॥१॥ Gurur-Brahmaa Gurur-Vissnnur-Gururdevo Maheshvarah |Gurure[-I]va Param Brahma Tasmai Shrii-Gurave Namah ||1||
1.1: The Guru is Brahma, the Guru is Vishnu, the Guru Deva is Maheswara (Shiva),
1.2: The Guru is Verily the Para-Brahman (Supreme Brahman); Salutations to that Guru
Today is called "Guru purnima".This is celebrated to honor our saints & Rishis who have taught us Vedas,Upanishads,Puranas & Ithihasas & how to lead a good life, make us realize God through their disciples .They have lead a very simple life.They lived in Asrams with little comfort. In olden days Kings admired them, respected them & kept them as "Raja Guru".We all know that King Dasaratha Kept Sri Vashista as his Guru & always sought his advice in running the GOVT.
If we trace our origin it would be one of our earlier saints.Swami Vivekananda used to address as,"Oh, Children of Rishis".Many foreigners admire & wonder this system of Guru Parampara.In all Hindu Mutts , all saints observe "Chaturmasya vrata" on this full moon day(coming in the Tamil Month Aadi )& .They observe it for 60 days.After praying to God,they perform "padhuka abishegam & Pooja ( for Holy feet representing Guru ).Vedha Vyasa compiled all Vedas .Thousands of years ago at the end of Mahabharata war,Kali yuga started.God Krishna Himself in teaching Arjuna gave us "Bhagavad Gita ".It is said that "Maha Bharata " was written by Maha Ganapathi as told by Veda Vyasa .Later Adi Sankara came & established Mutts ( Sankara Mutts).While saint Vysa is called as reincarnation of Lord Vishnu & Sri Adi Sankara as God Shiva.Let us worship these Saints on this auspicious Day & seek their blessings.it is better to go to an Asram during this period & participate in the pooja.Thanks to Greenmesg.org/ for the Sanskrit Sloka & meaning & also to Dharma Chakram Publication -Sri.Ramakrishna Tapovan- Tirupparaiturai.