How should we offer our gratitude to the Guru? – Divine Discourse Summary – Guru Purnima, July 09, 2017

Today is a great sacred festival day. We refer to this festival as Gurupurnima or Vyasapurnima. In the word ‘Guru’, ‘Gu’ represents darkness and ‘Ru’ represents one who removes it. Therefore, Guru is one who removes darkness. When we remove this darkness of ignorance, we see the full moon rise.

Man is a synthesis or a combination of three principles- body, mind and the Atma. The body is inert – that is the earth. The mind represents the moon, which is there. In fact, the Atmic principle is the ever shining, ever effulgent sun. It is because of the light of the Atma that mind shines. When body consciousness intervenes between the Atma and the mind, we see the new moon day. Because of the ignorance that ‘I am the body’, we see complete darkness. When we realise the truth that ‘I am not the body but I am the Divine, I am the Atma, I am the Brahma’, then comes the full moon. If we have to enjoy the full moon day within ourselves, we need to give up the narrow feelings of ‘I’ and ‘mine’. Selfishness which is born out of ignorance leads us to compete darkness. Guru is one who removes the darkness of ignorance and fills us with the light of wisdom. Ignorance is darkness, and we proclaim this darkness represents ignorance. Guru with the instrument of wisdom, makes our eyes open and see the light of wisdom.  

Spiritual journey is from the body to the Atma. It is the ultimate goal of life that we move from body consciousness to Divine consciousness. It is the Guru who guides us to move from body consciousness to Divine consciousness. The gratitude to Guru is not just keeping a photograph of our Guru, lighting the lamps, worshipping Him and distributing Prasadam. That is not gratitude. What does a true disciple do? He will practise the teachings of his Guru and demonstrate them.

There are four great declarations of the Vedas. If you understand these four sentences, it is good enough. You will not have to study the Vedas. If you can practise the essence of these four declarations, that is – Aham Brahmasmi, Tat Tvam Asi, Prajnam Brahma, Ayam Atma Brahma. When we understand the truth that ‘I am God, I am Brahma, I am Divine’, then whatever you do will find fulfilment. One who has sincerity will attain wisdom. One who has complete faith in the Guru and love for Him, He will attain complete wisdom. When Swami proclaims that ‘You are Divine, you are God’, just develop faith in those words, it cannot be untruth.