Gurubrahma Guruvishnu Gururdevo Maheshwaraha |
Guruhu sakshaat Parambrahman tasmai Shrigurave namaha ||
This is a well known Sanskrit shloka that has been taught to us when we were kids which tells the importance and revelation of a Guru. This shloka means Guru ( a teacher) is a representative of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahadeo. Also he helps us to remove ignorance in our life by imparting knowledge. I offer my salutations to the Guru.
Guru Purnima falls in the Hindu month of Ashadh. As a child on this day our Marathi teacher would make us chant the above shloka and would ask us to offer her a coconut that she herself would bring to school. It was a gesture to offer blessings to the students. On this day people pay respect to their Gurus be it the three headed Datta deity the incarnation of the trinity – Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh or Sai Baba. You could find kirthankars singing songs in praise of the Gurus and the trinity.
A Keertan is a call and response chanting that is performed in a group. Traditional instruments are used in this performance – taal (cymbals), veena and the mrudang are few to name. The leader would normally be found standing in the center singing or giving discourses with the accompanists around him.
|Leader with the Veena|
Sant Namdeo and Samarth Ramdass (Guru of Chatrapati Shivaji) are the well known Keerthankars of Maharashtra. A salute to all my teachers and every individual who has showed me the spark of knowledge in some phase of my life.