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The Story of Guru Purnima

This story teaches us that wisdom and knowledge are precious gifts that should be shared with others.

Keywords: Learning, Knowledge, Wisdom

The Story of Guru Purnima


Guru Purnima is a special day, on which we thank our teachers for sharing their knowledge with us and guiding us on the right path. A Guru or teacher helps us understand the deeper meanings of life and brings us closer to God.

Guru Purnima marks the birthday of one of the most respected Gurus in Indian history, Ved Vyasa. Guru Purnima is also known as Vyasa Purnima in honour of Ved Vyasa. He compiled the Vedas and wrote the Mahabharata and Puranas, thus spreading great knowledge through his work.

This story of Guru Purnima tells us about the birth of Ved Vyasa.

Once upon a time, there was a sage named Parashara. He was a great scholar and a wise man who spent much of his time studying and teaching others about the Vedas, scriptures filled with knowledge and wisdom.

One day, Sage Parashara was travelling near a river called Yamuna. He wanted to cross the river. He saw a woman named Satyavati, sitting beside a boat on the river bank. Satyavati was the daughter of a fisherman; she was very kind and intelligent.

Sage Parashara was very impressed by Satyavati's qualities. He knew their child would have great wisdom and knowledge. With her permission, Sage Parashara married Satyavati. Satyavati gave birth to a baby boy.

This child was not an ordinary boy, he was born with great qualities. Sage Parashara named him Krishna Dvaipayana. As Krishna Dvaipayana grew older, he became known as Ved Vyasa, which means the compiler of the Vedas.

Ved Vyasa grew up to be a wise and learned sage, just like his father. He dedicated his life to studying and preserving the timeless wisdom of the Vedas. He divided the Vedas into four parts – Rigveda, Samaveda, Yajurveda, and Atharvaveda – to make them easier for people to understand and follow.

Ved Vyasa taught many disciples and spread knowledge among ordinary people. His teachings and writings inspire people to respect wisdom, seek learning, and share knowledge with others.

On Guru Purnima, we honour teachers like Ved Vyasa who have made a significant contribution to educating people.

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Source: Brahm Purana

नमोऽस्तु ते व्यास विशालबुद्धे फुल्लारविन्दायतपत्र्नेत्रब ।

येन त्वया भारततैलपूर्णः प्रज्वालितो ज्ञानमयः प्रदीपः ।।

Namo astu te vyasa vishalabuddhe phullaravindayatapatrnetrab
Yena tvaya bharatatailapurnah prajvalito jnanamayah pradipah

This shloka shows respect to Ved Vyasa, praising him as the one who spreads knowledge that brightens our hearts and minds.

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