Happy Guru Purnima 2018 Wishes Quotes, Images, Messages: Every year, Guru Purnima — also known as Vyasa Purnima — is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Ashadha of the Shakha Samavat by the Hindu calendar followed by Buddhists, Jains and Hindus. On this day, thousands of devotees express their gratitude towards their gurus for enlightenment. There is a long history associated with this festival. This year, the day falls on July 27.
The term Guru Purnima is paradoxical. ‘Gu’ implies darkness whereas ‘ru’ stands for dispelling form of darkness. Therefore, a guru is considered to be that person who removes all darkness from our lives and brings light. In Nepal, it is celebrated as Teacher’s Day.
It is believed that Lord Buddha had given his first sermon on this day. After achieving enlightenment under the bodhi tree, he had travelled to Sarnath from Bodhgaya and had given his sermon on the full moon day. Thus, his followers worship him on this day.
From Gautam Buddha, Dalai Lama to Swami Vivekananda, several great leaders have spoken on gurus. While Swami Vivekananda said, “He alone teaches who has something to give, for teaching is not talking, teaching is not imparting doctrines, it is communicating”, Gautam Buddha said, “A man should first direct himself in the way he should go. Only then should he instruct others.”
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