A guru is a spiritual teacher, someone who leads a follower to wisdom and self-realization, imparts knowledge. A guru guides his disciple to divinity. The word guru is commonly used in the Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh traditions to indicate a religious teacher. The word originates in Sanskrit, and is formed by the syllables gu and ru. Gu indicates darkness, and ru indicates destruction. Thus, when translated directly, guru means ‘dispeller of darkness’ where unawareness is dark and spiritual knowledge, is light. In the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna, in his youth, goes to the ashram of Guru Sandiipanii, to gain knowledge of both intellectual and spiritual matters. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna plays the role of guru to Arjuna, guiding him through his doubts regarding morality and duty. In the Ramayana, the guru-shishya relationship is demonstrated through the hero Rama and the monkey deity Hanuman. In the Guru Gita, Lord Shiva is the guru, while his female consort Parvati is the shishya. In the Hindu tradition, it is believed that one can attain moksha only through a Guru. Mantras given by a Guru when recited enlighten a human mind. The guru will guide the disciple in religious rituals and ceremonies with the goal of awakening the sleeping shaktis or spiritual knowledge. In many cases the guru is revered above the god, as the guru is the one who leads the disciple to the encounter with the god. In this section of holydrops.com members will share their knowledge about various spiritual gurus and saints.


Srimanta Madhabdeva

ABOUT GURU :Srimanta Madhabdeva (1489-1596) is an important preceptor of the Mahapuruxiya Dharma known for his loyalty to his guru, Srimanta Sankardeva as well as his artistic brilliance. Initially a sakta worshipper, he was converted to Mahapuruxiya Dharma by the Sankardeva and became his most prom

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Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankardeva

Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankardeva, saint-scholar, playwright, social-religious reformer, is a colossal figure in the cultural and religious history of Assam, India. He is credited with providing a thread of unity to Assam straddling two major kingdoms (Ahom and Koch kingdoms), building on past literar

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR IS HUMANITARIAN LEADER, SPIRITUAL TEACHER AND AMBASSADOR OF PEACE. HIS VISION OF A STRESS-FREE, VIOLENCE-FREE SOCIETY HAS UNITED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE THE WORLD OVER THROUGH SERVICE PROJECTS AND THE COURSES OF THE ART OF LIVING. BORN IN 1956 IN SOUTHERN INDIA, SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR

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Adi Shankaracharya

ADI SHANKARA WAS AN INDIAN PHILOSOPHER WHO CONSOLIDATED THE DOCTRINE OF ADVAITA VEDANTA, A SUB-SCHOOL OF VEDANTA. HIS TEACHINGS ARE BASED ON THE UNITY OF THE SOUL AND BRAHMAN, IN OTHER WORDS NON-DUAL BRAHMAN, IN WHICH BRAHMAN IS VIEWED AS WITHOUT ATTRIBUTES. HE HAILED FROM KALADY OF PRESENT DAY KERA

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