Vyas Purnima is celebrated in worshipping Guru Ved Vyas. His parents were Parashar Rishi and Matsyagandha. Ved Vyas is remembered on this day because he had taken on the great task of actually classifying the Vedas. In ancient times, people passed on the Vedas from one generation to the next by word of mouth, but Ved Vyas collected them so that they could be read. He also wrote the Mahabharat and Shrimad Bhagwat. Since he provided the world with such great knowledge, he is known as the original Guru of Hindu Dharma.
Vyas Purnima, which is now more commonly known as Guru Purnima is celebrated in respect to all Gurus. On Vyas Purnima, the shishya (student or devotee) offers pujan to the Guru. In Sanskrit, ‘Gu’ means darkness and ‘Ru’ is to remove the darkness. A Guru is one who removes the darkness from our life and gives us knowledge. A Guru teaches us the right path to reach God.
We sing the shlok: Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Gururdevo Maheshwaraha
Guruhu sakshat Parambrahma tasmai Shri gurave namaha.
It means that the Guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Shiv and through him God, or Parabrahma is present. This shlok shows the importance of a Guru in our lives. It is only through a Guru that we can reach God.
On Guru Purnima, we should remember and offer devotion to our beloved Guru, His Divine Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj. He is the only one that can teach us right from wrong and how to correctly live our lives. Pramukh Swami Maharaj gives us true knowledge and brings us out of darkness. For us, darkness comes in the form of television, eating out, going to the theatre and chatting, which take us further away from Maharaj. We should pray so that we are able to follow Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s commands by which we can earn his blessings.