Guru Poornima, a festival dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers, is observed in India and Nepal by the Hindus, Jains and Buddhists to thank their teachers.
The word ‘Guru’ is derived from two words, ‘Gu’ and ‘Ru’ of Sanskrit which mean ‘darkness or ignorance remover’. The festival is celebrated on the day of full moon in the month of Ashadh. This year it falls on July 12.
Hindu ascetics and wandering monks observe this day by offering puja to the Guru, during the Chaturmas. The Students of Indian classical music, who follow the Guru-Shishya tradition, celebrate the day by honoring their teachers.
Many Hindus hold special recitations of the Hindu scriptures especially, the Guru Gita authored by the sage Veda Vyasa.
“Guru Poornima marks one of the greatest moments in the life of humanity. This is a day that is reminiscent of Adiyogi opening up and offering the possibility that a human being can evolve beyond all limitations set by his physical nature, if willing to strive,” says Sadhguru
The Buddhists on the other hand celebrate this day to honour Lord Buddha who delivered his first Sermon on this day at Saranath . The followers meditate on this day and read the teachings of Lord Buddha.
In Buddhist tradition, the teacher is a valued and honoured as a mentor and a a spiritual friend who worthy of great respect and is a source of inspiration on the path to Enlightenment;