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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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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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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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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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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How did Lord Dattatreya acquire the knowledge of Yoga?

Is there any story about how Lord Dattatreya acquired the knowledge of Yoga?
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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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Stories Of Yagnavalkya Rishi (याज्ञवल्क्य ऋषि)

What is the Story Of Shree Yagnavalkya Rishi giving back his Knowladge to his Guru Shree Vaisampayana (वैशंपायन). What is the story of Shree Yagnavalkya Rishi and Godess Saraswati?
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Who are all the Gurus of Abhinavagupta and what Paramparas did they come from?

Generally, Vaishnavas follow the Pancharatra Agamas, Shaivites follow the Shaiva Agamas, and Shaktas follow the Shaiva Agamas. But long ago, there was a group of people in Kashmir who followed the ...
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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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Where can I find a guru? [duplicate]

I'm still converting to Hinduism from Christianity and I'm needing more than a little help. Where I'm from, it would be a miracle to find another Hindu, much less a guru. I need to know where I can ...
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How to tell if your guru is god-realized?

I know that many scriptures in Hinduism emphasize the guru as the path to God, and the importance of finding a guru that will truly help you achieve your goal. I am having an issue with my current ...
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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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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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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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Are all religions the same or is just Hinduism engulfed in the myth of Sameness of all religions?

A background: We have seen a lot of prominent Hindu Leaders, spiritual and Socio-political alike answering the question: that all the religions are the same. I have yet to see this answer when asked ...
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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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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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What is Dīkṣā (दीक्षा)?

I've found this basic definition of Dīkṣā though I don't know in which scripture it appears - svarupasambodhadanatmako bhedamayabandha-ksapanalaksanasca sarhskaravisesah i.e. Dikshā is a ...
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Does God love us?

This seems like a rather rhetorical question to ask. But this question has been in my mind since I saw a video of Yogi and Mystic Jaggi Vasudev. Guru Jaggi Vasudev is sometimes really confusing for me ...
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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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Why reading Bhagvad Gita without Guru can be dangerous?

I have heard many times that reading Gita without a teacher can be dangerous. Does it mean reader can take serious action if influenced strongly in wrong direction.
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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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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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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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Importance of Guru (गुरु) in our daily Life as well as in Spiritual Life? [duplicate]

What is Importance of Guru in our daily life as well as spiritual life?
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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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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 does Lord Shiva mean by saying that in Shaiva traditions Gurus are three?

In KulArnava Tantram's 13th chapter, Lord Shiva discusses about Guru and its signs in great details. In that context he says the following verse: Shaive Gurutrayam Proktam Vaishnave Gurupanchakam | ...
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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 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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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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What is the Purpose of own Antyesthi (Cremation) before taking Sanyasa?

Everyone knows there are 16 Sanskar in Hinduism. In this 16 Sanskar, Antyesthi (Cremation) is the final Sanskar performed after death (of a person) by his or her descendents.But I came to know that ...
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Are Shabar Mantras really auto-energised?

I myself answered a question on the so-called "Shabar Mantras" here. This webpage claims that these mantras are auto energized or Siddha so to speak. A shabar mantra is quite different from a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Recital of mantra by initiated vs non initiated person

I have heard that mantras are taught in guru shishya relation,where the disciple receives mantra Diksha(initiation). If this is actually true,then what are the differences between when a Dikshit ...
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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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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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Are the Realized Guru and Jivanmukta omnipresent?

We know that he is not omniscient in the sense of knowing everything simultaneously, only that he has access to all knowledge when he wants it, at least according to Hariharananda Baba. So how is he ...