The following is an excerpt from the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi.
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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 ...
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 ...
Let's look at the story from the Mahābhārata. Bhīṣma narrates this to Satyavatī after he has just told her he cannot break his vow of brahmacarya (by performing niyoga on her daughters-in-law):
Ādi Parva; Saṃbhava Parva; Ch. 97-98
O queen! In order to prevent Shantanu's lineage from becoming extinct, I will tell you the eternal dharma of ...
Deeksha may be or may not be necessary for attaining Brahma Jnana or SELF REALISATION. It depends on the prArabdha of the individual concerned.
1) Ramakrishna "Gadadhar" Chattopadhyay later known as Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa had Gurus for initiating him into various methods of worship of the Almighty.
Bhairavi Brahmani initiated Ramakrishna into Tantra,
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.
Shiva Purana: Shiva
Bhagavata Purana : Vishnu
Devi Bhagavatam : Devi
We have to remember that proper education, whichever branch the student may drift into, should have a strong moral foundation. brahmacharya - maintaining celibacy (one of the meanings) was made sine qua non, in this country, for getting education.
A glorification of the Brahmachgri or religious student was mentioned in Atharva Veda.
By Fervour and ...