This day, Guru Purnima, is the greatest day in my life. Let me tell you something about this day, Guru Purnima. Purnima means full moon. On this day Buddha was enlightened. That’s why this day is considered to be a great day.

First, the word “guru.” What does it mean? What is the status of guru in daily life? Is it necessary for one to have a guru?

The word “guru,” means “one who dispels the darkness of ignorance of the student.” So he, who guides you, is called guru. Actually, the word guru is a tattwa. It’s a stream of knowledge. Guru means knowledge, means enlightenment, so that you become aware of your goal of life. Once you become aware of the goal of life, sooner or later you’ll be there. Learn to enjoy life here, and at the same time remember the Lord within.

Where do you search for such a man, such a person? The tradition says, you don’t have to run here and there for doing that. Simply you should have a flame of love within yourself, a burning desire to search. Don’t stop seeking. The day you have stopped seeking, you have closed the door of learning. It’s not necessary for you to have a college education for searching and seeking the Absolute Truth. It’s good if you are educated, are successful in the world, communicating well with others, being intellectual. But that is not enough, it does not satisfy.

And it is said that when the student is prepared, the teacher appears. Teacher comes. What should your relationship be with the teacher? The teacher teaches you in many ways. That which is good for you, you should take. That which is helpful for you, you should accept. That which is not, leave it there.

We forget the true aim of our life and get involved, “this is mine, this is not mine.” Have everything. Don’t deny yourself. But don’t forget the ultimate Reality, your goal. Then, whatever you have, you’ll enjoy those things. You’ll make them as means. So teacher says, “You should know how to live in the world. Learn to enjoy the world. World is not enjoyed by cowards. Vira bhogya vasundhara.” The world is enjoyed only by one who is brave, who can face life. Life is not a bed of roses. And if you think it is a bed of roses, remember roses have thorns, too. A good competent teacher prepares his student, keeps that fire alive, makes him aware that the aim of life should not be forgotten. Enjoy all the things of the world, make them means. Nothing is an end in itself, not wealth, not beauty, not name and fame, not even learning. The true goal is that peace and happiness which is everlasting. Teacher leads you and introduces you to the path of light which is inward. That light is higher than sun, moon, and stars. That light is mingled with consciousness. It is not a dumb light. It’s not the light of the bulb. It’s not the light of the sun, moon, or stars. It is the light of inner intelligence and brilliance. And where is it? Is it outside you? No. It’s within you. He leads you on the path of contemplation, meditation and prayer. The knowledge that flows through the guru does not belong to him. But he is only a transmitter and receiver. That someone who has become receiver and transmitter is also called guru. But actually, guru, highest of all truths, is within you, from where the source of brilliance and intelligence flows on various degrees and grades. This outer guru, a competent teacher guides you through his scriptural knowledge and experience and makes you aware of the guru within you. He helps you, and always forgives you, no matter what you do.

Best student is he who takes from the teacher—not he who gives. The scripture also tells you, what you should give to your teacher. You give dry twigs—a bundle of dry twigs to your teacher. That’s the symbol that “I have nothing to give you. You don’t need anything for yourself. I know I cannot do anything for you. These dry twigs represent my karmas. There are some samskaras which are very hard on me, trouble me, torture me. Will you please burn them?” Has he got power to do this? Yes. But it’s not his power. He uses the power of the tradition to help the student. It’s not his power.

I have all my prayers for you. I love you very much. You can never imagine how much I can love you. Your love is scattered—wife, children, this and that. You are all my children. I love you more than you can love your children. You can test me. I am not seducing you; I’m just trying to tell you the truth. I’ve been trying my best to give the quality of love I received from my master, but I don’t have that capacity. He took care of me from the age of three, bringing me up with so much love but would not even accept a glass of water or even a flower from me. If you love me, I value that more than if you give me something. If you are working with yourself, I think you love me more. Start working spiritually with yourself.

According to our tradition, it’s a promise by the great masters, that if you are on the path, the obstacles therein will be removed and you’ll get strength. Persistently follow your path of light. It’s not a religion. It’s a spiritual path, inward path. Don’t be afraid. I never teach any religion. People should follow their own religion. What I teach is a philosophy of life, learning to understand yourself, learning to have control over your mind and its modifications, learning to be aware of the truth. And from within I am free that I am not obliging you by imparting the knowledge which is given to me by the great sages. This is not mine. I am only an instrument.

So this day, Guru Purnima is a full moon day. Full moon is a symbol of complete enlightenment. This day we celebrate to remind ourselves that the aim of life is to attain spirituality. All the things, all the means we have in the world, they should be applied to attain that. This is my message to you. I want to pray for you, and I’ll pray for you, and I love you.

God bless you. Peace, peace, peace.