Guru Purnima (Sanskrit: गुरु पूर्णिमा) is a festival dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers. This festival is traditionally celebrated to pay their respects to their teachers and express their gratitude. The festival is celebrated on the full moon day (Purnima) in the month of Ashadha (June–July).
The celebration is marked by ritualistic respect to the guru, Guru Puja. The Guru Principle is said to be a thousand times more active on the day of Guru purnima than on any other day. The word guru is derived from two words, guand ru. The Sanskrit root gu means darkness or ignorance, and ru denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore, a guru is one who removes the darkness of our ignorance. Gurus are believed by many to be the most necessary part of life. On this day, disciples offer puja (worship) or pay respect to their guru.
This year at Kripa Foundation, Kripa vasai had the opportunity to pay their respects to Fr. Joe on behalf of the entire kripa Family Globally.
On 31st July 2015, Kripa Vasai commemorated Guru Purnima to Rev. Fr. Joe at the centre itself, amidst a gathering of patients and staff.
Fr. Joe was welcomed by the traditional "Aarti", followed by a presentation of a card signed by the kripa Family of clients and staff , followed by presenting a shawl by one of the senior recoveries Rocky D. Mr. Amit Patel of VRACS took an oath along with the entire community promising to make an attempt to walk in the pathway of Fr. Joe and his teachings.
Fr, Joe in the keynote address spoke so powerfully touching each one enlightening them on his work and what he expects of them to work in the field of Addiction and HIV care summarizing his speech that although he was a Guru to many worldwide he said with all humility that his supreme Yogi was Lord Jesus.
Indeed a Real Guru.
The program was well organised under the leadership of Ms. Jean Pereira, Mousin, Vijay and the Kripa Staff and a grand success.