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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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?...