What in Shruti (Vedas, Some Upanishads) texts say you must have a guru to be a hindu? Besides, one tells every Hindu has a guru by default : his father. So does it mean that everyone has actually a guru, but that's not necessarily a great one ? Moreover, I found the topic about the initiation of Mantra. The answer is great, that's not the issue. What I am looking for is the Shruti validation, not interpretations.

To finish, how was it in Vedic times for this aspect ?

  • guru translates as teacher. Do you mean a spiritual guru for a spiritual aspirant or what? Your question is to general. – Swami Vishwananda Dec 2 '19 at 4:43
  • @SwamiVishwananda I guess by spiritual aspirant you mean someone who want to be a monk or priest, someone who want to be in the "clergy". I am talking about any person, any hindu, not these particular case of devotion that are the monks and so on. – AvyWam Dec 2 '19 at 6:54

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