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Questions tagged [guru]

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 happens when mantra initiation is done by an ineligible guru?

Siddhi for many mantras will happen only if the person who is reciting them undergoes initiation of mantra by a guru. Does the siddhi of a mantra occur if initiation is done by a guru who is not ...
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Does any Hindu scripture or work of any Acharya talk about sex education?

Brahmanas, Kshatriya, and Vaishyas all undergo Upanayanam as early as 7 years of age. Having done Upanayanam, they become Brahmacharis. One important vow of Brahmacharya is maintenance of celibacy, ...
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Who was the guru of Chanakya? [closed]

We all know Chanakya a.k.a Kautilya, the author of Arthashastra. I would like to know that, who was his Guru and which school of thought did he follow?
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What is the Guru Parampara of Kashmiri Shaivism?

I found that the philosophy of Kashmiri Shaivism is said to be similar to Adviata and preaching involves the Yoga. I came to know that Vasugupta is the important contributor to Kashimir Shaivism and ...
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Which gods are Vaishnavas allowed to pray to or worship?

Vaishnavas believe that Lord Vishnu is supreme hence they are discouraged from worshipping other gods like Lord Shiva, Ganesha, etc. But what about the associates of Vishnu like Sudarshana chakra, ...
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Guru Dattatreya Parayan

Being a woman, can I read the whole Sri Guru Charitra, which is known as GuruDatta Parayana, in the coming Datta Jayanti (Festival) ? In our home, my father used to read it every year by following ...
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Awakening of Kundalini is possible without mentor/guru?

I have read much about Kundalini in yoga. There are few yoga postures for awakening the kundalini. Without these yoga postures and without a guru, is it possible to get the experience of awakening of ...
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How to consider Lord Dakshinmurthy as my Guru? [duplicate]

It is said that if a person doesn't have a Guru, then they can consider and worship Lord Dakshinamurthy as their Guru. Is there any ritual or mantra to do so?
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Significance of Guru poornima

What are the benefits that one will get while praying Guru on this auspicious day? What are the steps to be followed for praying? Can all the Lokha Gurus can be prayed on that day?
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What is the greatest mantra? [duplicate]

In the Hindu culture Mantras are one of the greatest tools to take you "there". The Sanjevani mantra is revered by Yogis and Gurus and is a part of Paramahansa what is its name ?
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Is Guru-Shishya relation carry forward across multiple births? [duplicate]

Rebirth, a major tenet of Hinduism, is when the soul, which is seen as eternal and part of a spiritual realm, returns to the physical realm in a new body. There are multiple mentions of rebirth in ...
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Who were the gurus of Brihaspati and Sukracharya?

A Guru in Hinduism is of paramount importance in spiritual matters. So I want to know who were the gurus of Guru Brihaspati and Sukracharya? I heard that Shiva taught Shukra the art of reviving the ...
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Which Guru is to be worshipped on the Guru Purnima day by a disciple who's having multiple Gurus?

When a person has more than 1 gurus, then at the time of "Guru Pournima", whom should he/she worship. (some Gurus are still living, but far away located. Other ones are "brahma leen, i.e. left their ...
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Who is the guru/master for an astrology/prasangam in hinduism/puranas on earth

Can someone give me a source of Guru in an Astrology 'Vaanasasthiram' in the starting of Hinduism/puranas on earth planet. And how did he become a master/guru of an astrology. Updated: How we can ...
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Where in Padma Purana the following verse about parampara is located?

Sampradaya-vihina ye mantras te nisphala matah Atah kalau bhavisyanti catvarah sampradayinah catvarah sampradayinah Sri-brahma-rudra-sanakah vaisnavah ksiti-pavanah Catvaras te kalau bhavya ...
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What does Lord Shiva mean when he says there are 5 gurus in Vaishnava tradition?

In Kularnava Tantra. Chapter 13, Lord Shiva talks about guru and his characteristics. He says following verse : śaive gurutrayaṃ proktaṃ vaiṣṇave guru pañcakaṃ vedaśāstreṣu sataso gururekaṃ ...
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Should śiṣya (disciple) blindly believe whatever the guru says? How should he resolve his cognitive dissonance?

E.g., the guru says Earth is the center of the Solar System, or that Earth is flat or that aliens have been regularly visiting the Earth, etc., but the śiṣya (disciple) with a scientific temper knows ...
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Who were the main disciples of Sri Lakulisha?

Is there any source which says about the main pupils of Sri Lakulisha and how the sect was propagated in various places of India?
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Why did krishna chaitanya criticise his own sanyasa sampradaya?

From another post we came to know that krishna chaitanya had taken sanyasa from dashanami sampradaya of sankaracharya. However, why would someone join a sampradaya to which he is opposed to ? ...
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Was Acharya Abhinavgupta initiated in Vedanta as well?

Acharya Abhinavgupta a renowned Shaiva-Shakta enlightened master of Kashmiri Shaivism had numerous Gurus. While reading introductory part in one of the works of Swami Lakshman Joo, I found the ...
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How & Why did Shukracharya become the guru of Daityas?

We know Brihaspati is the guru of Devas and Shukra of the Asuras. Both of them are sons of Brahma's Manas Putras so would have had equal chance to lead either of the clans so how did they end up on ...
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Why Guru mantra is given in right ear?

In Hinduism, there is long and very common tradition of making a saint/sage or an enlightened person, one's Guru. One of Guru's role is to be spiritual mentor to his/her disciple and ensure disciple’...
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How can people overcome a Guru's curse?

When a Guru curses a person, can that curse be removed by God? For Example, Lord Parashurama placed a curse on Karna, but Karna was not able to recover from the curse. Are there any situations where ...
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Is it mandatory to have Mantra Diksha to get moksha?

Is it mandatory to have Mantra Diskha or Mantra Daan in Hinduism to get Moksha as per Hindu scriptures? Is Mantra Diskha is mentioned in Vedas or Darshan?
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Who was the Guru of lord Krishna?

Did Lord Sri Krishna have a Guru in his life? At what age did he meet a Guru? Did he stay at his Guru's Ashram like Lord Sri Rama?
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Can I have more than one Guru?

Can I have more than one spiritual Guru in my life? Can I take Mantra Diksha from two Gurus? If I take Mantra Diksha from two Gurus then which Guru will be considered as superior?
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Will he be considered as Guru on teaching spiritual/meditation practices?

One is called a Guru if he grants one a mantra. Similarly, will one be called a Guru if the one teaches spiritual practice or meditation only? And Also, will the one who learnt spiritual practice ...
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Is initiation/diksha carried over to the next birth?

When we are on the path of self realization we know the first step should be to get initiated/diksha from a guru, but my question is if the person/soul was initiated in the previous birth and before ...
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Where is lord Shiva mentioned as guru (teacher) of saptarshis?

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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What are the prerequisites to get initiated in Shaiva or Shakta Agamas?

I wanted to know the qualifications or qualities one should possess to get initiation in Shiva or Shakta agamas?
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What is the life story and miracles associated with Sri ShyAmAcharan lAhiri (mahAshaya)?

Sri lahiri mahashaya was a well known yogi who lived in Varanasi. He was a householder yogi. His contribution was immense in propagating yoga. What is his life story? What are the books written by ...
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What was the shakta lineage of Sri RAmakrishna?

It is known that Sri Ramakrishna was initiated by a Bhairavi, who was believed to be from the Vaishnava sect. Later he was also initiated into Sannyasa-Vedanta by TotApuri Maharaj. What was his ...
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Who did incarnate as AchArya Abhinavgupta?

From wiki, AchArya Abhinavagupta (c. 950 – 1016 AD) was a philosopher, mystic and aesthetician from Kashmir. He was also considered an influential musician, poet, dramatist, exegete, theologian, and ...
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What is the life story of Sri Lakulisha?

Sri Lakulisha was the famous propagator of pAshupata tradition of Shaivism. He is considered as an incarnation of Shiva. What is his life story? What are his main teachings? Are there any miracles ...
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Why was rAmAnuja refused initiation for 17 times?

In my previous question, I have talked about him doing the mass initiation against the orders of his guru but this question is related to his own initiation. He approached Thiurukottiyur Nambi for ...
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Why did rAmAnuja disobey his guru?

Thirukottiyur Nambi agreed to part with the Mantra and its meaning. But before that he got a promise from Ramanauja. As per the promise, Ramanuja should not tell this to anyone as this mantra will ...
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Who was acharya SrirAm Sharma?

He was the founder of gAyatrI parivar. He propagated gayatri worship among the masses. What is his life story? What were his main teachings ?
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How unity among followers of various systems/philosophies can be achieved?

Hinduism being a vast religion encompasses many philosophies. A member of every philosophy thinks only he is correct, other philosophies are false. His attachments with a particular philosophy ...
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Why did rAmAnuja abandon his first guru?

Regarding the vaishnava philosopher rAmAnuja and his life, we find some stories, We find that he had conflicting views with his first guru (yAdava prakAsha) in some philosophical areas. On what ...
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Are there exams after studying the Vedas? Does the Guru make sure the student can properly pronounce the Vedas?

Is there any way the Guru makes sure a student can properly pronounce the Vedas, has committed it to memory, and understands the concepts? Today, you will get a diploma from an accredited university, ...
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Who is Soma Natha?

For Kaliyuga, Lord Shiva has appointed 12 great gurus each for 500 years. Which will keep repeating till the arrival of Satyuga. Therefore, henceforward twelve Great Souls shall uphold My Law ...
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Procedure to make God(s) our Guru

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 ...
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Can a saint who is not in physical plane be called a Guru?

I often see people considering a saint as their Guru who is no longer in physical plane. Many such saints lived hundreds of years ago. When a Guru is not in physical plane, how you will get your ...
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What is Karna Guru?

What is karna guru and Is it compulsory to take mantra from karna guru?
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Can unenlightened person initiate people?

Person who have not yet reached the highest, but practicing sadhana and have acquired some siddhis can intiate people?
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Is “Dera Sacha Sauda” part of Hinduism or a different religion?

Recently after the conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, I was wondering if the Dera Sacha Sauda is merely a cult or a part of Hindu religion? What kind of philosophy do they believe in?
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Does nAma-japa also require dikshA (initiation)?

As far as Mantra japa is concerned, I think everybody knows that the first step towards Mantra Siddhi (mastery over the mantra) is Guru DikshA (taking the mantra from one's Guru) and then we have to ...
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World is real even according to Advait Vedanta?

While reading a Jivanmuka Shri Ramana Maharshi I read the following passage (You can/should read more from here) - The Vedantins do not say that the world is unreal. That is a misunderstanding. If ...
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Who was Sri Vidya guru Pujyasri Bhaskara Raya?

In the modern times, Pujyasri Bhaskara Raya Makhin is well known and respected by all shaktas across the country. His contribution to Shaktism and other shastras is phenomenal. Is there any details ...
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Was Lord Muruga Guru to Lord Shiva and taught him the complete explanation of OM?

EXPLANATION : Movies and Serials say Lord Muruga was Student of Lord Brahma and asked for Explanation of OM Then Lord Brahma tried to give Explanation of OM but Lord Muruga was not satisfied with ...