On the most auspicious occasion of Guru Poornima, how should we experience the Divine Guru’s presence? Bhagawan gives us his precious message.
Guru Poornima is observed today. Guru means Big. Guru also has another meaning: “Gu” means darkness and “Ru” means dispelling. “Guru” means “One who dispels darkness” (the preceptor who dispels the darkness of ignorance). Guru Poornima is the day on which one celebrates the dispersal of the darkness of ignorance from the mind. Hence, people should fill their minds with the all-embracing Love Principle. To experience the fullness of Love, you have to fill your hearts completely with Love. That will be the result of total devotion. But today, devotion is not total. Hence, the benefit also is partial. Part-time devotees cannot expect total reward! The Lord confers full grace on those whose hearts are totally filled with devotion. Spiritual aspirants may follow any one of the nine paths of devotion and realise the Divine. Among these, the attitude of friendship towards God is the one to be cherished because God is the only true and enduring friend for everyone!
– Divine Discourse, Jul 22, 1994.