The Guru is a tatva – an element or quality that awakens within you. It is not limited to a body or form. The Guru comes into your life at the right time even if you refuse or rebel.
The full moon day in the month of Ashada, the fourth month in the traditional Hindu Lunar Calendar, is observed as Gurupoornima. This day is dedicated to Maharishi Veda Vyasa who rendered invaluable service to mankind by writing down the four Vedas, the eighteen Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Bhagavata.
We attach paramount importance to spiritual gurus. Gurus are often equated with God and always regarded as a link between the individual and the immortal. Just as the moon shines by reflecting the light of the sun and glorifies it, all disciples can dazzle like the moon by gaining from their Gurus.
On this day, all spiritual aspirants and devotees worship their Gurus and mothers in order to honour them, and all disciples perform “Matru pooja”. This pooja was conducted by Br. Jayashankar by praying to our divine mother Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, the Universal Mother and Guru. All the students performed matru pooja to their own mothers on this auspicious occasion. Prasadam was distributed to all the students and teachers. Apart from this pooja, many bhajans were also sung by Br. Jayashankar and our Principal Chitra ma, which created a devotional atmosphere. Food was served to all the students on this special day.
We celebrate Gurupoornima in order to express gratitude for the knowledge we have received from our master. A definite change happens inside us; gratitude and humility blossom together as a genuine prayer. The students of Amrita Vidyalayam prayed to their mothers with genuine, pure and transparent love and devotion.
A mother gives birth to a child, but a second birth happens through the Guru. A teacher gives us information, but the Guru gives us true awareness and awakened intelligence. Satguru Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi is a combination of both Mother and Guru; so we pray to her with love and affection.