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What is the meaning of Maarga Dharshan? In what context is it used and who is the one eligible to provide this Dharshan?

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To word Darshana (दर्शन) has the following meanings

seeing,looking perceived, become visible or manifested

showing, exhibiting

demonstrating, teaching

The word Marga (मार्ग) means

a way, road, path

and is derived from the verb root Marg (मार्ग्)

to seek, seek for

Hence, Marga Darshana would mean to demonstrate a path for the seeker. It is used in the context of spiritual guidance, or guidance for any other way.

In my opinion, a person who knows already knows the way or has crossed over the (spiritual) path can provide Marga Darshana. In this context, a Guru or an enlightened Master.

In a limited context, a personal with knowledge of a specific aspect can provide guidance for that aspect only.

Reference used: The Practical Sanskrit-English Dictionary by Vaman Shivaram Apte.

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