AN ACHARYA gives shiksha or knowledge. But a Guru gives diksha. Diksha means the height of awareness. A Guru does not simply stuff you with knowledge but the kindles the life force in you. In his presence you become more alive.

The Guru invokes the intelligence in you. Not just the intellect, but the pinnacle of intellect, which is awakened intelligence. So the Guru awakens intelligence. That is diksha.

The full moon is a symbol of completion, of celebration. Guru Purnima is considered the day when the disciple blooms in his fullness and in that fullness he cannot but be grateful. But that gratitude is not one of dvaita(duality) but of advita (oneness). It is not the river moving from somewhere to somewhere, it is the ocean, moving within itself.

Guru Purnima called the day of the Master, is actually the day of the devotee. It is the day to feel grateful for the great knowledge received from your Master. Guru Purnima is the time to come in fullness?.

Guru Purnima is also the day when disciples look back at their change and development in the past year. They assess the lessons they have learnt and their progress in knowledge. This may bring humility. And gratitude and humility together bring forth a genuine prayer inside the disciple.

Guru is a tatva ? an element, a quality inside you. It is not limited to a body or form. Life is an ocean of love. Float the lam of knowledge in it. Let seven the knowledge be swept away in the ocean of love. The ego that comes out of truth and knowledge is dangerous? a sense or righteousness makes you hard. So in the wave of devotion and love let even the knowledge wash away.

By Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, published in innvervoice column of The Hindustan Times.