Updated: Mar 6, 2022
Guru-Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day, known as Purnima. One pays obeisance to the Guru or teacher on this day, thanking for all the knowledge and life-lessons.
Why this day is so auspicious ?
This day is celebrated as a Maharshi Ved Vyas's birth anniversary, that's why this Purnima is also called Vyas Purnima.
Maharshi Ved Vyas ji is considered a avatara (reincarnation) of Lord Vishnu. Ved Vyas ji is that Guru who not only gave us the first commentary on Patanjali Yogasutra but also Mahabharata, eighteen Puranas, Brahma Sutra & also he arranged the Mantras of Vedas...
In sort, he simply all the major Vedic scriptures. So, because of his great contribution we celebrate this day in his memory.
On this auspicious day Lord Buddha taught Dhamma to his first five disciples.
On this day, Lord Buddha gave the Aryaastangik marga (Noble eightfold path) for the freedom from sufferings...
That's why this day is also celebrated as a "Dhamma chakra divas" by Buddhist followers & believers...
As we most of us know about the eight limbs of yoga that is taught by Bhagwan Patanjali ji, same like that, Lord Buddha also taught Dhamma with eight noble limbs. Those eight limbs are:
1- Samyak dristi means right view
2- Samyak sankalpa means right thought
3- Samyak vacha means right speech
4- Samyak kammanto means right action
5- Samyak ajeevo means right livelihood
6- Samyak vyayama means right endeavors
7- Samyak smrti means right mindfulness, attentiveness.
8- Samyak samadhi means concentration, meditation...
You can see how we have celebrated this day here in Rishikesh, with a short meditation and a pooja to Lord Mahadev from the home of our dear neighbour hindu monk: https://youtu.be/0pu3OV5Ouig
On this Special Occasion, and from the bottom of my heart, I am humbly paying my respect to all the great Masters, Yogis, teachers, monks, Lord Buddha and Lord Vyasa, Patanjali for their great contribution for the wellbeing of the humanity.
Happy Guru Purnima!
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