the role of a Guru (teacher) and Shishya (student) it is important
to understand the meaning of these two words.
is made up of two words Gu and Ru where Gu means Darkness and
Ru Means one who removes darkness of ignorance through the light
means a disciple. He is a person who has a desire to gain knowledge.
A Sishya should give priority to obey the orders of his guru and
not his ego. A true sishya should try to face and solve the problems
on his own and only the ask guru for solution when he feels that
now he cannot get solution.
A true Sishya should not move around his guru trying to butter
him and expecting something in return nor should he be totally
dependant on his guru. He should try to uplift his own energy
through the guidance of his guru and should not expect his guru
to do spoon feeding for him.
true Guru is a person who gives knowledge to his disciple till
his doubts and delusions are not cleared. A true Sishya is a person
who has complete faith on his Guru. In order to become a true
sishya a person requires two things Trust and Devotion.
relationship of a Guru and Sishya is such that a Sishya want to
give everything to his Guru and a Guru does not need anything
from his Sishya. A Guru is also considered as a path from which
a person moves towards God.
of Guru-Sishya in todays life :
is obvious that every person cannot spend his life in learning
Vedas, scriptures, etc. as the world changes a person has to change
too. In today’s world the role of Guru is to teach the difference
between right and wrong and help his Sishya when he gets stuck.
A role of Sishya is to learn and implement the knowledge given
to him by his Guru.
achieving the knowledge it the path of Sishya on which only he
has to walk. A Guru can show path but he can’t walk on that
path on behalf of his Sishya.
all Gurus are fake but in today’s world most Gurus have
changed and so has the Sishyas. Most of the people move around
a swami, tantrik or guru thinking that we will get something in
return. People think that a Guru has a magical wand which will
make him supreme and happy but what he forgets is that real happiness
comes from inside.
people out of 100 will go near a Guru or a learned not to learn
but thinking that he will move his magical wand and make his life
happy and wealthy. What a person needs to understand is that a
gurus role is to teach you what is right and wrong but on that
it is finally you has to walk and earn your karms and is this
no guru can give you spoon feeding.
doubt the gurus have also changed as not only there is competition
between the swamis in building ashrams and having foreigners as
their sishyas. Majority of Gurus keep sishyas because they need
people to move around them to show their status and get their
True guru knows what you need :
a person does not receive any knowledge from his guru he starts
to talk bad of his guru but before that he should ask himself
2 questions 1st. Were my motives selfish and if yes then you got
what you deserved and if no then find another guru and 2nd Did
I deserve to have the knowledge which I asked for? Here the fact
is that a guru gives certain knowledge to only those people who
he thinks has achieved that stage in which he can be given that
knowledge. To gain certain knowledge certain merits are required
and if you don’t have it then you won’t get that knowledge.
A true guru will give you want you need and not what you want.
blind man cannot show path to another blind and hence it would
be wise to keep intensions good and learn things from a true guru
and then on the basis of the knowledge achieved walk on the road
of life on your own merits.
we need a guru and for how long :
guru is a person who shows you a right path. A guru is also a
human being and he too has achieved knowledge from his guru or
by the experiences in life. If you think you don’t need
a guru then you can read the sacred texts and find the path on
your own. By doing so no doubt the road to your life will be a
bit tough but not impossible.
can have a guru till you think you have got the knowledge which
you needed or the guru thinks you achieved the knowledge which
you deserved or you can take help of your guru when you get stuck
till then fight your battles of life on your own.
Suppose you need to fit a air conditioner in your house at that
time you call a electrician, he fits the air conditioner in your
house after that you dont need the electrician till your A.C.
is working same way you need a guru to gain knowledge and establish
a link between you and god after that link is established you
need guru only when you feel that you are stuck up in spiritual
field or you need to move further in spiritual field.
Hinduism 4 Ashrams (stages) are mentioned if you see the role
of guru is only till 1st stage rest is all on the person himself.
No doubt if a person gets stuck a guru can give guidance.
4 Ashrams (stages) :
ancient times a person life was divided in 4 stages.
stage Brahmacharya (student life) –
Here a child would stay with his Guru in Gurukul (school) and
acquire knowledge of Vedas, Scriptures, Dharma, etc. This stage
starts at the age of 5 and lasts approximately till age 24 or
25. A person lives a life of a Brahmacharya during this stage
stage Grihasth (household life) – During this stage
a person lives a life of a householder and performs his duties
towards his family, society and serving saints. This stage starts
at the age of 25 and lasts till the age of 49.
Stage Vanprasth (retired life) –
After performing his duties towards his Grihasth Ashram a person
starts to prepare himself for the 4th stage. In the 3rd stage
a person starts to detach himself from worldly pleasures and gradually
withdraws himself from the world. This stage starts at the age
of 50 and lasts till 74 years.
Stage Sanyas (renounced life) – Here a person is
completely withdrawn from the world and spends the rest of his
life doing meditation, tapasya, etc. to attain salvation (moksh).
This stage starts at the age of 75 and lasts till 100 years or
till a person lives.
I have more then one guru? :
Mahabharat Yaksh asked Yudhisthir 18 question but one questions
answer we can connect it to the above mentioned question answer.
: Is the complete truth of Dharma as described by Rishis
: No, because one rishis thinking does not match with
another Rishis thinking, there is a difference in their thinking.
No rishi has complete knowledge. The complete truth of Dharma
is in a person’s heart.
the above answer given by Yudhisthir to Yaksh we can know that
no Swami, hermit, sage, tantrik, etc has a complete knowledge.
If you are in a search of a specific knowledge and your guru does
not have answer to your question then there is nothing wrong in
going near another guru.
or unknowingly we make guru every day. Suppose you are traveling
and need a direction at that time you ask some one who knows that
direction. You ask that person and he shows you the correct direction
this means that you took the knowledge from that person and hence
knowingly or unknowingly that person your guru for that short
is what guru does he shows you the path and then you move ahead.
If you think that guru or god can save you from the law of karma
with a magical wand then you are wrong.
is a process in which a guru gives a specific mantra to his disciple
for progress in spiritual field. Its just like giving a torch
to a person darkness.