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Where lord Shiva is mentioned as guru (teacher) of saptarshis, Sanatakumara and universal teacher?

I was wondering this question but please mention smritis along with shrutis.

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    Dakshinamurthy form of Shiva is Jnana form. He is Guru of all Rishis. Suta Samhita of Skanda Purana mentions Him in detail.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Jan 7, 2018 at 4:39
  • The link indiafacts.org/sri-dakshinamurthy-guru-ishwara-atman might be helpful...
    – YDS
    Commented Jan 7, 2018 at 5:47
  • @The destroyer can you send the link to the skandha purana chapter. ;) Commented Jan 27, 2018 at 12:45
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    @Fiercelord Skanda Purana is available in Khandas and Samhitas. There's samhita called Suta Samhita that extols Dakshinamurthy form of Shiva. It is not translated to English. Btw, Adi Shankara read it 18 times (i think) before writing Brahma Sutra Bhashya and other commentaries. it's favorite scripture for Sanyasis in olden days.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Jan 27, 2018 at 16:13

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यत्र यत्र स्थितो देवः सर्वव्यापी महेश्वरः ।
यो गुरुः सर्वदेवानां यकाराय नमो नमः ॥६॥


Yatra Yatra Sthito Devah Sarva-Vyaapii Mahe[a-Ii]shvarah |
Yo Guruh Sarva-Devaanaam Yakaaraaya Namo Namah ||6||

Meaning:

6.1: (Salutations to Him) Who is Present Everywhere Where ever the Devas Abide, 6.2: Who is the Guru of All Devas, Salutations to that Shiva, Who is represented by syllable "Ya", The sixth syllable of the Sadakshara mantra "Om-Na-Ma-Shi-Va-Ya".

This the 6th verse of the Shivashadakshra Stotram, which is found in Rudra Yamala Tantram (a Shakta Tantra). Lord Shiva himself is the composer of the Stotram.

Here, he is described as "Yo Guruh Sarva Devanam" so kind of an universal teacher.

Lord Shiva's Dakshinamurty aspect is actually regarded as the "Universal Guru"- the Guru of all. In this Stotram composed by Adi Shankara (so neither Sruti nor Smriti though) we find:

वटविटपिसमीपेभूमिभागे निषण्णं
सकलमुनिजनानां ज्ञानदातारमारात् ।
त्रिभुवनगुरुमीशं दक्षिणामूर्तिदेवं
जननमरणदुःखच्छेद दक्षं नमामि ॥२॥

Vatta-Vittapi-Samiipe-Bhuumi-Bhaage Nissannnnam
Sakala-Muni-Janaanaam Jnyaana-Daataaram-Aaraat |
Tri-Bhuvana-GurumIisham Dakssinnaamuurti-Devam
Janana-Maranna-Duhkhac-Cheda Dakssam Namaami ||2||

Meaning:

2.1: Sitting on the ground near the Banyan Tree, ... 2.2: ... were all Munis (Sages), who were (sitting) near to the bestower of Knowledge, ... 2.3: ... who were (sitting) near to the Guru of the Three Worlds, the Lord Himself, personified as Dakshinamurthy Deva, ... 2.4: ... who were (sitting) near to the one, expert in severing the sorrows resulting from the cycles of Births and Deaths; I bow to that Dakshinamurthy.

And, the following verse which is widely used by those persons who are yet to have personal Gurus. This is widely chanted at the beginning of recitals or Pujas.

निधये सर्वविद्यानां भिषजे भवरोगिणाम् ।
गुरवे सर्वलोकानां दक्षिणामूर्तये नमः ॥४॥

Nidhaye Sarva-Vidyaanaam Bhissaje Bhava-Roginnaam |
Gurave Sarva-Lokaanaam Dakssinnaamuurtaye Namah ||4||

Meaning:

4.1: (Salutations to Sri Dakshinamurthy) Who is a receptacle to all Knowledge, Who is a Medicine to all the diseases of Worldly bondage, 4.2: Who is a Guru to all the Worlds; Salutations to Sri Dakshinamurthy.

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  • Regarding Sanatkumaras i can update but later.
    – Rickross
    Commented Jan 7, 2018 at 7:28
  • Thanks @Rickross. :-) I shall be waiting for update can you add some puranic content if you want. Commented Jan 7, 2018 at 7:57
  • @Fiercelord Ok i will see if i can add Puranic content. As far as Sanatkumaras are concerned they all belong to Shaktism's Siddhauga Guru lineage. With Adi Natha or Lord Shiva being the first Guru in the line. So, they are all disciples of Lord Shiva. This is mentioned in Shakta scriptures.
    – Rickross
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 6:25
  • Thanks @rickross do if you can i shall be waiting. ;) Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 8:30

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