GururBrahma GururVishnu GururDevo Maheshwaraha I
Guru Saakshaat ParaBrahma Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha II

Guru is the Creator (Brahma), Guru is the Preserver (Vishnu), Guru is Destroyer(Maheshwara).
Guru is the absolute Lord himself, Salutations to that Sri Guru.

The full moon that falls on the lunar month of Ashadha is celebrated as Guru Purnima or the full moon where you pay respects to your Guru or your teachers. This day is mainly known as Vyasa Purnima in reverence of the wise Vedic Sage Veda Vyasa, who organized the Vedas and narrated Mahabharata to Ganesha in addition to various other texts.

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There are various definitions of 'Guru' the one who takes you towards light away from darkness or helps support your inner journey.

A lot of these wonderful people shape our journeys, sometimes whether they are aware or not. Our first Gurus are our parents who shape everything we know about the world, they give us all they can right from their genetics to their experiences in the world and then our journey continues via various teachers, professors, friends, colleagues, spouses, kids, families etc.

So today is a day to honour not just these wonderful people but also your journey. Every person that has touched your life in some way has taught you lessons you were meant to learn whether the experience you felt was pleasant or unpleasant. Along with paying respects to your teachers today, take some time to thank every person that you have met on your journey- every person that taught you a bit....every person that helped open up your heart a bit and control your ego a little bit.

Below is the link to the story of Lord Dattatreya and his 24 Gurus. Lord Dattareya is known as the Guru of all Gurus, born with aspects of the Holy Trinity - Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. He is said to have started his inner journey by observing 24 (most unlikely) gurus and obtained self realization.