Guru Brahma Gurur Vishnuh Gurudevo Maheshwarah Guruh sakshat Para Brahma Tasmai Shree Gurave namah
* meaning, Guru Brahma ... is the creator. What does He create? He creates your interest. He creates motivation. He creates that light, that wisdom within you.
Guru Brahma, Gurur Vishnuh ... is the protector. He protects us from all negative energies. He protects us from all negative powers, from all evil powers. He protects us from bad society, from kusanga. He protects us and leads us to the satsanga.
Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, Gururdevo Maheshwara ... and He is the protector and the liberator. Some say Shiva is the destroyer. Destroyer means the destroyer of the darkness, destroyer of the ignorance, destroyer of the negative waves in our life, the destroyer of the negative thoughts.
Dhakshina Moorthaye Namahah!
Guru is nothing but the Supreme Brahman devoid of attributes.
That is the reason why we bow to the Guru.
Shiva is the first Guru,
Who leads us from darkness in to the world of illuminated knowledge.
He is the bank of all sorts of knowledge.
Let me salute him in the form of Dakshina Murty.
Friends, today is being celebrated as 'Guru Purnima': a day to think of all our teachers and thank them.
Guru Shishya parampara starts from Shiva and continues through Lord Krishna, Veda Vyasa.....Bhagawan Buddha..........Shankaracharya, Ramanujacharya, Madhwacharya.......Jesus, Mohammed, Mahaveera, Nanak, Basavanna, Sai.....and so on. Lets celebrate the day with our grateful Naman to these teachers.
* wanted to add some of my personal associations with teachers, but since that would take some more time to get formulated here, I wished to publish this in its current form on this auspecious day.
One more interesting reading is provided here. It raises a question whether the teacher-student relation is in strain.