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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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The need for a Guru to understand Vedic texts

Why does Krishna stress on the need for a Guru to attain spritual consciousness? Why is it we can't learn the vedic texts on our own? Why is not self studying not encouraged? The analogy that was ...
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Is there any siddha shakthipath guru i can meet?

I want to take a Shakthipath diksha but I don't know where to find such a guru who is capable to do so. Did anyone encountered such a guru who is siddha ?
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Can one attain Moksha just by Guru / matru / pitru bhakti?

Can one attain Moksha just by Guru Bhakti and not following the methods of Nava vidha Bhakti? I have known the story of Pundarikan who had ardent devotion for his Parents. Was he blessed with Moksha ...
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Who was and what is the time period of Vimuktatma Yati who authored Ishta Siddhi?

Vimuktatma yati was a scholar and sannyasi of advaita parampara. He wrote the famous work Ishta siddhi. Wikipedia says Vimuktatma (AD 1200) (Ishtasiddhi) But Shri Ramanujacharya who lived between ...
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What does Lord Shiva mean when he says there are 5 gurus in Vaishnava tradition?

In Kularnava Tantra. Chapter 13, Lord Shiva talks about guru and his characteristics. He says following verse : śaive gurutrayaṃ proktaṃ vaiṣṇave guru pañcakaṃ vedaśāstreṣu sataso gururekaṃ ...
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Regarding a shloka similar to a shloka in guru gita

गुरुर्ब्रह्म गुरुर्विष्णुर्गुरुर्देवोमहेशवरः । गुरुर्साक्षात् परब्रह्म तस्मै श्री गुरवे नमः​ gururbrahma gururviṣṇurgururdevomaheśavaraḥ | gurursākṣāt parabrahma tasmai śrī gurave namaḥ​ This is a ...
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Any side effects of doing pranayam and meditation wrongly or without Guru mentioned in scriptures?

Are there any side effects mentioned on doing Pranayam and/or Meditation wrongly or/and without Guru in Hinduism scriptures?
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Is it necessary to have a guru to be hindu?

Where 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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Background of the Viśvasara Tantra

What is the origin of the Viśvasara Tantra? Does anyone know, when about it was written? It is given as the source for the Guru stotram, but I have not been able to find out more, except that all ...
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Difference in Acharya, Upadhyaya, Guru

While explaining duties, Bhishma explains to Yudhistira that: One Acharya is superior to ten Brahmanas learned in the Vedas. One Upadhyaya is again superior to ten Acharyas. The father, again, is ...
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Any hanuman mantra which can be recited by anyone without any guru. Also let me know the source

Kindly let me know any Hanuman mantra which does not need initiation or Guru
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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 well-wishers that If I read Sri Guru Charitra a fixed number of times then a guru will surely approach me. Is it true according to the scriptures? If yes, then how many times do ...
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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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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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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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Biographies of Kapalika's Mahasiddhas

While in the Vadrjayana (Buddhist) tradition we can find complete biographies like the one of Milarepa , Naropa and Tilopa and other Lamas, where can be found similar stories and biographies of Hindu ...
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How & Why did Shukracharya become the guru of Daityas?

We know Brihaspati is the guru of Devas and Shukra of the Asuras. Both of them are sons of Brahma's Manas Putras so would have had equal chance to lead either of the clans so how did they end up on ...
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Is Guru tattva and Shiva tattva the same?

From the lecture of HG Amogh Lila Prabhu 3:08-3:13 HG says that : Guru tatva and Shiva tatva are the same.Like how the guru aids the student to reach Sri Krishna, so also Lord Shiva aids a devotee to ...
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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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What authentic information is available on 'Shri Kripalu Maharaj (श्री कृपालु महाराज)'?

Kripalu Maharaj, formally known as Jagadguru ShrīKripālu Jī Mahārāj was a Bhakti Yoga spiritual leader with sole focus on Kṛṣṇa Bhakti. On the Wikipedia, following sweeping claims have been made about ...
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Did any Shankaracharya ever take a Shudra as a disciple?

Vyasatirtha had Kanaka Dasa as a disciple. Ramanujacharya said to be Kanchipurna's disciple. Did any purva Shankaracharya have a Shudra disciple?
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Person without parampara cannot be a sadhguru

Sadguru may have several definitions across scriptures. I want a definition from scriptures that is similar to the following A person is not eligible to be a Sadguru if (s)he has no known parampara(...
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What is the Vedic definition of "life"?

I'm wondering what is the definition of life from the Vedic perspective. What kind of relation does life have with God? Life has so many perspectives that you can't define life I guess. For me, life ...
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Best direction to face while studying according to vastu shastra?

Is there any specific direction a student should face while studying according to vastu shastra?
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Has any prominent guru classified the Puranas by what makes them unique?

Some of the Puranas have unique odd things that set them apart, for example, the Devi Bhagavatam does this weird thing where it cannot decide on what race some demons are supposed to be implying they ...
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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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How have prominent gurus explained the difference between Abrahamic gods and ishvara(bhagavan)? [closed]

What is the difference between Abrahamic Gods like YHWH, Allah, and dharmic Gods like Vishnu and Shiva? How have gurus explained why you should not worship Abrahamic Gods and instead worship dharmic ...
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Have any prominent gurus or scripture explained why abortion is a sin, but curing cancer (without saving the cancer) is not? [closed]

The orthodox view of most religions is abortion is a sin. One thing that does not make sense to me about this is pretty much everyone does not think curing cancer is a sin, even though a fetus and ...
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Have any prominent critics of the Bhaviṣya Purāṇa explained the second references to Christianity and Islam?

A common criticism of the Bhaviṣya Purāṇa is that it was written after the prophecies for Christianity and Islam. I don't find this at all convincing, because the Bhaviṣya Purāṇa references them at ...
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What is the date of Adi Shankara, 8th century AD or 400 BC?

Sringeri mutt had guru paramapara and history of Shankara dating to 8th century CE. But Govardhan peeta goes 400BC. What are three timelines of. Sri Shankaracharya?
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What things a student should avoid?

How should a student lead his life specifically what should he avoid while gaining knowledge?
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What is the role of self-study in actually gaining insight into the Vedas and beyond?

This question is in my mind because of my lack of clarity between the role of a guru and the role of self-study in gaining an understanding of the reality of existence, which in my evaluation is what ...
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Which type of meditation one can do without Guru or any special guidance to advance spiritually?

There are so many spiritual organisations, so many Gurus and they each teach their own practice and philosophy. For example Art of living teach Sudarshan Kriya, Isha foundation tech Sambhavi mudra, ...
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What rules or guidelines should I follow before doing Udgeeth?

There used to be some recommended rules and guidelines to follow before doing any Pranayama and meditation. Udgeeth involves chanting of AUM (OM) with every exhalation. We do Udgeeth in a sequence of ...
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Guru mantras for people without a guru: Is there any scriptural support?

The general consensus appears to be that a living guru who is accessible and can give initiation to the seeker is absolutely essential for any form of progress in Sadhanas. However, in his book "...
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Guru dakhshina before completion of education

Can a guru accept dakshina (not service) offered by a student before the education is complete?
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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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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 powerful (literally) is a soul? Any physical reference points in scripture to calculate it?

If a soul can control its own body it has to be able to exert a force and do work. This is an important point that often gets overlooked because of the very powerful illusion of unity in being all ...
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Who is Yogeshwara? Is it Lord Krishna or Lord Shiva?

I have heard that Lord Shiva is the source of Yoga, the one who taught it to Mother Parvati, and then later on to others, and hence is called Adiyogi. But Wikipedia says that Lord Krishna is ...
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Which sect does Swami Mukundananda belong to?

Swami Mukundananda is a good Hindu scholar, translator and commentator. He translated the Gita and wrote a commentary on it. So which sect does he belong to - ISKCON, Advaita Vedanta, Dvaita Vedanta ...
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Who is the greatest personality for an individual?

I know God is not the greatest for an individual. There are some other persons who are even greater than God Himself like: Guru, Father and Mother. All three are considered greater than God. As per ...
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Who is the source of Deeksha?

As discussed in this question’s comment section It is clear that the recital of (deity specific) mantras are not ”sanctioned”(I don’t know what implications follow if someone does recite without ...
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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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Sense organ suppression as a sadhna

Podcast with Sarvesh Shashi 5:28-6:00 He mentions Not touching , Staying silent, Vipasana,etc. Can someone elaborate on what sadhanas is Sarvesh referencing to? Please also give scripture reference. ...
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Lord Shiva and Brahmavadis

From the lecture of HG Anogh Lila Prabhu 3:25-5:01 HG makes mention of Lord Shiva training Brahmavadis in 4 courses.Can someone give a reference to this claim?
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Elucidate on tantra Sadhna?

I have heard of different (tantric?) sadhnas like Vetal Sadhna,Pisach Sadhna,Bhuvaneshwari Sadhna,Hamjaad Sadhna etc..where the beings invoked through the said Sadhna will perform certain tasks/...
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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 basic steps a person (wanting to be a student seeking a true guru) should follow in order to ...
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Who conferred the " Śhrî Śhrî " honorific on the hindu âchârya, Ravi Shankar?

Any information on who conferred the double honorific titular epithet (" Śhrî Śhrî ") on the hindu âchârya, Ravi Shankar? And on what basis? Also, what are some other instances of people ...
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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 ...