As per the scriptures, a right guru must be fulfilling two important qualities:
Srotriya : He must be well versed in all the sashtras, i.e. Vedas, Puranas, Philosophies, etc. (master in theory)
Brahmanistha: He must himself have realized God and stays fixed in Him. (master in practice)
So the scriptures say as below:
tad vijñānārthaṃ sa gurum ...
The answer is simple. Just ask yourself:
How attached am I to this material life?
How much material desire do I have?
Do I like the life experience here?
Depending upon your answers and how you feel about them, you can easily decide which path is suitable for you. Because the scripture says the following:
nirviṇṇānāṁ jñāna-yogo nyāsinām iha karmasu
Adding few points to jabahar's answer:
There is no privilege to change Guru in the disciple's lifetime. One has to take enough time in choosing a right Guru. Infact it is not the student who finds the guru, it is the guru who finds the student. Based on one's strong determination, he may get the right Guru.
Few references to add are:
(1) Once a disciple ...
This is from the concluding cheaper of the book Journey from Many to One / Essentials of Advaita Vedanta by Swami Bhaskarananda.
I found this relevant to your question.
Hinduism, the oldest of all major religions, belongs to the oldest
living civilization of this planet.The difference between a young
civilization and an old civilization is comparable ...
Krishna says in the Gita (IV. 34.) Swami Nikhilananda translator:
Learn it by prostration, by inquiry and by service. The wise, who have seen the Truth, will teach you that Knowledge.
And the Chandogya Upanishad (IV. ix. 3.) Swami Nikhilananda translator:
Only the knowledge that is learnt from a teacher leads to the Highest Good.
And again in ...
You can read Sri Ramakrishna's experience given in 'The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna'. Here is an excerpt from 'The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna':
A man's spiritual consciousness is not awakened unless his Kundalini
is aroused. The Kundalini dwells in the Muladhara. When it is
aroused, it passes along the Sushumna nerve, goes through the centres
It is not only according to Hinduism, It applies to all religious,
Karma Yoga is the best way to reach god and it is also a best way of achieving "Moksha".
As we have seen, karma yoga can be described as the way of faithful action without any interest in its effects and without any personal sense of giving. In other ...
It depends upon the perspective one analyzes him from. As per the scriptures God or bhagavan is someone who fulfills six qualities (complete splendor, virtue, glory, opulence, knowledge, dispassion) combinedly known as bhaga:
aiśvaryasya samagrasya dharmasya yaśasariśrayaḥ
jñānavairāgyayoścaiva ṣaṇṇāṃ bhaga itīraṇā [VP - 6.5.74]
I don't know what exactly you mean by Red Bindu Ananda and Golden Loka Ananda. Here is one verse that discuss about different types or levels of Ananda from Brahmananda Valli of Taittiriya Upanishad.
II-viii-1-4: Out of His fear the Wind blows. Out of fear the Sun rises. Out of His fear runs Fire, as also Indra, and Death, the fifth.
This, then, is ...
What the Guru Gita is saying should be taken more as a guideline for aspirants rather than as a test or a guideline to an aspirant's advancement. There is no stage at which an aspirant turns a Mauni. I have personally met a few sadhus who kept complete silence at all times. Have met several who have kept a vow of not speaking one day a week. Some have been ...
The mind's eye and the third eye are sometimes used interchangeably but depending upon the author, it can mean the same thing or two different things. Sometimes the mind's eye simply means to use your mind's imagination to see something mentally. When it is used to denote the same thing it means the third eye between the eyebrows and this is known as the ...
Its important to understand what "Siddhi" means. Siddhi which means accomplishment may refer to different things based on context.
When a mantra sadhana is done for fulfillment of specific sankalpa/vow taken, then accomplishment of that sankalpa is considered the siddhi of the mantra.
When a mantra sadhana is done with a desire to attain the shakti/power ...
There are different kinds of reasons for a individual to fall off or wander away from the spiritual path /life at the different stages.
The main reasons of falling are either internal (our mind) or External (materialistic world.)
The internal reasons are which are generated ...
The Ashrama system is designed according to the stages of life viz. student, householder, retired and renounced life according to age and are related to the proper combination of four Purushartha viz. Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.
Though there is no strict rule that one can take Sannyasa only after Vanaprasthashrama. One can take Sannyasa from any Ashrama ...
When one can take Sanyasa?
The answer is also provided in Shreemad Bhagvat Purana by Lord Shree Krishna himself (Skanda 11 Chapter 18 verse 12) The name of the chapter is" Dharma of Vaanprastha & Sansyasis"
Here is the sanskrit shloka-:
यदा कर्मविपाकेषु लोकेषु निरयात्मसु।
विरागो जायते सम्यङ्ग न्यस्तग्नि: प्रव्रजेत्तत:॥12॥
The only way to kill ego and fear is to realize Brahman. To realize Brahman you need a guru. The Mundaka Upanishad (I. ii. 12) says: "A Brahmana should resort to renunciation after examining the worlds acquired through karma, with the help of this maxim: 'There is nothing (here) that is not the result of karma; so what is the need of (performing) karma?' For ...
Probably the best and easiest way to kill ego is to practice devotion. It is because as long as you do anything else in someway or other it will indirectly affect your ego. But in devotion one considers himself as a mere servant of God and hence egoistic feelings will gradually decrease.
Ego is very difficult to overcome as it arises ...
All these are a result of being entangled in the material modes, primarliy rajas and tamas. While there are multiple ways the best means that Vyasadeva gave us is Srimadbhagavatam. It is the purest form of literature and a natural summary and commentary of Vedas/Vedantasutra as mentioned in the scripture itself. There in it is said:
SB 1.7.5 — Due to this ...
The recension of the Gita commented on by Sankara has this as verse 2.55. In his commentary on this verse, Sankara says (Swami Gambhirananda translator):
In the verses beginning from 'When one fully renounces...', and ending with the completion the Chapter, instruction about the characteristics of the man of steady wisdom and the disciplines (he has ...
It may or not have been a neurotic disorder or an actual spiritual experience. Unfortunately, a spiritual experience that is not based on spiritual disciplines can sometimes leave the person literally mad.
Swami Vivekananda says (Complete Works, V2, p 390, available here under the heading Practical Vedanta and Other Lectures, sub-heading The Ideal of a ...
GYAN MUDRA – FOR WISDOM
VAAYU MUDRA – FOR CALMNESS
AAKASH MUDRA – FOR LIGHTNESS
SHUNYA MUDRA – FOR PAIN RELIEF
PRITHVI MUDRA – FOR STRENGTH
SURYA MUDRA – FOR WEIGHT LOSS
VARUN MUDRA – FOR MOISTURIZATION
JAL SHAAMAK MUDRA – FOR STABILITY
Thease are the very usefull mudras
For the detail description please refer this link.
For the meditation,
These both ...
Cannot be described perfectly as you request as these are not exactly defined terms.
The easiest is sectarian affiliation, which simply means which sect do you identify with or belong to.
Spiritual path is a vague term, not used or defined in scripture. It can mean mean many things. Sometimes the religion you follow, or sect you belong to, or yoga methods ...
Well there is first to know the significance of the Mudaras.
Gheranda Samhita is a manual of yoga taught by Gheranda to Chanda Kapali. Unlike other hatha yoga texts, the Gheranda Samhita speaks of a sevenfold yoga:
Shatkarma for purification
Asana for strengthening
Mudra for steadying
Pratyahara for calming
Pranayama for lightness
Dhyana for ...
Because Satva Guna helps in approaching spirituality thought it doesn't lead one to Moksha.
See the nature of three Gunas as described in Bhagavag Gita
14.11 When the illumination that is knowledge radiates in this body through all the doors (of the senses), then one should know that sattva has increased greatly.
14.12 O best of the Bharata dynasty, when ...
Just try to understand truth, it can be done anytime, and no matter what you are doing.
Whenever you notice something, dont ignore, try to question it. try to understand it with logic and senses.
By doing like this you will realise that reality is different than our mindset.
Best source is Shreemad Bhagwadgeeta, it answers everything.
You need not be a saint,...
I am only adding to Be Happy's answer. I am in agreement with most of his answer. My points are in addition to his. First, the third qualification of the guru is sinlessness. The guru should be above any moral approach. This includes brahmachari.
Second, one cannot change gurus. As Ramakrishna Paramahamsa says in the The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (Appendix ...
To answer the question
What are Mudras ?
Mudras act as switches to send Prana to different part of the body just like switches can be used to activate different parts of a circuit:
Life energy can be intelligently directed through the circuitry of the
nervous system to heal mind and body.
Prana is the subtle life energy of body and mind. Long ...
All desires are ultimately bestowed by the Supreme Lord.
Katha Upanishad 2.2.13:
yo vidadhati kaman
He is the prime eternal among all eternals. He is the supreme living
entity of all living entities, and He alone is maintaining all life
If some one is on the spiritual path and yet ...