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Devotees' day

india Updated: Jul 23, 2010 01:18 IST
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Guru Purnima (on July 25) is the day when devotees celebrate their devotion and rejoice in their relationship with knowledge. Guru is a tattva - an element, a quality inside you- not limited to a body or form.

A Guru does not simply fill you with knowledge, but kindles the life force in you. Mother is our first Guru. Our teachers are our second Guru. And one who gives knowledge of the truth is the Satguru.

There are three types of people who come to the guru - the student, the disciple and the devotee. A student goes to a teacher, learns something, and leaves. A disciple follows the example of the master for the sake of learning wisdom, and attaining enlightenment. Then there is a devotee who is not there for wisdom but is simply rejoicing in deep love with knowledge, infinity and God.

Students are in abundance, disciples are a few, but devotees are rare. When one of Buddha's disciples Sariputra, got enlightened, Buddha told him, "Now go into the world and carry on my work”. Sariputra left, but he was crying. When people asked him why, he said, "Who cares about enlightenment, it could have waited. The joy of being a devotee and at the feet of the Buddha was so great. I would have preferred that to enlightenment".

This Love of the devotee is something that even the Divine rejoices in. So when a devotee flowers on this planet, God is happy. That is why, when Krishna was leaving his body, he told his friend Uddhava, with tears in his eyes, "Go and tell my devotees that only they can free me of their gratitude and love. Where my devotees sing, I am right there".

This Guru Purnima, give Divinity the gift of your devotion. Assess the lessons you have learnt and your growth. Infinity longs for you as much as you long for it. Realising your true nature, you will transcend all barriers and enter the realm of the true self.