On the eve of Guru Purnima, I would like to extend it’s heartiest respect and gratitude to all the great Gurus of the world. We use the word ‘Guru’ for a Guru is much more than a teacher. To quote one such Guru, Shri K. Siddhartha: A teacher takes responsibility for your growth. A Guru makes you responsible for your growth. A teacher gives you things you do not have and require. A Guru takes away things you have and do not require. A teacher answers your questions. A Guru questions your answers. A teacher helps you get out of the maze. A Guru destroys the maze. A teacher requires obedience and discipline from the pupil. A Guru requires trust and humility from the pupil. A teacher clothes you and prepares you for the outer journey. A Guru strips you naked and prepares you for the inner journey. A teacher is a guide on the path. A Guru is a pointer to the way. A teacher sends you on the road to success. A Guru sends you on the road to freedom. A teacher explains the world and its nature to you. A Guru explains yourself and your nature to you. A teacher makes you understand how to move about in the world. A Guru shows you where you stand in relation to the world. A teacher gives you knowledge and boosts your ego. A Guru takes away your knowledge and punctures your ego. A teacher instructs you. A Guru constructs you. A teacher sharpens your mind. A Guru opens your mind. A teacher shows you the way to prosperity. A Guru shows you the way to posterity. A teacher reaches your mind. A Guru touches your spirit. A teacher gives you knowledge. A Guru makes you wise. A teacher gives you maturity. A Guru returns you to innocence. A teacher instructs you on how to solve problems. A Guru shows you how to resolve issues. A teacher is a systematic thinker. A Guru is a lateral thinker. A teacher will punish you with a stick. A Guru will punish you with compassion. A teacher is to pupil what a father is to son. A Guru is to pupil what mother is to her child. One can always find a teacher. But a Guru has to find and accept you. A teacher leads you by the hand. A Guru leads you by example. When a teacher finishes with you, you celebrate. When a Guru finishes with you, life celebrates. When the course is over you are thankful to the teacher. When the discourse is over you are grateful to the Guru. I feel happy to have conveyed this message to you. We wish you internalize the teachings of your Guru and become what you always aspired for.. Thanks.