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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Do we have a list of Acharyas, Saints, Swami and Gurus by their authority? [closed]

Probably related to this- Validity of references from new-age Gurus? but do we have a quickly available database so that the general public may be aware of the roots?
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Who was the Yoga Guru of Swami Vivekananda?

I know that Swami Vivekananda's Mantra Guru was Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. But this is about his Yoga Guru (if he had any). In Hinduism the importance Guru is paramount. Swami Vivekananda himself ...
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Nondualism. There is One only. Why teach?

In Kashmir Shaivism and Advaita philosophy this entire, infinite universe is the manifestation of the one supreme God. To awaken is to discover oneself as Lord Shiva Himself, and wherever one looks ...
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What are the different methods to attain moksha?

there is kriya yoga,kundalini yoga,Ucchishta ganapati,mantras given by Guru etc what else?
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Procedure for getting mantra siddhi without Guru initiation

In general, guru is mandatory for mantra initiation. Siddhi may never happen without (physical, living, human) guru initiation. But recently I heard that, if there is no availability of physical ...
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Guru will come when the student is ready. Does any scripture specifically say this?

Or is this a modern lingo? Have heard so many people say this.
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Significance of a SADGURU, in the confusing age of Kali [duplicate]

In times today people are living into full of temporary information overriden constantly, without much time devoted to learning about self. Is there any way one can devote himself to a SADGURU ...
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Will guru approach me if I read guru charitra for a fixed number of times?

I heard from one of my friend that If I read Sri Guru Charitra for fixed number of times then guru will surely approach me. Is it true according to scriptures? If yes, then how many times I need to ...
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Diksa mantra in different lives

Looking for a tantric (or puranic) reference (or quote from a well known sage) that says a jiva receives (or does not receive) the same mantra when receiving diksa mantra in different lifetimes.
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Importance of Guru [duplicate]

The scriptures tell us that the only way to God is through the mercy of a Guru. Is having a Guru and being tutored by him important and required to get liberation from the material world? Is God only ...
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Does anyone know the exact location of the following text in the Padma Purana?

Does anyone know the exact location of the following text in the Padma Purana? The text is found here. ṣaṭ-karma-nipuṇo vipro mantra-tantra-viśāradaḥ avaiṣṇavo gurur na syād vaiṣṇavaḥ śva-...
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Is there any subtle explanation to Shiva's manifestation as Sri Dakshina Murty?

This question is not a duplicate of the following question. What scriptures mention Shiva's Dakshinamurthi form? This answer under the above question, explains that Dakshinamurty form of Lord Shiva ...
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Can one receive initiation from a (physically) dead GURU? [duplicate]

Can one receive , in some way, initiation by a Guru who is physically dead even in absence of His/ Her Disciples ( if they exist)????? Within ISKCON and Gaudyia Math one can find the example of ...
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Can a person who isn't initiated chant mantra of his Ishta Devata?

For example, my Ishta Devata is Vishnu so can I chant these mantras: "ॐ नमोः नारायणाय. ॐ नमोः भगवते वासुदेवाय" / "oṃ namoḥ nārāyaṇāya. oṃ namoḥ bhagavate vāsudevāya" “ऊँ नारायणाय विद्महे।वासुदेवाय धी...
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Can anyone explain guru mantra and intent? [duplicate]

Any one explain the following guru mantra, as to why a common human guru is being compared with lords(Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva)? Gurur brahma Gurur vishnu Gurur devo maheshwaraha Gurur sakshaat para ...
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What should a Shudra do in order to eligible to read Vedas?

Context: I found out after a lot of research that my ancestors were either Kshatriya or there is some sort of story that they were sprung up from Lord Shiva. But neither my family from atleast 3 gens ...
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Search a guru for the Veda study [duplicate]

How does one go about choosing a guru of Hinduism / Vedas ? Please don't point out my ignorance if you won't enlightened me.
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Is selling education for money is sin in Kali yuga?

The following lines are from the footnotes of the Mahabharata In India, from the remotest times, preceptors are excluded from charging their pupils any fees for the instruction they give. No ...
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Anandamayi Ma's prophecies?

I have heard about ' Prophecies' about the World's Future offered by this Great Saint: however, I have not found them mentioned in any biography I could find. So true or hoax?
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How to prepare oneself for the grace of Guru?

It is said that once the student is ready the Guru will appear before him, but my question is what are the steps a person (wanting to be a student seeking a true guru) should follow in order to ...
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Why having guru is must to advance spiritually?

For me guru is just another human with his understanding, learning and experinces. So I dont get trust on someone worthy to take him as my guru as he is also just another human like me. Almost ...
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Is it necessary to have a guru to be hindu?

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 ...
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How should one honor the birthplace of guru?

The birthplace of avatars like Krishna, Rama are considered very auspicious. Are there any references about birthplace of an acharya/guru? How should one honor the birthplace of guru? Please provide ...
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Does a Brahma jnani also need deeksha in order to make a mantra to work?

if i want to use mantra to work i need to get deeksha from guru. What i am asking is Like that if brahma nani want to use mantra to work whether he also need to get deeksha from guru or not.
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Why God doesn't show any minor sakshatkaram as a ray or lightning in present 21st century? [duplicate]

Unless God shows some sort of his/her power when devotee prays atleast by a ray or lightning mode of sakshatkaram in present 21st century belief will gets diminished? Are there any Maha Guru's ...
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Are there any authenticated records of Ramanand Swami's (Kabir's guru) teachings?

I recently learned that Ramananda Swami was a guru of Kabir's and I am curious to learn more about his teachings. However have not been able to locate anything online as most of the current Google ...
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Hindu scriptures discussing “proper education”

Are there any scriptures that discuss proper education or provide instructions or guidance to gurus/parents on providing proper education to children. By "proper education" I mean education that ...
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What scriptures describe laxer rules for accepting shishyas in the Kali Yuga?

The Sampradaya Parishuddhi is a work by the 13th century Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan defending the flawless nature of the Sri Vaishnava Sampradayam. He discusses many incidents in Sri ...
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In a conflict between Guru and Shastra, what should be precedent?

It is often observed subjectively in various instances, teachings of many Gurus may contradict Shastra. In such a case, what should be considered superior? What does Shastra itself say about this?
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Is taking deeksha important in current situation or time?

Is taking deeksha important these days? Because according to some scriptures it was said that without talking deeksha, your worship will be incomplete.
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Does guru get good karma of disciple?

The question Side effects of Initiation by a Guru?. As per the question above, guru gets bad karma of disciple. What about good karma of disciple? Does guru share good karma and enjoy as well? ...
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Side effects of Initiation by a Guru?

The guru at the time of initiation takes on himself the sins of the disciple and suffers so much from physical maladies. My question: Is this true? Is this why many gurus suffer from various ...
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For normal people, is a guru needed or recommended to get Raja Yoga?

Consider the following excerpt from the preface of Raja-Yoga by Swami Vivekananda In the first part some simple and specific directions are given for the student who want to practise, but all ...
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Guru Tattva in Vaiṣnavism

Gaudiya literature such as the Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta sheds light on Guru Tattva, the ontological position of the spiritual master. In CC 1.1.44/45 we find the following: yadyapi āmāra guru — ...
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Who is teacher of Lord Ganesha?

It has been observed that great deities have greater teachers (gurus). For Example, Lord Sun is teacher of Lord Hanuman. Similarly, I am curious to know that who is teacher/ are teachers of Lord ...
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Can yantra and mantra work without diksha from guru?

If I write a yantra and chant mantra for that yantra without guru diksha will it work ? Is Guru-diksha necessary for all yantras or some particular yantra's?
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Guru Shishya relationship

In Shiva Sutra, Lord Shiva says: गुरुरुपायः || "The Guru who has attained Self-realization can alone help the aspirant in acquiring it." So Guru is important for any seeker who is in the ...
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What makes one 'Jagad-Guru'?

The purport of sloka 207 of chapter 18 of Madhya-khanda of Sri Chaitanya-Charitamrita reads: After being initiated, the devotees in the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement change their names. Whenever a ...
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What is the difference between sAdhAarA diksHA and nirAdhArA diksHA?

What is the basic difference between sAdhArA and nirAdhArA diksHA as per the scriptures?
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Why did the Devas let Brihaspati be their guru even though he had sex with his brothers' wives?

Being a guru, Brihaspati had sex with his younger brother's wife and yet why did the devas let him be their guru? This is is mentioned in Devi Bhagavata Purana here. Did Brihaspati suffer any ...
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Was Bhairavi yogeswari, the Tantra-Guru of Sri Ramakrishna, a disciple of Sri Trailanga Swami?

According to a biography of Sri Trailanga Swami, Bhairavi Yogeswari, the Tantra-Guru of Sri Ramakrishna was a disciple of Sri Trailanga Swami and it was Sri Trailanga Swami Who ordered Him to go to ...
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Sri Keyuravati of krama tradition

I would like to know information on Sri keyuravati of Kashmir shaivism who was a central figure in krama lineage. Would like to know about life. Important events and books written if any. Also about ...
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If some preacher utters ill words about some other preacher or saint, can he be treated as Adhikari to preach the Sanatana Dharma?

In Gita, Sri Krishna repeatedly mentions that a spiritual soul should be Advesta, Maitra, Karuna, ie He should be free from bigotry, be friendly to all and be full of compassion. Sri Chaitanyadeva ...
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Do scriptures allow to worship idol of acharya?

Do scriptures allow to worship idol/photo of an acharya/guru?
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How is Ishtadevata determined according to the SPIRITUAL SCRIPTURES (NOT ASTROLOGY) [duplicate]

Is Ishsta-devata determined by the family tradition (Kula-Devata) or personal liking or something else? Are there any injunctions of the spiritual scriptures? If it is determined by the injunctions of ...
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Can woman give diksha to others as per scriptures?

Can women give diksha to either man or woman as per Hindu scriptures? If no, what is the reason? If yes, why don't we see woman gurus who give mantras to others much? Do dharma shastras allow women ...
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My question is that why Modern spiritual person kept hair long? [duplicate]

I see why present spiritual person like Sri ravi shankar, shadhguru etc have long hairs ? they can cut their hair as there are many salon available in market...But In ancient times ...
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Did Drona help Ekalavya after taking guru-dakshina?

In Mahabharata, Drona asked for the thumb of Ekalavya as guru-dakshina. After receiving it, did Drona gave any special vidya or any other help to Ekalavya?
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Can a Vaishnava saint give Shakti mantra mantra initiation to any one or vice versa?

According to the Mantrayogasamhita, different people with different mental inclinations should have different deities as Ishta. Can a Vaishnava Guru give initiation by Shakti mantra or a Shaakta Guru ...
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Can a person be a guru for his own wife?

Is it allowed for a person to be a guru for his own wife? Does any scripture disallows it?