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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If we don't have a guru is it better not to read bhagavat gita or read it? [closed]

Bhagavat gita should be read under a guru's guidance for getting proper knowledge without misleading. All people cannot get a guru in practical as some are of low wealth and need to work almost 12 ...
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What happens to a Guru when he dies?

What happens to a Guru when he dies in Gaudiya System? For example, some guru dies, who will be the next guru? His disciple or whom?
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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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Can we learn Sri Rudram using audio?

I am aware that we need to be initiated into something like Shri Rudram or Purusha Suktam or Shri Suktam. But, would learning them using audio files amount to getting initiated into them? Or do we ...
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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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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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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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Who are the leading Vedic scholars in India?

The ones who have most knowledge about the vedas. Though the coming question can be vague, yet How should one decide his Guru?
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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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Who was the guru of Vibhishana?

I found the following dialogues between Shri Hanuman and Vibhishana while going through Sundara Kand of Shri Ramcharit Manasa. And I came to know that Vibhishana is a true devotee of Lord Shri Rama ...
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Can husband and wife follow different gurus?

If a married woman is initiated with one guru and her husband follows a different guru, which guru should the woman follow?
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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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Sanyasa Vratham: Was there a stage called Sanyasa prior to Jagadguru Sankaracharya?

Were there any Sanyasi's in our ancient history prior to Jagadguru Sankaracharya? Can someone provide references of one existing in the B.C period who are as famous as Jagadguru Sankaracharya who ...
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What is result of God's Darshan?

Most of the people goes to temple or Ashram to take a darshan of a god or a spiritual enlightened person(guru) respectively. I know Darshan is different from "To See" or "To meet" from the answer of ...
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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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What is the significance of the Titles of Spiritual Teachers?

I came across some Titles of Spiritual Teachers(Guru): Abhaya Acharya Avdhoota Bharathi Maharaj Maharshi Paramahamsa Sant Shankaracharya Saraswati Yogi My questions are: Is ...
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Were there women teachers in Gurukulas?

Hindu mythology has mentions of the Gurukula system of education. I have heard how the Guru and the Guru-Patni (Guru's wife) lived with their students. However, the Guru (teacher) is always a man. ...
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Guru Seva types [closed]

In Guru Geetha of Skanda Purana, Lord Shiva told mother Parvathi that the ways to serve Guru is very secret and even gods don't know how to serve guru. Why is it secret? What are the known ways to ...
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Is it true that Lao-Tzu is actually Siddha Bhoganāthar?

Marshall Govindan wrote the book Babaji and the 18 Siddha Kriya Yoga Tradition. Here is the summary of Chapter 8. Siddha Boganathar: An Oceanic Life Story. A mission to China and ...
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What was the education system in the Gurukuls like?

We have all heard that kids were sent to Gurukul returned as educated men. I wonder what life in a Gurukul was like, what subjects did the kids study, and what activities filled a typical day?