Guru Poornima, a festival dedicated to all the gurus, is a nice way of valuing the importance of a guru or teacher. The festival of guru purnima is also celebrated by the people who follow Buddhism along with Hindus. The great festival of guru purnima is also known as the Vyasa Poornima in Hinduism. Guru Veda Vyasa is known to be one of the most enlightened gurus of Indian history. The celebrations of the Guru Purnima are devoted to memorize and respect guru Veda Vyasa. Commemorating Veda Vyasa and his efforts on Guru Poornima is the purpose of Hindus, whereas the Buddhists believe that the first sermon was delivered by Lord Buddha on this very day. Guru Purnima, the birth anniversary of Veda Vyasa is celebrated once in a year. It is the day that is awaited by many gurus, disciples and the followers of righteousness. The value and importance of a guru is known to all and that is why people deliberately get involved in the celebrations of Guru Poornima. The method of paying tribute to the Guru Veda Vyasa and Lord Buddha are different as per the religion but the motive is all same and that is to honor the person who dedicated all their life for the betterment of people.
The people in Hinduism are quite enthusiastic in their celebrations and they organize different events but the Buddhists are the ones who spend most of their time in meditating during guru purnima. It doesn't matter what road a person choose as long as his only aim is to show his respect toward their Guru or lord. In many parts of the country students are offered food and charanamrit as prasad after worshipping the Guru Vyasa. Students usually show their gratitude in the form of various gifts and wishes. In today's time the culture of wishing through SMS and greeting is very common. Some students who are highly dedicated to their teacher prepare the gift all by themselves to please their teacher. A teacher or guru in the culture like Hindu and Buddhism is given high importance. It is considered that a guru has a major role in developing a child's personality and he can impart his wisdom for better use. Therefore the festival of Guru Purnima holds great significance.
Veda Vyasa and Lord Buddha were those enlightened people who didn't keep the wisdom intact to themselves. But, they chose to pass on their wisdom and knowledge to the people so that a better society could be developed. It is not an easy task to go through the Vedas and Puranas for an ordinary man. Hence, Veda Vyasa made it easier by subdividing the Vedas into four parts. Not only this, but Veda Vyasa is also the writer of great epic 'Mahabharata'. Veda Vyasa and Lord Buddha didn't cease at any step and kept on moving on in the direction of making human life worth living. Veda Vyasa imparted his knowledge and principles to some of his disciples and enlightened Lord Buddha did the same too. In the form of other enlightened people, their legacy was being carried forward successfully. Even today many people are firm followers of the morals of Veda Vyasa and they believe in walking through the path shown by him. That is why the glory of the festival of guru purnima still shines and will shine till eternity.