Written by: Dr. Rita Madanlal Shetiya
Ambassador of Grace Ladies Organization
Lecturer, Journalist, Trekker, Photographer, Anchor
Location: Pune, Maharashtra – India
Published at: Grace Ladies Random Thoughts Diary
Guru Purnima is a festival of respect and devotion to the Guru. This festival is a festival of salute and reverence to the Guru. It is believed that by worshiping the Guru on this day, his disciples receive the full fruits of the Guru’s initiation. Guru has great importance in our life.
There are two of the most difficult tasks in the world. Putting the knowledge in your head into another’s head and the other is to put the money in the other person’s pocket. The one who can do the first job is called ‘Guru’, while the second one is the trader who can do the job successfully. Work of Guru is more important for us. He is not only giving us knowledge but also telling how to use and earn money and how to live? This is what they do. Gurus are our guides who tell the true meaning and purpose of life.
It is said, “Guru Bin kon batave bat” (‘गुरु बिन कोण बतावे बाट’). Life without Jupiter(GURU) is life without water. In the Skanda Purana (Guru Gita) the glory of the Guru is beautifully described. “Gukarastva ndhakar: syad, rukar stage uchte! Agyan grasak bramha, Gurudev na sansaya:!” (” गुकारस्त्व न्धकार: स्याद, रुकार स्तेज उच्च्ते !अज्ञान ग्रासक ब्रम्ह, गुरुदेव न संशय: !” ) The word ‘Gu’ means darkness, ‘Ru’ means light, meaning the form of light that destroys the darkness of ignorance is Brahma “Guru”. There is no doubt that a more beautiful Guru can be defined than this.
I would like to give a good example of how a good Guru is, from which the glory of a Guru is noticed.
A tenth slandered student wants to learn Judo, he tells his guru. They tell him to come from tomorrow, but he loses his left hand in an accident on the same day, and his dream of learning judo remains a dream. This news reaches his coach (Guru) and he meets with his parents and tells them that I will fulfill his desire to learn judo. Everyone is shocked at what this Guru says. Because while playing judo requires both hands. Eventually the teacher takes the permission of the parents and the student and then his judo training starts, the coach teaches him a single innings of Judo. The student asks him, “Sir, you are teaching me only one innings. How can I learn Judo? The coach teaches him only one innings a year, without telling him. You just do what I tell you.” How do I compete and win? This question falls to him. One day coach take him to an international tournament, where he wins every round, he doesn’t even know how, in the end he wins even in the final everyone was surprised, when a journalist approaches his coach and asks how it is possible . Coach says that in the innings he has played in Judo, the opponent has to put his hand on the left shoulder of the person in front of him, and his left hand got into an accident. I made his weakness his weapon… so he is invincible.
Whether it is the Guru of Eklavya’s time or the Guru of today’s modernization, the place of Guru is just as important as today. We always celebrate Guru Purnima, sometimes by giving a gift to Guru and sometimes by worshiping Guru. Whether it is the punishment given by the Guru or the mere words of the Guru, sometimes it gives great courage. Poet Kusumagraj has said very beautifully in his Kana poem, “Just put your hand on my back and say fight”
Happy Guru Purnima to all!
Published by: Grace Ladies Organization Singapore
On 13th July 2022
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