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Guru-Sishya (Disciple) Relationship

Guru-Sishya (Disciple) Relationship

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A detailed article on Guru-Sishya relationship ,as elaborated in Hindu traditions and in the context of such relationships obtaining in India and elsewhere, with reference to Hindu gurus and ashram life. Several factors such as self-surrender, humility,learning ,forms of worship etc are explored.The common pitfalls and weaknesses and the role of gurus in guiding a disciple are carefully explained. The dangers due to false and bogus gurus are briefly touched upon.
A detailed article on Guru-Sishya relationship ,as elaborated in Hindu traditions and in the context of such relationships obtaining in India and elsewhere, with reference to Hindu gurus and ashram life. Several factors such as self-surrender, humility,learning ,forms of worship etc are explored.The common pitfalls and weaknesses and the role of gurus in guiding a disciple are carefully explained. The dangers due to false and bogus gurus are briefly touched upon.

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Published by: Dr Srinivasan Nenmeli -K on Mar 10, 2014
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Guru - Disciple
[Sishya] relationship
 
N K Srinivasan
 
Introduction
 
This topic is central to our tradition of spiritual path and training in Hindu religion. Similar traditions exist in other religions too.
 
A "guru" is defined as " one who dispels darkness or ignorance" ,meaning spiritual ignorance. Let me hasten to add that a guru is not merely a teacher or instructor. Thus one who gives lectures to you on Vedanta or teaches yoga asanas may not be considered a guru unless you learn spiritual practices also with him at close quarters.
 
I wanted to write on this topic for a long
 
 
time but felt diffident to do justice to this important topic. Only now I felt compelled to write after certain recent inner experience.
 
It should be noted that to understand this topic--that is "Guru-Sishya realtionship" or G-S relationship , one must learn about a few other related topics ,firmly established in Hindu traditions. One is " self-surrender" , the other is "renunciation" , and thirdly "ashram " life.
 
One seeks a guru for spiritual training and for the ultimate result of self-realization, leading to liberation or "mukti"--liberation from the cycle of births and deaths. One may be liberated while in the physical body , called "Jivan Mukthi" or
 
 
after leaving this body ,called " Videha Mukthi".
 
The nature of this relationship
 
Much confusion has occurred over this relationship , particularly in the West, mainly because of limited understanding or misunderstanding of the true implications .
 
It is wrong to suppose that a guru, however exalted he or she may be, will confer spiritual knowledge or 'grace' as a matter of course and liberate you from your previous baggage of bad tendencies [vasanas], with a touch or glance, in a trifle....At best , the guru will slowly guide you and reveal your own weaknesses in small degrees and prepare you for the

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