Now a days many people claim to be a saint. Is there any method to differentiate real saint and fake saint.


A person can have only 1 Guru in his lifetime.

But if I come to know there is a saint and i want to go for his/her darshan then is it possible for me to identify that the person is saint or not. Because if that saint is not true then then I am wasting my time & energy.

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    one of the most difficult task on earth. Commented Jun 22, 2017 at 8:53
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    जे का रंजले गांजले, त्यासी म्हणे जो आपुलें तोचि साधु ओळखावा, देव तेथेंची जाणावा -Saint Shree Tukaram Maharaj. Commented Jun 22, 2017 at 9:09
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    True saints embrace anonymity. It is nearly impossible to recognize one. Those that court popularity have some distance to go towards sainthood.
    – user1195
    Commented Jun 22, 2017 at 10:32
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    one who live his/her life based on the technique of D^2 i.e. Dhyana (closing the eyes & peering into own mind) x Darshna(opening the eyes & peering into one`s soul ). He is rishi. Commented Jun 22, 2017 at 11:25
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    @sv. saint is different from Guru.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Jun 22, 2017 at 16:13

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By definition a Saintly person is dear to God so as Bhagwan says in Bhagwad Gita 12.20

ये तु धर्म्यामृतमिदं यथोक्तं पर्युपासते।

श्रद्दधाना मत्परमा भक्तास्तेऽतीव मे प्रियाः।।12.20।।

Those who follow this imperishable path of devotional service and who completely engage themselves with faith, making Me the supreme goal, are very, very dear to Me. BG 12.20

So from this we can conclude that a Bhakta is a saintly person or vice versa, from Bhagwad Gita verse 12.13 to 12.19 Bhagwan gives the characteristics of a Bhakta or a Noble man who is dear to him.

The characteristics/qualities of Noble man or a Saint/Sadhu are as follows

Refer BG-12.13

  • He never hates any being even though they hate him and do him wrong.

  • He is ‘friendly’, evincing a friendly disposition towards all beings whether they hate him or do him wrong.

  • He is free from the ‘feeling of mine’.

  • He is free from the feeling of ‘I’, i.e., is free from the delusion that his body is the self.

  • pain and pleasure are the same to him (inference from previous quality).

  • He is ‘enduring’, unaffected even by those two (i.e., pleasure and pain) due to the inevitable contact of sense-objects(refered to as Kshami).

Refer BG-12.14

  • He is ‘content’(santushta).

  • He ‘ever meditates,’ i.e., is constantly intent on contemplating on the self as separate from the body.

  • He is ‘self-restrained’, namely, he controls the activities of his mind.

  • He is of ‘firm conviction’ regarding the meanings taught in the science of the self.

Refer BG-12.15

  • He does not become the cause of ‘fear to the world’.

  • He has no cause to ‘fear the world’.

  • He is not in the habit of showing favour towards someone and intolerance towards others.

  • He has no fear of some or repulsion for others.


  • He has no longing for anything except the self.

  • Who is ‘pure’, namely, whose body is nourished on the food prescribed by the Sastras(refer BG-3.13).

  • Who is an expert in performing actions prescribed by the Sastras aka Dharma Vetta.

  • Who is ‘indifferent’, i.e., not interested in matters other than those enjoined by the Sastras.

  • Who is free from ‘agony’.

  • Who renounces all ‘undertakings,’ i.e., who renounces all undertakings except those demanded by the Sastras.

Refer BG-12.17

  • He who does not ‘rejoice’, i.e., that Karma Yogin, who, on obtaining things which cause joy to man, does not rejoice.

  • Who does not ‘hate’, does not hate on obtaining anything undesriable.

  • Who is not ‘grieved’ by common sorrows which cause grief among men.

  • Who ‘does not desire’ anything like fortune.

  • Who ‘renounces good and evil,’ i.e., who renounces both merit and demerit because, like demerit, merit also causes bondage, there being no difference between them in this respect.

Refer BG-12.18-12.19

  • The absence of hate etc., towards foes, friends etc.

  • he is ‘same even in honour and dishonour.’

  • Who is always free from contaminating association.

  • Who has no ‘home’, namely, who is not attached to home, etc.

  • Always silent and satisfied with anything.

  • Who is fixed in knowledge and who is engaged in devotional service.

If you ever encounter anyone with aforementioned qualities/characteristics fall onto his feet, and don't leave his feet until he shows you the Moksha Marga, Road that leads to enlightenment.

IMO very few gurus/spiritual leaders fall in this category and they are to be worshipped as gods, few examples are Bhagwad Ramanujacharya, Adi Shankaracharya, Vedanta Deshikacharya, Shri Hanuman, Shri Bheeshma, HatiRam Baba, current Sri Vaishnava and Advaita Mathadhipatis(Shankaracharyas) etc and the list goes on.

  • I totally agree by this. But these are the qualities of saint. Is there any way to figure that the person sitting in front of u is saint or fake. Coz there are many fake saint now a days. It is pretty difficult to identify a saint. Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 12:28
  • @PraveenGaikwad The person sitting infront of you cannot be judged in one meeting. You have to observe him, and for that you need to be a dharmajna yourself. If you agree that these are the qualifications for a saint then I suppose that is what you are looking for.
    – Yogi
    Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 13:50

The same question was asked to Lahiri Mahasaya by one of his devotees:

How to identify true saint?

He replied:

Those whose can place the tongue above the soft palate and into the nasal cavity are real saints.

The above mudra is known as Khechari Mudra which Paramahansa Yogananda described as:

Through the performance of Kechari Mudra, touching the tip of the tongue to the uvula, or "little tongue," (or placing it in the nasal cavity behind the uvula), that divine life-current draws the prana from the senses into the spine and draws it up through the chakras to Vaishvanara (Universal Spirit), uniting the consciousness with spirit.

Purana Purusha, Page No. 132

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  • Are you sure tālu means palate? Because this criteria can be fulfilled by any average Joe. Commented Jun 22, 2017 at 15:10
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    @Aghori Talu = palate, that's what Google returned but I just checked and realized that's incorrect so have edited the answer.
    – Pinakin
    Commented Jun 22, 2017 at 15:58
  • if I practice Khechari Mudra regularly then to it is possible for me to do it. I dont think it has to do any thing with physical activity. because if I search for Khechari Mudra on youtube there are many person doing it. I cannot say that all people are saint. Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 3:10
  • @PraveenGaikwad I don't think normal people can do Khechari Mudra by practice. It is learnt under the guidance of guru and there is something under the tongue that guru removes so that tongue can reach back there.
    – Pinakin
    Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 4:45

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