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One should worship the Guru as God. One should acknowledge the guru's instructions in all things spiritual. Gurus, however, are men and their knowledge of the physical world is limited to their own past experiences and understandings. Swami Vivekananda said that one can have knowledge of clay, but having knowledge of clay does not mean that you have ...


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No, there is no need to believe blindly in whatever the Guru said. Totapuri the Advaita Guru of Sri Ramakrishna taught him Jnana for 11 months and still Sri Ramakrishna did not give up Bhakti. MAHIMA: "I have a question to ask, sir. A lover of God needs Nirvana some time or other, doesn't he?" MASTER: "It can't be said that bhaktas need Nirvana. ...


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After an intense debate between Faith and Logic. HH Pramukh Swami concluded by saying, Use your brain/Logic until you find a true guru. Once you find Him, Put Your Mind aside and Have complete faith in him. The pre-requisites before accepting a guru involves: Examining whether he exemplifies what he preaches. Knowing the spiritual powers of his guru. ...


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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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Then Drona, addressed Ekalavya, saying, 'If, O hero, thou art really my pupil, give me then my fees.' On hearing these words, Ekalavya was very much gratified, and said in reply, 'O illustrious preceptor, what shall I give? Command me; for there is nothing, O foremost of all persons conversant with the Vedas, that I may not give unto my preceptor.' Drona ...


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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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First the problem is the misunderstanding of the word Guru. Once the student internalizes the meaning of Guru, they this "cognitive dissonance" wouldn't arise. Even if it does, easiest way is to follow the Guru's orders blindly and politely ask him/her for solution. Guru's purpose is to raise the consciousness of the disciple, and they lay down the path to ...


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