Guru Poornima is a Hindu, Jain and Buddhist holy day devoted to honouring the Guru, the spiritual guide and teacher who removes the darkness of ignorance replacing it with the light of wisdom – the wisdom of the true pursuit of humanity. Buddhists usually offer the day to the Lord Buddha, Hindus may offer it to their personal spiritual guide and/or the legendary guru Vyasa, traditionally attributed to be the writer of many of the great works on Hindu spirituality. Members of the Sathya Sai organisations honour Sathya Sai Baba on this day for the love, guidance and wisdom He has given them.
The Guru plays an important role in the life of spiritual aspirants who seek truth from them and acquire knowledge about the spiritual realm. They are able to shape their lives based on the teachings and advice of these Gurus who teach and guide by their direct experience. Gurus are considered to represent God himself. Sai Baba says,
‘The Guru’s role is to lead the disciple on the Godward path. He must teach the disciple the true purpose for which each of his sense organs is to be used – his eyes, his tongue, and his limbs. All the senses are to be used for discovering and experiencing the Divine. – Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol 17.14.
Whilst the guru may take an outward form, Sai Baba teaches that the true guru leads us to find the guru within, God.
‘The best teacher is one’s own heart. Time is the best preceptor and awakener; the world is the best scripture; God is the best friend for man. So there is no need to wander in search of a Guru (Preceptor). Learn lessons from every living being, everything that you find around you. Learn faithfulness and gratitude from the dog, patience and fortitude from the donkey, perseverance from the spider, farsightedness from the ant and monogamy from the owl… Revere the Universe as your Guru. – – Sathya Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 15.15
Guru Poornima falls this year on Sunday, 9 July 2017. The day will be observed at different times as convenient by the special unity functions by our state regions and individual groups. Please refer below for the appropriate flyer available for download. If no flyer is available, refer to the list of locations on the home page to make enquiries.