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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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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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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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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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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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Is there such things as guru disciple curses? Or curses in general in Hinduism? [duplicate]

So the question is in the title really. Any help would be appreciated. I stayed at a swammis ashram and feel like my behaviour was loud and I think someone has done something to me. Any help would be ...
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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 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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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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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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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 ...