Significance of Guru Purnima

Guru Purnima swami


What does Purnima mean? Purnima means ‘full moon day’. Bright moonlight, yes! Why? What is the significance of Purnima? The moon is the presiding deity of the mind. The mind and the moon are related. On a full moon day, when there is no trace of even a single cloud across the sky, when it is bright, it is wonderful and so beautiful! If the human mind is the sky, if the human mind is the space, the clouds are the clouds of doubt, the clouds of ignorance, the clouds of desire, the clouds of suspicion, the clouds of duality, the clouds of anger, the clouds of possessiveness. There are different types of clouds, as you know. Some have raindrops, some are full of dust, and all are different. You will agree with me that all clouds don’t rain. Similarly, the human mind has so many clouds, full of dust, drops, and wind.

So, on Guru Purnima day or this full moon day, our human mind should be so clear, without any clouds of suspicion, disbelief, distrust, body identification, ego, possessiveness, or attachment. All these clouds should clear out, so that the sky is absolutely clear in all the cool moonlight, which soothes and pacifies with all its coolness.Once we have realized that Knowledge, when the sky of the human mind is clear, without any clouds of despair, despondency, disappointment or frustration, we then enjoy the coolness of God’s Grace. That is what Purnima means.

Bhagavan tells us: Guru Purnima is not the message of doing something different or of investigating a different path. No. Guru Purnima is the day of Awareness of our true Self. We are not going to meet anybody new, no! You are not going to get something, which you do not already have right now. We are searching for ourselves outside. When the Self is inside, we are searching for the Self by following the methods outside, while the method to know the Self inside is not adopted. The method to follow, to know the Self inside is called ‘inquiry’. Guru Purnima is the day of Self-inquiry, or inquiry into the Self.

With the grace of a Guru, who is the real Teacher, an aspirant or seeker or spiritual aspirant dispels the darkness of ignorance as he gets into the light of wisdom.

Guru Purnima calls for the unconditional acceptance of whatever is kept in store for us. Guru Purnima is the day of Self-inquiry. Guru Purnima is the celebration of the realization of the Divinity within. Guru Purnima is the day of the experience of non-dualism. Guru Purnima is the day of our expression of gratitude to our Guru, the Teacher, the Eternal Charioteer, for all that we have received from Him.

Guru Purnima is the day to determine to take a particular path. “Yes, from now on, I’m going to be non-dual. From now on, I’m going to take to this spiritual path.” It is the day of dispelling the darkness of ignorance, awakening the light of spiritual wisdom, and letting in the sunlight of wisdom.



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