Guru Gobind dono khade, kake lagu paay, balihari guru aapne, gobind diyo batay.
Meaning – Teacher and God, both are in front of me whose feet shall I touch first, I shall touch the feet of my teacher as he has helped me find God.
The full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashaad (July-August) is observed as Guru Purnima. A day sacred to the memory of the greatest sage in the history of Hindu religion, Maharshi Ved Vyas. On this day, started writing Brahma Stutras. Learned Vyas even taught Dattatreya, who is regarded as the Guru of Gurus.
India has witnessed many such Gurus (teachers) who played significant role in enriching the life of their Shishya (student).
- Shri Ramkrishna Paramhans and Swami Vivekananda:
Vivekananda considered Ramkrishna as an incarnation of God. In a letter in 1895, he wrote that in Ramkrishna there was “knowledge, devotion and love – infinite knowledge, infinite love, infinite work, infinite compassion for all being.” He owed everything to Ramkrishna. He said – “All that I am, all that the world itself will some day be, is owing to my Master, Shri Ramakrishna, who incarnated and experienced and taught this wonderful unity which underlies everything, having discovered it alike in Hinduism, in Islam and in Christianity.”
- Guru Dronacharya and Arjuna:
The epic tale of Mahabharata dictates one of the momentous Guru-Shishya relations of Guru Dronacharya and Arjuna. Arjuna became one of the destructive warriors of all time. Though Dronacharya and Arjuna fought wars on being either side, Dronacharya’s teaching of archery skills to Arjuna is what led to the Pandavas’ victory in the great war of ‘Mahabharata’.
In the present age too, we can identify robust bonds between Guru and Shishya.
- Ramakant Achrekar and Sachin Tendulkar:
Sachin Tendulkar is commonly known as ‘The Legendary Cricketer’. He achieved the maxima with the training and coaching which he acquired from his guru Ramakant Achrekar. The respect for his guru was easily noticed when Sachin got emotional while mentioning his guru’s name in his farewell speech.
- Birju Maharaja and Madhuri Dixit-Nene:
The Dhak-Dhak Girl of Bollywood has won millions of hearts. She attracted all her fans with her flawless dance. Only few know that she gained the art from her Kathak dancing Guru Birju Maharaja
We all have our Guru. Today is the day we owe to our Guru. It’s not that only those are our guru whom we have learnt the chapters in schools and colleges. All those who have enlightened the path of our life, made our lives determined, brought up a good human in us are our gurus.
It could be you, me or anybody!!!
Happy Guru Purnima!!
Post by: Purvang Trivedi