Guru Purnima : A day to worship for Guru

“गुरु ब्रह्मा, गुरु विष्णु गुरु देवो महेश्वर, गुरु साक्षात् परमं ब्रह्मा तस्मै श्री गुरुवे नम:”

अर्थात- गुरु ही ब्रह्मा है, गुरु ही विष्णु है और गुरु ही भगवान शंकर है. गुरु ही साक्षात परब्रह्म है. ऐसे गुरु को मैं प्रणाम करता हूं.

Eklavya cutting his thumb for Guru Drona

Guru Purnima is a festival of Hindu and buddists. Guru purnima is a day of full moon of Asadh month according to hindu calender.This is a day to worship to Guru.

Guru = “Gu” + “Ru” :

The word Guru is derived from two sanskrit words. “Gu” and “Ru”. “Gu” means  ignorance or darkness. “Ru” means remover of that ignorace or darkness. So that one who removes darkness of our ignorance is a Guru. Let us remind a best story of Guru and shishya from Mahabharat.

Story Of Eklavya:

Eklavya was a son of a soldier Vyatraj Harinyadhanu. Drona discouraged him from his aim of learning to use of weapons and martial arts because of his low caste. So Eklavya embarked upon a program of self-study. He made a clayimage of Drona as his inspiration. Eventually Eklavya achieves a level of skill superior of Arjun who was Drona’s favorite student.

Drona consults a wise priest, Vyasa Maharshi. He reminds Drona that Ekalvya’s father, Hiranyadhanva, fought against the kingdom that Drona serves. Knowing all this, Drona was mindful of the challenge Eklavya posed to his own protege, Arjun. In a shrewd move, Drona demands that Eklavya cut off his right thumb as a gift to his “teacher”. This would preclude Eklavya from being as skilled or even better than Arjun.

Since Eklavya always trusted and respected Drona as his mentor, he agrees to the demand without hesitation  and sheers off his right thumb with his own weapon.

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