Tomorrow is Guru Purnima a significant and auspicious day to honor, pay tributes and seek blessings of Gurus that is Teachers, Spiritual Teachers and Teachers of any subject or activity. In Sanskrit “Gu” means darkness and “Ru” means remover, hence the word “Guru” means remover of darkness, one who enlightens us. Guru Purnima is celebrated in this month of Ashada Masam; on the Full Moon Day, that is Purnima. It is in celebration of the birthday of Maharishi Vyasa who edited the Four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and Srimad Bhagavatam. Since such ancient times Guru Purnima is observed along the length and breadth of the country to honor Saints and Teachers.
Since ages the children in our country are taught to respect and honor teachers and treat them as Gods. We are all taught the following Sanskrit Sloka as infants; as we just begin to say a few words in our mother tongue!
GURUR DEVO MAHESHWARAH,
GURUR SAAKSHAAT PARA-BRAHMA,
TASMAI SHRI GURUVE NAMAH.
SUMMARY OF THE SLOKA:
The Guru is Brahma (The God of Creation),
The Guru is Vishnu (The God of Sustenance),
The Guru is Shiva (The God of Annihilation),
My Salutation to such a Guru,
Who is verily the Supreme GOD.