Importance and Significance of Guru Purnima - this year on 7th July 2009

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Guru Purnima is the pure full moon day of the Hindu calendar month of ashadh (usually coincides with July of the English calender). This day is celebrated every year to express gratitude unto the Guru Principle. The ArchGuru, Sage Vyas (founder of the Guru-disciple lineage), is worshipped on this day. This festival is the greatest festival in the life of a seeker. Of course, even this celebration in gratitude to the Guru is done for the seeker's spiritual progress, since the Guru is a manifest form of The Lord Himself. The Guru Principle is most active on this day than on any other through out the year. Under the pretext of this celebration, the festival provides an unmatchable opportunity to progress spiritually through service and sacrifice unto the Truth. That is why seekers and Disciple participate in this mission for the Truth whole heartedly.

The Guru Lineage

The Guru's energy of initiation (anugraha) itself is the universal energy of the Guru principle. This energy is transmitted from the Guru to the disciple. This energy originates from the God principle, gets transmitted through the Guru-disciple lineage, and culminates in God-realization by the disciples in the lineage. To augment a disciple's faith in his Guru, the Sadguru and Paratpar Guru of the Guru guide that disciple, using the Guru as the medium.

It is the day that the Guru Principle or the Teaching Principle of God is most active than on any other day of the year.

A seeker, by definition, is one who makes daily efforts with the motivation of spiritual progress and with spiritual progress occurring, irrespective of his religion of birth and path of spiritual practice.
Participating in Guru Purnima preparations and celebrations provides seekers unmatchable opportunities to serve the Guru Principle and thus, progress spiritually.
Thus, Guru Purnima holds equal importance to every seeker, regardless of his religion or spiritual path.

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What's the meaning of the word purnima?

And why the word "guru" appears in the name of this day of fool moon?

divine intervention | Wed, 07/09/2008 - 07:40
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Ravi's answer

Ravi gave me the info. Thanks Ravi, I hope you don't mind I share your answer here.


Purnima is Full Moon in Sanskrit
Veda Vyasa who compiled the Vedas is thought to have manifested on this day and he is the prime Guru

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divine intervention | Thu, 07/10/2008 - 18:42