Wednesday, July 09, 2014
7-11-2014: GURU'S DAY!
Indian scriptures have their own 'teachers day' in the form of Guru Purnima. The calendar offers this day to pay obeisance to those who have helped shaped your life.
The Vyas purnima, popularly called Guru Purnima, is actually the birthday of Guru Ved Vyas, who edited the four Vedas, wrote 18 Puranas, Mahabharat and Srimad Bhagavata.
Ved Vyas is honored by all students of Vedas today. Vedas are considered to be the fountainhead of all knowledge, and grateful students of the scriptures perform pujas and aarti of the great saint. Explaining the significance of Guru Purnima, Sanskrit scholar and a teacher of Yajur Veda at the Bhosala Ved Pathshaala in Mahal says, "Vyaso chishtam jagat sarvam, is a popular saying in Sanskrit. It means that all knowledge that comes from the Vedas is very superior. The students of Vedas thus express their gratitude to the great sage."
However, Pathak says that everybody should observe this day. "Guru Purnima is observed by those who are under the guidance of a guru. But those who are not, can pay their respects to their parents. Scriptures say that the mother is the first teacher followed by the father."
For Nandani Sahastrabudhhe, who heads the Swarali musical group, which had featured in the second season of TV show India Has Got Talent, Guru Purnima is a day of giving and receiving. "My students express their gratitude on this day. Though the tradition is to offer a garland but now floral bouquets are more common. I too make it a point to visit my guru Shubhda Pendharkar to pay respects."