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 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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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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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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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/ ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 mantras help transfer energy miraculously to a person or object?

By means of a secret Mantra or formula a spiritual guru or God when pleased can donate or transfer spiritual energy to others... for example at the end of an arduous dedicated work or tapas to a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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