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The full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August) is observed as Guru Purnima, an auspicious occasion to celebrate the guru. This year it falls on July 22.

Guru Purnima is a day sacred to the memory of the great sage Vyasa, the guru of gurus and 'father of our scriptures'. All Hindus are indebted to this ancient saint who edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata.

Learn more about its significance and how to celebrate this auspicious moment.

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July 5, 2012 at 12:09 am
(1) saral vandana says:

Hindus observe the full moon day in the month of Ashad (July-August) as Guru Purnima. Also known as Vyas Purnima and is celebrated as the great sage Vyasa’s birthday.
Legend
This was the day, when Krishna-dwaipayana Vyasa – author of the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata – was born to sage Parashara and fisher woman Satyavati, thus this day is also celebrated as Vyasa Purnima. Veda Vyasa, did yeoman service to the cause of Vedic studies by gathering all the Vedic hymns extant during his times, dividing them into four parts based on their use in the sacrificial rites, and teaching them to his four chief disciples – Paila, Vaisampayana, Jaimini and Sumantu.
He divided the Veda into four, namely Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva. The histories and the Puranas are said to be the fifth Veda – Brahmanda Purana. He is also the author of the Brahma Sutras – the essence of Vedanta. Vyasa even taught Dattatreya, who is regarded as the Guru of Gurus.
Significance
The day of Guru Purnima has great significance for spiritual sadhaks and farmers. All spiritual aspirants and devotees worship Vyasa in honour of his divine personage.
After bath, worship the lotus feet of your Guru, or his image or picture with flowers, fruits, incense and camphor. Fast or take only milk and fruits the whole day. In the afternoon, sit with other devotees of your Guru and discuss with them the glories and teachings of your Guru.
The day also finds a great importance for farmers. The period ‘Chaturmas’ (“four months”) begins from this day. The water, drawn up and stored as clouds in the hot summer, now manifests in plentiful showers that brings fresh life everywhere.

If you wish to perform Guru Purnima Puja – go
http://saralvandana.org/index.php/hindipujas/vrats -a-kathas?view=helloworlds&id=51&layout=view

and watch the pray-along videos to perform your puja.

Source: http://www.saralvandana.org
Worlds Biggest Hinduism Resource

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