Guru Purnima | Vyasa Jayanti

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Guru Purnima, commonly known as Teacher’s Day is a very sacred day for Hindus, Buddhists, and even Jains. On this full moon day, which comes after the summer solstice, in the month of Ashad (July to August), many knowledge seekers and yogis come together to get and share their knowledge.

If not, the students worship the teachers at school/college and offer sweets as their gratitude towards them.

Guru Purnima in several traditions is celebrated to remember a specific act done by the supreme personality. Like, In Buddhism, the day of Guru Purnima is taken as the day, when Lord Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath. Likewise, in the yogic tradition, the day is celebrated as the day, when Lord Shiva accepted to become the Guru and began transmitting yoga to the Saptarishisis.

The day of Guru Purnima is well known as Vyasa Jayanti in the Hindu tradition. Maharshi Vyasa, who is known as the writer of Mahabharata, Puranas, Bramhna Sutras, Srimad Bhagavatam, and so on, is also known as the writer of Veda. Although he originally didn’t write them, he collected the mantras of Veda and classified them into four types. Thus, he is also known as Veda Vyasa who introduced Veda in written form as Rigveda, Samaveda, Yajurveda, and Atharvaveda.

He basically piled up the mantras of Veda and categorized them into four parts. That’s why he is also credited as the creator of Veda, the ancient Hindu scripture of the world. That’s why he is even worshiped as the Guru of Gurus.

Thus, the day of Guru Purnima is all about offering devotion to the teachers who taught you a lifelong lesson.


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