Guru Purnima is an expression of loving, gratefulness for the Teachers and the Gurus. And who by their teaching, guiding and advice transform an ignorant, purely biological being (Jiva) into a Divine & wise being.
गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुर्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः ।GURU STROTAM
गुरुरेव परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥
guru brahma guru vishnu
guru devo maheshwara
guru sakshat param brahma
tasmai shri gurave namah
Guru as the Creator (Brahma), Guru as the Sustainer and Protector (Vishnu) and Guru as the Remover of Sins and Ignorance (Maheswara, Lord Shiva). A Guru is the direct manifestation of the Supreme Being. God, Parama Brahmam, who is the source of Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara.
The word “Gu” symbolizes the Innermost Secret Being and “Ru” symbolizes the Light or Expression or Appearance of that Innermost Formless Self or the Spirit. The Ultimate Supreme Teacher is God, who is within every being as The Soul or The Spirit or The Inner Immortal Self. All knowledge comes from Him and becomes perceptible by the mind and the senses.
Action (work) gives experience, which in turn gives knowledge. Both come from God, who is the Source of Creation, Sustenance, and Removal. His Power or Energy is Praana or The Life Energy. The expression of this Life Energy, Praana, is the Breathing, without which nothing can exist. So the Real Guru is the Breath and the Breathing. Kriya Yoga practice is the real and practical celebration of worshiping and praying to the Supreme Guru, God, and all Gurus in the Human Form. In the great epic of India, The Mahabharat, it is mentioned that its author and one of the greatest of the Sages and Saints, Mahamuni Veda Vyāsa was born on this particular day of Ashada Purnima (Mahashadi, Full Moon day of the month of Ashada). It is on this day, he completed writing, editing, and compiling the 4 Vedas.
Mahamuni Veda Vyasa
Mahamuni Veda Vyāsa is considered as one of the Avatars of Vishnu and was contemporary of Lord Krishna. There is no branch of knowledge which he has not dealt with and not written about it. It is Ved Vyas who incorporated The Bhagavad Gita and The Mahabharata. By his extraordinary power of Yoga meditation, he heard it from Lord Krishna who was teaching to Arjuna. He was also known as Krishna Dvaipayan
Mahamuni Veda Vyāsa’s grandfather was Brahmarishi Shakti Muni, who was the son of the Great Legendary Sage, Brahmarishi Vasistha, Guru of Lord Rama, conqueror of Ravana and Lanka. Mahamuni Veda Vyāsa’s father was Brahmarishi Parashar, who was a great authority on Astrology, Vedas, Vedanta, and Yoga. His mother, Princess Jo Janagamdha, whose beauty and spirituality were famous for hundreds of miles around. When her husband Brahmarishi Parashar went to The Heavens, she married King Shantanu and came to be known as Satyavati. On this day, the Great Shakyamuni, son of Mahamuni Veda Vyāsa, himself a born Self Realized Master, went to his Guru and enrolled as a student.
I pray to god and our merciful Gurus to Bless you, Guide you, Protect you and Inspire you.
With Love and Blessings to you. Humbly,
Paramahansa Atmananda Ji