(Translation of a discourse on "Guru-tatva Ki Mahima Aur Garima"Delivered by Rev. Guruedev Shriram Sharma Acharya on Guru Purnima, 1981)
Let us begin with the collective chanting of the Gayatri
"Om Bhur Buvah Swah, Tatsaviturvarenyam Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi, Dhiyo Yonah Pracodayat |"
Sisters and Brothers,
This auspicious festival of Guru
Purnima is meant for awakening, establishing and nurturing the power of sraddha in the inner self and orienting it in chiseled transmutation of personality with prudent determination. But please do not confuse sraddha with blind faith or emotional tide of hallucination during devotional practices. Sraddha in the truest sense is – unflinching, intrinsic faith in the eternal, omnipresent order of the Almighty and the inner urge for zealous endeavor and dedication for achievement of noble aims.
Guru Purnima is an occasion of inculcation and expansion of the sraddha of the disciple for his Guru. "Guru" means the inner voice of the soul, which is a representative of God. Sraddha is supreme among the three perennial powers bestowed upon human life. Let us look at these powers that originate and govern the evolution of consciousness.
There are only three siddhis
(supernormal potentials); only three preeminent powers in this world. The gamut of activities of life, its ascent and majestic expression and fulfillment is driven by these three powers of Consciousness
Force. These are the powers of – srama (vigorous physical and mental labor, enterprising diligence), gyana (knowledge, enlightened thinking) and sraddha. Whatever benefits and joy we attain are acquired by means of these powers only. The edifice of a fulfilled life rests upon these three foundational pillars.
Gurutatva is the sublime element of spirituality
that inspires, illuminates and activates these powers in a devout sadhaka
and devotee. A true Guru
is a spiritually enlightened master, a noble guide whose being is a concrete and visible manifestation of the gurutatva.
The power of srama is bestowed by the Almighty in the vitality, vigor and enormous potentials of our (physical) body. This is essential for success and progress in all walks of life. The Earth was there in Primordial Age too. Even at that time, it possessed all the treasure of Nature that it does today. It is only the dedicated srama of mankind that discovered and harvested the treasures of crops, minerals, oils, jewels and a wide variety of other natural resources and enabled the dawn and multifaceted ascent of civilization on this planet. This is the root, the essence of history of evolution of life on this planet.