Guru Purnima is celebrated in India and Nepal by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists. Guru Purnima is celebrated to show respect to your teachers . The etymology of the word ‘Guru’ comes from Sanskrit word ‘gu’ which means darkness and ‘ru’ and it means the one who removes darkness. ‘Purnima’ means Full Moon and that’s why Guru Purnima is celebrated on the day of Full Moon . If we start to think about our gurus or teachers then our first and best teachers are our parents and Guru Purnima should be celebrated as a gratitude to our parents. Guru Purnima – Significance and History goes back a long way in the history of Hinduism.
The story goes around 15000 years ago, when people noticed a Yogi in the Himalayas. The strange things about that is that he looked lifeless but in between people could see tears rolling down his eyes and that made people more curious and more people gathered around him. The Yogi never opened eyes and gradually people started moving away and there were only seven men who stayed and watched the yogi and stood there. Finally the yogi opened his eyes and the seven men requested him to tell what he experienced, but yogi refused to tell anything and closed his eyes again. After 84 years of meditation when yogi opened his eyes again and saw these seven men were shining like stars and then on full moon, he decided to become guru for these men and Lord Shiva was the yogi and he was known as the ‘Adiguru’ which means the first guru and the seven men were later known as ‘Saptrishi’ and they gave the knowledge to the world.
Guru Purnima should be celebrated to show our respect to our teachers or gurus who gave us the Wisdom. Books can give is Knowledge but it is only the Guru that can give you Wisdom. Knowledge without Wisdom is just like body without soul.