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guru (Sanskrit: गुरु) from gu (darkness), and ru (light) — is a person who is regarded as having great knowledge, wisdom and authority in a certain area, and uses it to guide others. Literally a preceptor who shows others knowledge (light) and destroys ignorance (darkness).The guru is seen as a sacred conduit for wisdom and guidance, and finding a satguru (True Guru) is often held to be a prerequisite for attaining self-realization.

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What is the position of ISKCON on Diksha after the discussions held between followers of ISKCON Bangalore group and HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaj?

I found an article over the internet where there were mentions of letter exchanges between HG Madhu Pandit Das and GBC EC. I could draw a conclusion that both the groups came to an agreement where ...
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What should one do if someone abuses one's Guru and Guru's family members?

Kindly quote references which deal with this subject
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Can somebody being a Guru accept another Guru?

And how would it affect her relations with disciples ?
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Medha Dakhinamurthy Chakra

Namaste, I was looking for a Medha Dakshinamurthy Chakra to supplement my Medha Dakshinamurthy Mantra Sadhana. I have a version of the chakra in Kannada but the print is not clear. It would be very ...
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Is it possible to have two Gurus at once?

Are there any scritptural references to such situation ? What is the recommended course of action if there is an official Guru and other spiritual master is in contact for some reasons?
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Is the Nath Sampradaya mentioned in Hindu scriptures?

I want to know if there is any reference to the Nath Sampradaya in Hindu scriptures. I have read about it on many websites, but I find it hard to believe. I find it illegitimate, especially as in this ...
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Vishnu as a Brahmin guru

Other than Parashurama and maybe Vamana is there any full incarnation of Vishnu who is a guru or guru-like form? This can be a rare form not known.
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Prayer to attain a religious guru or guide?

Is there any prayer that can be done to quickly attain a religious guru or guide to better and more accurately study Vedic texts?
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Being born in Brihaspati planet

I was born in the house of Brihaspati and always had a kind of special affection for him like a grandsire of sorts. Is there anything I can do outside of prayer to please him? Would doing good in ...
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What to make out of fire in Home's temple?

Fire in temple room in home(not the temple itself). It burned the photo of Neeb Karoli Baba that my mother reveres completely. Fortunately the temple itself was left unscathed. Should I make it out to ...
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What if Guru's order is contrary to scriptures should it still be followed?

Namaste, Can a student obey a Guru's order if Guru orders something which is against scriptures? Please provide scriptural proof in this regard..
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What are Shishya Dharma (duties)?

What are the set of rules laid for a shishya? What are his duties towards guru mandal in particular? And what are the dos and don'ts for him as a upasaka in general? What Sadachara must a upasaka ...
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Do you know any Gurus with title of Rishi Maharshi Bramharshi or Devarshi presently?

There have been many rishis like Maharshi Mahesh Yogi,Vethathiri Maharshi etc. Do such rishis exist in present times that use similar titles?
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Clarifications on self-initiation to assume Dakshinamurti as guru

Background This post Procedure to make God(s) our Guru gives answers and references on how one can self-initiate and assume Dakshinamurti as guru. Because this is a complex topic, there are a lot of ...
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Where can I find Shri Dattatreya Bhujanga Prayata Stotram?

I'm searching for Shri Dattatreya Bhujanga Prayata Stotram, probably written by Shri Adi Shankaracharya. Does any one have it?? Please provide a link to it.
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Possibly leaving temple

Jai Sri Mā! I have attended a temple for many years. A lot of things changed after COVID (not just due to it, but many changes having happened to occur during that time). I had attended there more in ...
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Which mantra/s can be chanted after initiation?

I have recently read that mantras cannot be chanted before initiation. I am aware that during initiation, a guru will give a mantra in the ears of the disciple. My question is, can the person ...
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Can an Aryan be a disciple of a Mleccha?

Can an Aryan/Arya (Brahmana) become a disciple of a Mleccha (Muslim)? Is it valid according to the Vedic scriptures? I read in Mahabharata that it is forbidden to even hear the language of Mlecchas... ...
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I wish to learn few suktams from Veda Samhitas. Is there any guru willing to teach me online?

Sorry if this is an ignorant question. There has been mixed response to the question whether suktams such as Purusha, Sri, Nasadiya can be chanted without initiation by a guru. I do not want to make ...
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Tantric Guru Bhawani Mishra [duplicate]

Does someone have more information regarding tantric Guru Bhawani Mishra, who build the temple of Tripura Sundari in Bihar 400 years ago? I am very interested in his history, so can someone share more ...
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What were the subjects of ancient Gurukulas?

What did children were taught in Vedic periods and why?
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Is devotion towards Gods and studying of scriptures sufficient to get Moksha ? Or Guru essential for getting Moksha?

Krishna in Gita has said that to know dharma one should follow scriptures .(Gita 16.23) Plus one should always be devoted towards him and always remember him . He has never said about role of guru. I ...
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How to get initiated in Shaiva Agamas? What to ask and to whom?

I live in New Delhi. Are there any mutt nearby? Regardless of if there are... (I can travel some distance) then what do I tell them? How do I ask? Do I simply say "I want to learn Shaiva Agamas&...
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How can I offer worship to Maa Baglamukhi?

Why am I asking this question? I don't have a Guru! also I began my Upasana with Lord Krishna! it is now that I am guided to worship Maa Baglamukhi! But again one simply doesn't worship Dasmahavidyas ...
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swaminayaran compared to vallabha

Please compare and contrast the position of [swaminarayan][1] and [vallabhaachraya][2]. do they have same view? if not, what points are unique? notes: What I know is that swaminayran is off-white, ...
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Do we need guru for doing meditation which is mentioned in Bhagavad Geeta chapter 6?

There are so many forms and types of meditation techniques. I don't know if all those are the same or different.  So just to start something I want to try the meditation technique given in Bhagavad ...
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Can I worship Chinnamasta?

I am very fascinated towards Maa chinnamasta! But after searching about her,I found out that she is the most terrible deity to invoke without a Guru I came across a mantra on youtube 'Chinnamasta ...
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Is Mantra diksha (initiation) possible online?

Is it possible to have mantra Initiation online? How to know hoax among real Guru? How to know that mantra you will be given is initiated?
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Guru of Sita, Guru of Draupadi

Sita and Draupadi are Special characters in Ramayan and Mahabharat. Both showed strong mind and devotion! Both have no biological birth! What does it represent? That high Level is not possible for ...
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How to start?? From where to start?

I want to know how should I start my journey I'm trying to start my spiritual journey but all the time something comes in the way 2 months ago I started doing ajapa japa after 21 days I got high fever ...
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Do you know any Vaishnava Kundalini Yoga Guru?

Namaste, I am searching for a Vaishnava Guru who teaches Kundalini Yoga. Most Gurus, (With Due respect) I know teach either Advaita or Shaivism/Shaktism or a combination of both. But I am searching ...
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The need for a Guru to understand Vedic texts

Why does Krishna stress on the need for a Guru to attain spritual consciousness? Why is it we can't learn the vedic texts on our own? Why is not self studying not encouraged? The analogy that was ...
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Can one attain Moksha just by Guru / matru / pitru bhakti?

Can one attain Moksha just by Guru Bhakti and not following the methods of Nava vidha Bhakti? I have known the story of Pundarikan who had ardent devotion for his Parents. Was he blessed with Moksha ...
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Regarding a shloka similar to a shloka in guru gita

गुरुर्ब्रह्म गुरुर्विष्णुर्गुरुर्देवोमहेशवरः । गुरुर्साक्षात् परब्रह्म तस्मै श्री गुरवे नमः​ gururbrahma gururviṣṇurgururdevomaheśavaraḥ | gurursākṣāt parabrahma tasmai śrī gurave namaḥ​ This is a ...
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Any hanuman mantra which can be recited by anyone without any guru. Also let me know the source

Kindly let me know any Hanuman mantra which does not need initiation or Guru
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Biographies of Kapalika's Mahasiddhas

While in the Vadrjayana (Buddhist) tradition we can find complete biographies like the one of Milarepa , Naropa and Tilopa and other Lamas, where can be found similar stories and biographies of Hindu ...
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What authentic information is available on 'Shri Kripalu Maharaj (श्री कृपालु महाराज)'?

Kripalu Maharaj, formally known as Jagadguru ShrīKripālu Jī Mahārāj was a Bhakti Yoga spiritual leader with sole focus on Kṛṣṇa Bhakti. On the Wikipedia, following sweeping claims have been made about ...
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Did any Shankaracharya ever take a Shudra as a disciple?

Vyasatirtha had Kanaka Dasa as a disciple. Ramanujacharya said to be Kanchipurna's disciple. Did any purva Shankaracharya have a Shudra disciple?
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Best direction to face while studying according to vastu shastra?

Is there any specific direction a student should face while studying according to vastu shastra?
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How have prominent gurus explained the difference between Abrahamic gods and ishvara(bhagavan)? [closed]

What is the difference between Abrahamic Gods like YHWH, Allah, and dharmic Gods like Vishnu and Shiva? How have gurus explained why you should not worship Abrahamic Gods and instead worship dharmic ...
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Have any prominent gurus or scripture explained why abortion is a sin, but curing cancer (without saving the cancer) is not? [closed]

The orthodox view of most religions is abortion is a sin. One thing that does not make sense to me about this is pretty much everyone does not think curing cancer is a sin, even though a fetus and ...
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Have any prominent critics of the Bhaviṣya Purāṇa explained the second references to Christianity and Islam?

A common criticism of the Bhaviṣya Purāṇa is that it was written after the prophecies for Christianity and Islam. I don't find this at all convincing, because the Bhaviṣya Purāṇa references them at ...
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Any side effects of doing pranayam and meditation wrongly or without Guru mentioned in scriptures?

Are there any side effects mentioned on doing Pranayam and/or Meditation wrongly or/and without Guru in Hinduism scriptures?
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What is the date of Adi Shankara, 8th century AD or 400 BC?

Sringeri mutt had guru paramapara and history of Shankara dating to 8th century CE. But Govardhan peeta goes 400BC. What are three timelines of. Sri Shankaracharya?
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What things a student should avoid?

How should a student lead his life specifically what should he avoid while gaining knowledge?
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What is the role of self-study in actually gaining insight into the Vedas and beyond?

This question is in my mind because of my lack of clarity between the role of a guru and the role of self-study in gaining an understanding of the reality of existence, which in my evaluation is what ...
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Which type of meditation one can do without Guru or any special guidance to advance spiritually?

There are so many spiritual organisations, so many Gurus and they each teach their own practice and philosophy. For example Art of living teach Sudarshan Kriya, Isha foundation tech Sambhavi mudra, ...
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What rules or guidelines should I follow before doing Udgeeth?

There used to be some recommended rules and guidelines to follow before doing any Pranayama and meditation. Udgeeth involves chanting of AUM (OM) with every exhalation. We do Udgeeth in a sequence of ...
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Difference in Acharya, Upadhyaya, Guru

While explaining duties, Bhishma explains to Yudhistira that: One Acharya is superior to ten Brahmanas learned in the Vedas. One Upadhyaya is again superior to ten Acharyas. The father, again, is ...
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Guru dakhshina before completion of education

Can a guru accept dakshina (not service) offered by a student before the education is complete?
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