What is guru?


gurudev (2)

Swamiji fills up the word guru. It is said that the letter gu stands for darkness or ignorance and the letter ru stands for light or knowledge that dispels the darkness. Guru is therefore the one who dispels the darkness of ignorance in the heart of the disciple. This great task requires a teacher who is a śrotriya, one having an in-depth knowledge of the scriptures and possessing the art of communication, and a brahmanishtha, one who is rooted in the Truth reflecting the beauty of the Truth in word and deed. For such a teacher, teaching is a joy because he has only to unfold himself. The Truth is unfolded as the self of the teacher that is non-different from the self of the taught. Therefore, the student finds his own self being unfolded by the teacher; he finds his own reflection in the words of the teacher. This is what we found while listening to Swamiji.

Swami Viditatmananda about his Guru Swami Dayanandji


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