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Quoting the verse from this answer: Mantridoshascha rAjAnam jAyAdoshah patim yathA | TathA prApnotyasandeham shishyapApam gurum priye || Just like a king gets affected by the sins committed by his ministers, a husband gets affected by the sins committed by his wife, likewise, without any doubt, O Beloved, a disciple's sins affect the Teacher ...


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Yes, it is true that taking Dīkşā or initiation is mandatory. But to know the importance of Dīkşā, one must know the greatness of Guru. Guru is embodiment of Mańtras, Śabdabrahmaman and consciousness; whatever words are uttered by Guru are to be considered as Guru Mańtra. The Mańtra that Guru whispers into the ear of disciple during Dīkşā pervades each and ...


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In a conflict between Guru and Shastra, what should be precedent? The shastra takes precedence. From the Manusmriti: 2.6 - The entire Veda is the root-source of Dharma; also the Conscientious Recollection of righteous persons versed in the Veda [Smritis], the Practice of Good (and learned) Men [Achara], and their self-satisfaction [ātmanastuṣṭi]. The ...


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The so called "bad Gurus" or the "incapable ones" are present in every age. But probably in today's time they are the majority. Even the scriptures admit that there will always be Gurus of that nature. Guravo vahabah santi shishya-vittApahArakAh | Durlabhohayam gurur-devi shishya-dukkhapaharakah || There are plenty of Gurus who steal the disciple'...


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The following is an excerpt from the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi. Mr. Evans-Wentz continued another day: “May one have more than one spiritual master?” M.: Who is a Master? He is the Self after all. According to the stages of the development of the mind the Self manifests as the Master externally. The famous ancient saint Avadhuta said ...


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A short biography of Swami Ramananda's life, in poetic form, can be found in the Sri Bhaktamala. In addition to many devotional poems, Swami Ramananda is credited to have authored two philosophical works, in Sanskrit, which lays the foundations of the Ramanandi school of Vaishnavism. These works are as follows: 1) Ramarchana Paddhati (You can read it, in ...


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In one of the comments, you said that Niradhara=without rituals and Sadhara=with rituals. Then, Sadhara is clearly what is called the KriyAvati DikshA in KulArnava Tantram. Niradhara can be of three types as mentioned below. In KulArnava Tantram's 14th Chapter, various types of initiations are described. Some of which are based on rituals where as the ...


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We find a reference of her as the Guru of Govindaraja and as the disciple of a Sri Vidya Parampara Guru called Shiva Ananda Natha. One special type of Shakta Yoga, which is related to the Shambhopaya technique of the Trika system, is called "Kalinaya". Keyuravati was adept in this form and was an important female Guru in this lineage too. There is a ...


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As noted in this answer, a Shakta should get a Shakta Guru and same for a Vaishnava. But when a Siddha Guru is giving Mantra the disciple should not consider which Mantra it is. Omkarnath was a Vaishnava saint. His Sampradaya was Ramanandi. But he gave Dikshas of various other deity Mantras too. Quoting from their website: The Ramananda sect ...


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Guru and Sishya relationship may not always ends in SPIRITUALITY as explained in this answer. In Kacha and Devayani story Kacha tells Devayani that she is like a sister to him as she was the daughter of his guru. In Mahabharata Arjuna spent one full year in the inner women apartments of King Virata as a dance teacher of Uttara. After his victory over ...


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Well, a guru is required to each person. A selfless guru, just like Swami Vivekanand's guru Ramkrushn Paramhans. But if one cannnot find such (just like in kali yug today). Yog is preferred. But a true Yog can be taught by the Guru. Even if that Guru is not available then Shastr (Books By Rishis with Sanskrit) are the only guru left. for your information, a ...


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Shastra is a general term. If you mean sruti, then a true guru cannot contradict sruti. A true guru is living sruti. If you mean smriti, or any other meaning to scripture, than a guru can contradict, for two reasons. First, not being sruti, they are by definition written by man, not by God. Second, different sects accept different smritis as smriti. The real ...


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The meaning of Shastra; Shastra (शास्त्र) is a Sanskrit word that means "precept, rules, manual, compendium, book or treatise" in a general sense. The word is generally used as a suffix in the Indian literature context, for technical or specialized knowledge in a defined area of practice. Shastra has a similar meaning to English -logy, e.g. ...


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External Guru manifests, when one gets lost in spiritual progress. Grace D. How is the Guru found? M. God, who is immanent, in His grace takes pity on the loving devotee and manifests Himself according to the devotee’s development. The devotee thinks that He is a man and expects a relationship as between two physical bodies. But the Guru, who ...


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Following Yama and Niyama WILL BE a starting point for getting grace of the God/Guru. However, there will not be any fixed methodology for attaining the grace of the God/Guru. And, there will not be any fixed time limit within which the grace of the God/Guru is assured. It varies from person to person. Even for a SPIRITUALLY advanced person like Swami ...


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गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुर्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः । गुरुरेव परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥१॥ A Guru is absolutely necessary for every aspirant in the spiritual path. It is only the Guru who will find out your defects. The nature of egoism is such that you will not be able to find out your own defects. Just as a man cannot see his back, so also he cannot ...


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The question is how this bonding or relationship between a Guru and a Shishya is explained in Hinduism ? Sri Krishna says in BG तद्विद्धि प्रणिपातेन परिप्रश्नेन सेवया। उपदेक्ष्यन्ति ते ज्ञानं ज्ञानिनस्तत्त्वदर्शिनः।।4.34।। This you should learn [from those, endowed with knowledge], by prostration, by iniry and by service [all offered to them];...


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There is a concept of Saranagathi or complete surrender. Do whatever the Guru asks you to do, help him in whatever ways you can in all his endeavors,take good care of him. Whatever makes him see you as worthy enough to receive the Divine Knowledge. There is a Poem by Thotaka an ardent Disciple of Aadi-Shankara called "Thotakashtakam" https://mahaperiyavaa....


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Guru Sakshath Parabrahma. Ganesha’s teacher is Parabrahman himself. I thought this was from Ganesh Purana but looks like I did see it one episode of the untold stories of Ganesh in the Hindi mythological serial 'Vignahartha Ganesh'. There are no references to this in the scriptures AFAIK. However, it is true that Ganesha’s Kundalini awakening and subsequent ...


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The question is: Being a guru, Brihaspati had sex with his younger brother's wife and yet why did the devas let him be their guru? Puranas came into existence, post Mahabharata period. The main content of each purana will revolve around the main deity. For example: Shiva Purana: Shiva Bhagavata Purana : Vishnu Devi Bhagavatam : Devi Apart ...


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It's only in the Tantras, that the concept that a woman can be a Guru is allowed. In scriptures like Smritis (Manu Smriti etc) women are not even allowed initiation. So, the question of women becoming Gurus of others is invalid. From the Tantras, I have been able to find out two such references. First one: EkAkshare tathA kute traipure mantra nAyike | ...


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Robert Svoboda, quoting Vimalananda (his Aghori mentor): Vitthala wanted to initiate him into the undifferentiated reality, by killing, butchering, and cooking: Sadguru, Karnaguru, and Upaguru. Have you ever heard of the Sadguru, Karnaguru, and Upaguru? The Sadguru kills the aspirant - separating him from his mundane existence. The Karnaguru flays the ...


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