Vyas Purnima now popularly known as Guru Purnima is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Maharishi Ved Vyas Ji. On the full moon day of Ashad month as per Hindu calendar, this day is celebrated in the honour of great teachers and gurus across the world, in the name of Guru Purnima. He has done the meticulous task of writing Maharabharat, all the four Vedas and Puranas. We are indebted for his efforts of classifying Vedas and Puranas which had been given spiritual wisdom in its highest form to the mankind since ages. Since he provided the world with such great knowledge, he is known as the original Guru of Hindu dharam.
In Sanskrit, 'Gu' means darkness and 'Ru' is to remove darkenss and hence Guru can be termed as someone who removes the darkness from life and mends way for enlightenment. Finding guru in one human life is like conquering half of the world. Guru Purnima is the day dedicated to all the spiritual and academic teachers in the world.
A guru is considered to be someone who builds a bridge between an individual and an immortal. This day is extensively celebrated across the world to pay regard and express gratitude towards our teachers. They are often equated with God. Just like moon shines by the reflection of sun’s light and glorifies it, similarly a disciple dazzles like moon by gaining knowledge of wisdom from teachers.
All the spiritual aspirants and devotees worship Veda Vyasa and perform a pooja of their respective guru. The day holds extreme significance in a farmer’s life as it marks the beginning of monsoon and bringing new life to fields. As per the vedic tradition, the day is also marked auspicious for the commencement of spiritual meditation (sadhanas). Larger lessons of life leading to spirituality can be inherited on this auspicious day. For a true Indian this occasion is of utmost significance, for h/she knows that a Guru is the only guarantee for the individual to transcend from the bondage of sorrow and death to experience the consciousness of reality and moksha.