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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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 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 ...
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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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How to consider Lord Dakshinmurthy as my Guru? [duplicate]

It is said that if a person doesn't have a Guru, then they can consider and worship Lord Dakshinamurthy as their Guru. Is there any ritual or mantra to do so?
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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 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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Who were the gurus of Brihaspati and Sukracharya?

A Guru in Hinduism is of paramount importance in spiritual matters. So I want to know who were the gurus of Guru Brihaspati and Sukracharya? I heard that Shiva taught Shukra the art of reviving the ...
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Is Guru-Shishya relation carry forward across multiple births? [duplicate]

Rebirth, a major tenet of Hinduism, is when the soul, which is seen as eternal and part of a spiritual realm, returns to the physical realm in a new body. There are multiple mentions of rebirth in ...
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How can people overcome a Guru's curse?

When a Guru curses a person, can that curse be removed by God? For Example, Lord Parashurama placed a curse on Karna, but Karna was not able to recover from the curse. Are there any situations where ...
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Who is the guru/master for an astrology/prasangam in hinduism/puranas on earth

Can someone give me a source of Guru in an Astrology 'Vaanasasthiram' in the starting of Hinduism/puranas on earth planet. And how did he become a master/guru of an astrology. Updated: How we can ...
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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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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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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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Should śiṣya (disciple) blindly believe whatever the guru says? How should he resolve his cognitive dissonance?

E.g., the guru says Earth is the center of the Solar System, or that Earth is flat or that aliens have been regularly visiting the Earth, etc., but the śiṣya (disciple) with a scientific temper knows ...
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Are there exams after studying the Vedas? Does the Guru make sure the student can properly pronounce the Vedas?

Is there any way the Guru makes sure a student can properly pronounce the Vedas, has committed it to memory, and understands the concepts? Today, you will get a diploma from an accredited university, ...
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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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Why did krishna chaitanya criticise his own sanyasa sampradaya?

From another post we came to know that krishna chaitanya had taken sanyasa from dashanami sampradaya of sankaracharya. However, why would someone join a sampradaya to which he is opposed to ? ...
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Why are the Himalayas often associated with gurus and rishis?

Are there any reasons for it, or is it just the peaceful environment. Are there anymore places, which act as a popular dwelling places for the gurus and rishis?
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Who were the main disciples of Sri Lakulisha?

Is there any source which says about the main pupils of Sri Lakulisha and how the sect was propagated in various places of India?
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Who was the Guru of lord Krishna?

Did Lord Sri Krishna have a Guru in his life? At what age did he meet a Guru? Did he stay at his Guru's Ashram like Lord Sri Rama?
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Was Acharya Abhinavgupta initiated in Vedanta as well?

Acharya Abhinavgupta a renowned Shaiva-Shakta enlightened master of Kashmiri Shaivism had numerous Gurus. While reading introductory part in one of the works of Swami Lakshman Joo, I found the ...
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Who was sage Vasishth's most accomplished student? [closed]

Who's sage Vashishta's Best Student (other than the sons of King Dasharatha)?
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Who was the preceptor of Seeradhwaj King Janak?

Who was the preceptor of Seeradhwaj King Janak & what is the Brahma Vidya that he taught to him? Why does Shri Krishna cite Seeradhwaj Janak as an illustrious example of the Karma yoga in Bhagawat ...
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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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Is it mandatory to have Mantra Diksha to get moksha?

Is it mandatory to have Mantra Diskha or Mantra Daan in Hinduism to get Moksha as per Hindu scriptures? Is Mantra Diskha is mentioned in Vedas or Darshan?
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Why was rAmAnuja refused initiation for 17 times?

In my previous question, I have talked about him doing the mass initiation against the orders of his guru but this question is related to his own initiation. He approached Thiurukottiyur Nambi for ...
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Will he be considered as Guru on teaching spiritual/meditation practices?

One is called a Guru if he grants one a mantra. Similarly, will one be called a Guru if the one teaches spiritual practice or meditation only? And Also, will the one who learnt spiritual practice ...
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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 story behind Lord Dattatreya giving spiritual guidance to Parshurama?

I have heard that Lord Dattatreya has given liberation or spiritual guidance to Parshurama. What is the story behind that?
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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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Where is lord Shiva mentioned as guru (teacher) of saptarshis?

Where lord Shiva is mentioned as guru (teacher) of saptarshis, Sanatakumara and universal teacher? I was wondering this question but please mention smritis along with shrutis.
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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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What is the life story and miracles associated with Sri ShyAmAcharan lAhiri (mahAshaya)?

Sri lahiri mahashaya was a well known yogi who lived in Varanasi. He was a householder yogi. His contribution was immense in propagating yoga. What is his life story? What are the books written by ...
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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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Who did incarnate as AchArya Abhinavgupta?

From wiki, AchArya Abhinavagupta (c. 950 – 1016 AD) was a philosopher, mystic and aesthetician from Kashmir. He was also considered an influential musician, poet, dramatist, exegete, theologian, and ...
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What is the life story of Sri Lakulisha?

Sri Lakulisha was the famous propagator of pAshupata tradition of Shaivism. He is considered as an incarnation of Shiva. What is his life story? What are his main teachings? Are there any miracles ...
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Who was acharya SrirAm Sharma?

He was the founder of gAyatrI parivar. He propagated gayatri worship among the masses. What is his life story? What were his main teachings ?
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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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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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Can unenlightened person initiate people?

Person who have not yet reached the highest, but practicing sadhana and have acquired some siddhis can intiate people?
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Is “Dera Sacha Sauda” part of Hinduism or a different religion?

Recently after the conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, I was wondering if the Dera Sacha Sauda is merely a cult or a part of Hindu religion? What kind of philosophy do they believe in?
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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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Should one always abide by his parents' will or can he go against it only if he is right? [duplicate]

I want to ask this question with the help of a real life scenario. Basically, what if one wants to pursue an educational field associating with this world just for a living so that he can progress in ...
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Sri bhagavad ayya says “There is nothing to be done” [closed]

"Everything which is achieved, has to be loosed away" which means Liberation is not a sate which can be attained because we are already liberated, we just have to see it. Liberation is very simple ...
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Can present day teachers be considered as Gurus?

From Mahabaratha, Ramayana we find Guru's like Dronacharya, Viswamitra, Sandipani etc., It is emphasized many times in Mahabaratha that Guru should be respected well. If a person humiliates/ ...