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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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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 path ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How did Kripacharya become “Chiranjivi”?

Kripacharya, is one of the Chiranjivi (long lived) mentioned in the Sapta Chiranjivi Stuthi - Ashwathaama Balirvyaaso Hanumanshach Vibhishanha Krupascha Parshuramascha Saptaitey Chiranjivinaha ...
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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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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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Do scriptures allow to worship idol of acharya?

Do scriptures allow to worship idol/photo of an acharya/guru?
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Do dharma sastras allow woman to be diksha guru? [duplicate]

Do dharma sastras allow woman to give deeksha in mantras to people? The duplicate questions that people are linking is mine. Here I am exclusively asking from dharma sastras aka smritis not tantras.
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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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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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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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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 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?
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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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How is avatara different from realized souls?

Swami Vivekananda has said that avataras are always different from ordinary gurus even if they have attained the highest state. Complete Works/Volume 5/Questions and Answers: Q.—Cannot the ...
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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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Is taking revenge not a sin?

Drona is great Brahmin acharya (professor) for Pandavas, Kauravas and many other Kshatriyas of that time. He has revenge on Drupada due to insult made by Drupada and hence Dronacharya took revenge on ...
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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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Why do we need a guru? Can Lord be our Guru?

Most of the people say, we need a guru in the path of spirituality to drive us in the way that we attain the abode of the supreme being. I would like to know Can't the supreme being drive the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What are the duties to be followed after initiation under a Vaishnava Guru?

Being part of a Vaishnava family, I had undergone a ceremony for having Guru when I was 10 years old. The only duty I followed after that is to wear "kanthi" so I wanted to know what are the other ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...