On: July - August
Signifies: The Worship Of The Guru And Offering Of Obeisance His
Guru is the entity who dispels the
darkness of ignorance and illumines our lives with pure knowledge
and hence this day signifies the worship of the Guru and offering
of obeisance his feet. The full moon symbolises the mind filled
with delight and signifies the elimination of darkness and evil
from the mind. Guru Pournima is an occasion for cleansing the mind
to make it absolutely pure
A qualified spiritual master is essential
to learn self-realisation. Bhagavad Gita asks one to learn the truth
through a Guru or spiritual master, inquire from him submissively
and render service unto him. The self-realised soul imparts knowledge
as he has seen the truth. A real Guru imparts 'Gynana' (true knowledge)
and teaches how to raise one's consciousness beyond material physical
boundaries. He teaches meditation to attain real peace of mind,
true self-knowledge, eternal happiness, and liberation from karmas,
develop true love for God.
Achieving spiritual perfection by
oneself through yoga (meditation) is impractical. One must learn
spiritual practices under the guidance of a genuine spiritual master.
We repose our faith in a Guru whose feet are roots of worship and
the root of liberation. He opens our eyes blinded by ignorance and
darkness and guides us to our goals.
Qualities Of A True Guru
Bhagavad Gita gives guidelines and qualities of a genuine Guru.
A true Guru has credentials to impart true knowledge free from speculation
and never claims he is god. He knows god is supreme and we are subordinate
to him. He knows the truth and lives it, is free from lust, anger,
and greed. He exemplifies wisdom, peacefulness, self-control, austerity,
piety, tolerance and strong faith in god. He must be from a succession
(e.g. Brahma, Narada, Vyasa, Shankaracharya).
At the time of 'Deeksha' (initiation),
the Guru absorbs the past sins and karmas of his disciples and reveals
true spiritual knowledge. The disciple develops strong love for
the Guru who delivers him from the bondage of birth and death. Bhagavad
Gita shows that when Arjuna was confused about his duties, put his
faith in Krishna, regarded him as his Guru and Krishna showed him
the right path.
The Guru is a man of profound intellectual
and spiritual sensitivity and compassion.
Celebration Of Guru Pournima Day In Shirdi
The celebration of Guru Pournima began in Shirdi around 1908. One
day Shri Baba told his disciple Shri Dada Kelkar, "Do you know
this day is the day to approach Gurus? Bring your worship articles".
Then Shri Kelkar and his friends looked up the calendar and found
that the day was Guru Pournima day. They started worshipping Shri
Sai Baba as their Guru, and that practice has continued till today
not only in Shirdi but all over the world where prayers are offered
to Shri Sai.
Guru Pournima is celebrated by devotees
by performing Guru Pooja (offering prayers to the Guru) to their
Lord Shri Sai Baba. Each Sai Devotee can either perform the Sai
Guru Puja (prayer) at home or attend a Sai Guru Puja or sponsor
a Sai Guru Puja being performed at a Sai temple by offering donation
or other articles used in Puja.