Guru Purnima 2021: There are many views in every sect about celebrating Guru Purnima. It is related to yoga practice and yoga vidya. It is believed on Guru Purnima, Shiva became Adiguru (the first Guru of the earth). A yogi emerged in the Himalayas about 15,000 years ago from today. Nobody knew anything about him. But this yogi was none other than Lord Shiva himself. The simple-looking yogi had a sharp and extraordinary personality.
There was no sign of life when one saw him. But sometimes he used to shed tears of ecstasy. People did not understand the reason for this. Exhausted, he slowly started going, but seven determined men stayed. When Shiva opened his eyes, those seven people wanted to know about him. The seven men wanted to experience ecstasy. Lord Shiva ignored their request and told them that they were not yet ready to experience ecstasy.
He told those seven men the methods of meditation and became engrossed in meditation. Many days and years passed, but Shiva did not pay attention to the seven men. After 84 years of spiritual practice, at the time of Dakshinayan in the summer solstice, Shiva incarnated as a yogi saw them and found that all seven persons were ready to attain knowledge. He realized that there could not be any delay in imparting knowledge to them. On the next full moon day, Shiva accepted to be their guru. After this, Shiva turned towards the south and sat down, and passed on the science of yoga to these seven men. These seven men were later known as Saptarishi. This is the reason why Lord Shiva is also called Adiyogi or Adiguru.
– Buddhism :
After attaining enlightenment, when Buddha became Gautam Buddha from Siddhartha, he got five companions. Buddha gave the first sermon to these five at Sarnath on the day of Ashadha Purnima, which was also known as Dharmachakra Pravartan. This is why Guru Purnima is also celebrated by the followers of Buddhism.
– Jainism :
In Jainism, it is said that the 24th Tirthankara Mahavir Swami made Indrabhuti Gautam of Gandhara his first disciple. For this reason he was also called Trinoka Guha. It means first Guru. Since then, Jains also call it Trinoka Guha Purnima.