How one can make any God as one's guru? What is the procedure? Provided one is unable to find/get a Guru due to many reasons. E.g, I am interested in Kashmiri Shaivism but it is very difficult to find Guru being busy in the Job. And also when I can't wait.

Note: Any god is acceptable, I will just consider him/her Guru & continue my Sadhna according to Kashmiri Shaivism.

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    I have never read anything of that sort so far. I mean the procedure. But I have seen that accepting Gods as Gurus is a possibility in one website. You told me earlier that RYT have mentioned the process.
    – Rickross
    Commented Oct 23, 2017 at 6:07
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    Yes @Rickross It has mentioned I think. But there Scripture is made guru. Commented Oct 23, 2017 at 6:11
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    @rickross "Also i don't think the rule will work for you." Why not? If someone want to make their Lord to be his/her Guru, then what's the problem? I have read somewhere that in which form we worship our lord, we gets our Lord in that same form. For ex. People worship Lord in diff form like as Father, son, friend, husband etc. And they got Lord in the same form. Then why we can't accept Lord as our Guru since we can accept as all other relations? I personally has thought in mind to consider Hanuman as my Guru because I want only Hanuman as guru, no one else. So what's issue in this? and why?
    – Vishvam
    Commented Oct 23, 2017 at 8:05
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    @rickross "Was your Guru Hanuman Guruless?" What's your point here? First of all Hanuman is not my guru yet. I said I have thought to make him my guru but haven't made yet. And secondary, I know Hanuman and Rama had Gurus.. that's why I also want to have guru. I can't see any issue in seeing our own Lord as Guru also. Devotee sees their lord as son(Yashodha), as friend(sudama), as husband(Ganga) then why we can't see as Guru? According to me there is no restriction on that what relation we want to make with our Lord.
    – Vishvam
    Commented Oct 23, 2017 at 11:58
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    @Akhil get your facts right... The Nityananda you are talking is not from KS tradition... Commented May 2, 2018 at 12:08

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This page gives a reasonably easy to follow and a scriptural method by which one , who does not have a Guru Diksha but desperately in need of one, can make Lord Dakshinamurthy his/her Guru.

As much as possible, one must try and obtain a guru, to guide with mantras and properly initiate the devotee or sādhakā. But often, we are faced with a situation, where we cannot find an appropriate guru to guide us. In such situations, one can go ahead and initiate themselves. The procedure to initiate, as well as guidance from the śāstras or scriptures, is provided below.

The Prayoga needs to be done on the Trayodashi Krishna Paksha. The Sanskrit verses quoted from Agama Rahasyam 4th Chapter say that it has to be done in a temple of Lord Shiva/Dakshinamurty. But the author says that if that is not possible then the same procedure can be followed in one's own house too in front of an image of Lord Dakshinamurty.

gurorabhāve mantrāṇāṃ grahaṇa krama mucyate।

kṛṣṇapakṣe trayodaśyāṃ dakṣiṇāmūrti sannidhe॥

गुरोरभावे मन्त्राणां ग्रहण क्रम मुच्यते।

कृष्णपक्षे त्रयोदश्यां दक्षिणामूर्ति सन्निधे॥

labhitvā rājate pātre tālapatre'dhavāpunaḥ।

mantraṃ tatstaṃḍile stāpya pūjaitvā maheśvaram॥

लभित्वा राजते पात्रे तालपत्रेऽधवापुनः।

मन्त्रं तत्स्तंडिले स्ताप्य पूजैत्वा महेश्वरम्॥

pāyasādi nivedyaṃ ca kṛtvā taṃpraṇi patyaca।

śatākṛtaḥ paṭhenmantraṃ dakṣiṇāmūrti sannidhau॥

sarveṣāṃcaiva mantrāṇāmevaṃ grahāṇa miṣyate॥

पायसादि निवेद्यं च कृत्वा तंप्रणि पत्यच।

शताकृतः पठेन्मन्त्रं दक्षिणामूर्ति सन्निधौ॥

सर्वेषांचैव मन्त्राणामेवं ग्रहाण मिष्यते॥

āgama rahasyaṃ caturtha paṭhale (śloka 42-44)

आगम रहस्यं चतुर्थ पठले (श्लोक ४२-४४)

The first line itself "gurorabhāve mantrāṇāṃ grahaṇa krama mucyate" means "in the absence of the Guru the following is the process for getting self-initiated into a Mantra".


The above ślokas state that anyone interested in initiating himself, due to the non-availability of a proper guru, may do so on the 13th lunar day (trayodaśi) of the dark phase of the lunar cycle (kṛṣṇapakṣa). The devotee must visit a śiva temple and pray to Lord dakṣiṇāmūrti, who’s placed in the southern direction within the same temple. If the Lord dakṣiṇāmūrti idol is not present, then one can seek the idol of Lord śiva or nandi (the bull facing the śiva liṇga) and on a silver sheet, or if not available a brass sheet, or further a palm leaf or just a simple paper, write the mantra related to the mantra japa, that one wishes to perform. Place the sheet in front of the aforementioned idol and sincerely perform the puja or prayer to seek the guidance from the Lord, requesting Him to be the guru and praying for the success of the mantra japa. If a temple is not accessible, then one can pray to the idol or image of Lord dakṣiṇāmūrti also.

IMO, this is reasonably very easy to follow. And, one can try it when one can not find the right Guru.


Laya Yoga deals with this. Istadevatha: a replica of Ishta- dewata as an object of concentration is made.For this purpose, a gross image from some suitable material is made. This image is not an imaginary representation of lshtadewata., but a close copy of the real form. It is a tangible form easy for the sense-consciousness to hold.

'Ishtadewata is God in form. The form arises from the living mantra and is created by God himself. So it is not imaginary. God appears in form, otherwise the mind will not be able to receive it. It is absolutely necessary to have a form which can be held in consciousness in concentration. Source: Laya Yoga.

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