Guru Purn­ima Fes­ti­val 2020

Fiji Sun - - COMMENT -


Yes­ter­day, was a full moon day and Hin­dus around the world cel­e­brated the fes­ti­val of Guru Purn­ima.

It is a day ded­i­cated to hon­our, revere and re­mem­ber af­fec­tion­ately the role gu­rus (Teachers) have played in mould­ing the lives of stu­dents. Par­tic­u­larly those gu­rus who have had great im­pact in mould­ing the ca­reer path of their stu­dents.

Guru is a San­skrit word, which stands for: gu=dark­ness or ig­no­rance and ru=re­mover. Thus, guru is some­one who is re­spon­si­ble for im­part­ing knowl­edge (Light) to re­move dark­ness or ig­no­rance. There­fore the role of a guru (Teacher) can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated. A de­voted guru can mo­ti­vate and inspire stu­dents to reach the heights of glory in academia. A spir­i­tual guru can mo­ti­vate his/ her stu­dents to get lib­er­ated and reach mok­sha (free­dom from bondage).

Our moth­ers are con­sid­ered to be the first guru and give us the right san­skaras (sacra­ments), which will en­able us to face the chal­lenges of life.

The sec­ond guru is the fa­ther, who is re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing the right en­vi­ron­ment in the home where the child gets holis­tic up­bring­ing.

The third guru is the fam­ily priest, who also has a great im­pact in mould­ing the life of a child by giv­ing him/her a spir­i­tual di­men­sion in life.

And fi­nally, the teacher in the class­room or a lec­turer at a lec­ture the­atre has a de­ci­sive role to play in a stu­dent’s suc­cess story. On this day, peo­ple re­mem­ber their teachers at kinder­gartens, pri­mary schools, sec­ondary schools and at ter­tiary level. They pray for the health and hap­pi­ness of their teachers and fondly re­mem­ber the won­der­ful days they spent in their care. The bond of love and re­spect be­tween the teacher and the taught is sa­cred. It is for this rea­son teachers are ven­er­ated.

May I wish all Hin­dus a very happy and mem­o­rable Guru Purn­ima Fes­ti­val.

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