Guru Purnima

 Guru Purnima is a day celebrated each year to express gratitude upon the Guru. It is a pure full moon day of the Hindu calendar, usually coinciding with July of the English calendar. The Guru is very important in learning Indian Classical Music, and a large amount of their material has been passed down through generations.

 

The gurukul is a type of an ancient Indian school in which the students lived inside the premises, in close proximity to the guru (teacher). The student not only learns from the guru but also helps the guru in his day-to-day life, helps doing mundane chores such as washing clothes, cooking, etc. The guru is much more than just a teacher; he is a parent, a guide, even a philosopher, encouraging the pupil to imbibe crucial moral values.

 

“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.”