides us, protects us and ensures that we overcome all the difficulties that we face and reach our ultimate destination. Guru is a beacon of light so that we do not get lost; a beacon of faith such that we never lose hope. This is why we should show humility in the presence of a living guru so that He can show us our faults.
Only the one who is living and present can help us, 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.
Thus, on this day, we should sincerely pray for infinite strength and immense blessings from our Guru for spiritual progress to attain the right understanding, to have complete awareness, and become one with the pure Soul.