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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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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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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How Guru decides his Shishya and chose for preachings?

This question is beyond what we all think as per my knowledge. The ultimate Guru, Shishya relationship was Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa as per the story i have read. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa ...
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Can mantras help transfer energy miraculously to a person or object?

By means of a secret Mantra or formula a spiritual guru or God when pleased can donate or transfer spiritual energy to others... for example at the end of an arduous dedicated work or tapas to a ...
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How do I find the right Guru?

How can we trust someone and accept him as Guru? Can we know or assess the spiritual level of a person? Are there any references for choosing one? What should we do if we realize that the guru we ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why “GURU” is equal to “supreme GODS”?

"Gurur brahmaa gurur vishnuh gurur devo maheshvarah gurur saakshaat parabrahma tasmai shree gurave namah." Translation: Know the Guru to be Brahma himself. He is Vishnu. He is also Shiva. Know ...
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Who was Srividya upasaka Sri Bhuvanananda Natha?

One of the well-known name in the South Indian Sri Vidya tradition is Sri Bhuvanananda Natha. Is there any brief info about his life events and upasana?
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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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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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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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What is Karna Guru?

What is karna guru and Is it compulsory to take mantra from karna guru?
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Does Hinduism allow Guru-Shishya Marriage?

I have seen in a Vikram and Betal story that the prince is not allowed to marry the princess since prince has secretly learnt Archery from the princess in that way the princess is his Guru and Guru-...
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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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What/Who is guru? Can it be a concept/idea/teachings or necessarily be a physical person?

As the guru is made up with two syllables gu & ru. Gu means darkness & ru means dispeller. Thus the term Guru means one who dispels our darkness. As it is said, शिवे क्रुद्धे गुरुस्त्राता ...
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Vidya without a Physical Guru? [duplicate]

I heard from many teachings that 'Guruvu leni vidya ranimchadhu' (telugu) which means the skill or knowledge gained without guru doesn't shines. Which text says the above phrase and who says to whom?...
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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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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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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 ...