Should You Have a Guru in your Life?


Guru Word Origin

We live in a fast-paced society and the idea of having a guru may seem tempting. After all, gurus are often there for us.  They give us guidance into our spiritual lives and tend to make us feel that we can count on them when things are down.  The word guru is a Sanskrit term.  It means teacher.  A guru is supposed to lead you out of a dark way of thinking into something that the “light” will guide you in. When you are spiritually lost, a guru is there to pick you up and show you that way.  A guru is someone that will keep you uplifted when all things in life seem to be failing you.

A guru is often found in the Hindu religion.  Archaeologists discovered that gurus first existed around the 1st millennium. One would often reach out to a guru when they felt like their life was not moving in a direction that made a lot of sense.  Someone was often said to be enlightened and therefore a guru could guide many people.  They are somewhat like prophets from both the Old and New Testament.  They were meant to guide the people.

What is Guru

Gurus were often well versed in Buddhism, Hinduism, philosophy, paining and martial arts.  Gurus were often well rounded and earned their living as a teacher. Men and women would often pay them a fee for their services or give a donation of either money, food, clothing and whatever could be sold for value.

People often find that their best guru comes from a faith that they believe strongly in.  Some people see the: Dalai Lama, Pope, Deepak Chopra, Buddhism, ancient prophets, psychics and other spiritual enlightened ones as their guru.  A guru can help you to find your way if you feel lost.

If you have ever suffered from alcoholism or drug addiction or know someone that has, you should know that spirituality is encouraged for healing. The founding father of Alcoholics Anonymous Bill Wilson found that he could not give up alcoholism until he found his religion. He was admitted into many hospitals for alcoholism.  They hospitals finally told him if they see him again, he would be admitted indefinitely.  Bill Wilson knew that he had to change.  He decided to give his life to Jesus Christ.

For many, Jesus Christ is a guru for them. He is also their savior and Lord.  If one reads the New Testament, they will find that Jesus forgives all sin and that they can see the light through him. 

Gurus tend to teach if you do things there way, your life will become more enlightened. You may even start to see miracles happen in your life. 

Millions of men and women take a spiritual retreat every single year in order to find their inner peace.  Many people believe that you can become enlightened through prayer and meditation.  Often, a person may travel to a far distance in order to experience a strong religious experience.  Many people have found that traveling to Brazil to see John of God or visiting a shaman in Arizona is a way to spend time in relaxation.

When people dig deeper into their inner spirit, they tend to find their own spiritual path. They often find that connecting with the spiritual world helps them to see that there is a light around them that begins to make a lot more sense.  You begin to see that you are not just a physical body. You begin to gain enlightenment that you have a soul. We can all learn more about our spirituality by taking time out of our busy schedule in order to reach a state of learning and knowing what happens all about us. 

Movies like The Love Guru will show you the funny side of a guru.  Actor Mike Myers plays the part well. However, people often don’t find comedy in their guru.  They often think of them as being the one that is going to show them the way to a better life and perhaps a life that is better than the one, we have here on planet earth. 

Another Name for Guru

  • Sage
  • Prophet
  • Master
  • Mentor
  • Leader
  • Educator
  • Philosopher
  • Psychic
  • Yogi
  • Expert
  • Advisor
  • Wise Man

What Does Guru Stand For?

Guru stands for a religious philosopher.  A guru in India is often known as someone that guides the people.  They have a higher knowledge of spiritual life than the ordinary person does.  A guru is also a teacher. 

How Do You Spell Guru?

Many people have trouble spelling the word guru. It is often mistakenly spelt like: juru, jaro, ginio, gino.  However, it is spelt GURU. 

How to Get a Guru

Getting a guru is not an easy process.  First, you need to believe that you need a guru in your life.  Second, you must find a guru method of teaching that you are comfortable with.  Whether you want to follow Tirumalai Krishnamacharya or B K S Iyengar is up to you.  Everyone has different needs.

In order to find the right guru to work with, you must see what you are trying to achieve. For instance, if you want to do meditation, it is often a good idea to follow a guru like Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  He was known for guiding people through meditation and he attracted many well-known celebrities. 

A guru is not like a teacher that you meet in a university or school.  Gurus often speak to thousands of people at one time.  You can often find him/her at spiritual conferences. Gurus often have disciples that they train to take on their message to the world. You may never get to meet the guru that you are following.  However, you can often meet their disciples. If for instance, you wanted to follow the Dalai Lama, you would meet one of his disciples and teachers.  You could learn the methods of meditation that he teaches.  If you are wanting to follow the Pope of the Catholic church, you would see a priest and ask them for spiritual advice.  Gurus are often famous and well known for bringing something important to humanity.

If you don’t like something that your guru is teaching, you can find another guru.  Today, Gurus are touching people all over the world and often teaching about meditation. 

List of World-Famous Gurus

  • Bikram Choudhury
  • Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
  • Paramahansa Yogananda
  • K Pattabhi Jois
  • Swami Sivananda
  • Tirumalai Krishnamacharya
  • Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • Jaggi Vasudev

The 10 Gurus

  • Guru Gobind Singh
  • Guru Har Krishan
  • Guru Har Gobind
  • Guru Ram Das
  • Guru Angad
  • Guru Tegh Bahadurgad
  • Guru Har Rai
  • Guru Arjan
  • Guru Amar Das
  • Guru Nanak

Who Was Bikram Choudhury?

He is an American born yoga guru. He founded the Bikram style of yoga.  This style of yoga uses twenty-six hatha yoga postures. It is done in high temperatures of one hundred and four degrees.  He began learning how to do yoga in 1969. He was born in Calcutta India in the year 1944. 

The Life of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya

Born in 1888 and died in 1989 at the age of 100.  He was a guru in the area of yoga. He was a teacher, scholar and healer.  He is the “father” of modern-day yoga.  His teachings helped thousands of people during the 20th century and this style of yoga continues to this day.

He gave a lot of new teachings to hatha yoga.  He held several degrees in Indian philosophy.  He was known for wandering around India to endorse yoga.  On several occasions, he was known to have stopped his heartbeat.  He is known for starting Viniyoga.  Some people refer to this as Vinyasa Krama. 

Many of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya’s went on to become world famous gurus. You may recognize some of these names:

  • G. Mohan
  • Srivatsa Ramaswami
  • Indra Devi
  • Pattabhi Jois

He was the oldest child of 6. He had 3 sisters and 2 brothers. He went through upanayana training at the age of 6.  He lost his father at the age of 10.  He enjoyed debating the Shastra in school.

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya spent his youth studying Indian philosophies.  When he turned 18, he studied at the university Varanasi.  He also studied at Queens college where he obtained a few teaching certificates. 

Unfortunately, he did not have financial support from his family and friends.  He was only able to eat by visiting homes and offering prayer in exchange for food.  He followed the Indian tradition of only allowing himself to visit 7 homes per day.

After he finished his studies at Queens college, he went on to study at Patna University.  After he finished his schooling, he studied under his master Yogeshwara Ramamohana Brahmachari.  He eventually went on to become an advisor for maharajah.

His yoga techniques allowed him to put on many public demonstrations. This included:

  • Lifting heavy matters with his teeth.
  • Stopping a car with his basic hands.
  • Appending his pulse.

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya wrote a book entitled, “Yoga Makaranda”.  It was released in the year 1934. He was known for having a lot of anger in which he expressed publicly to his friends, family and students.  He was known to be extremely critical as well.  He was often called upon by people that were ill for healing. 

This guru did teach at Vivekananda College.  He went on to structure his yoga teachings for each person individually.  As popular as he became, he never accepted that he was the original founder of his technique of yoga. Instead, he humbled himself and gave credit to the ancient texts of yoga that he had found. 

When he fractured his hip, he did not want to have surgery done. He instead did exercises in bed and recovered on his own.  He was 96 years of age.  He later died at the age of 100 after going into a coma. 

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya also was a doctor of Ayurveda.  This is an alternative style of healing.  He was a master in herbal medicine and nutrition.  People say that therefore he lived to be so old.  If someone wanted to hire him to be their doctor, he would prescribe for them herbal medicine and dietary changes.  He was great at perfecting diets for an individual person and not giving every person the same remedy for the ailment.  He also gave his guru teachings of yoga to them. Here he would tell them which poses to use for healing and strength. 

He believed that yoga was both physical and spiritual.  When in public, he would tell his students to close their eyes and think of God.  He said that if you could not think of God, accept the sun or your parents to take that picture in your mind.  His spiritual practice taught that no human being is the same. We are all different and accept yoga and meditation at different levels. He accepted that and helped people where they were at in their lives.  In his elder years, he became less angry and more patient with people.  Tirumalai Krishnamacharya also accepted that yoga had a different meaning for each person. What one person got out of yoga; another person did not get out of it. 

A True Guru Story

A friend of mine by the name of Reyansh was seeking spiritual guidance. He wanted to find his own spiritual path and began his journey at the age of 21.  He wanted to desperately find the true meaning of life. He was born of Indian decent.  He was born in America and his parents were born in India. 

He was always taught by his parents and grandparents that Indian tradition was important and that he should find a guru that he adored.  He didn’t pay attention to them.  He instead wanted to entertain himself with wild partying and drugs. He wanted to experience what he was seeing on television. He would often watch shows on MTV glamorizing wile partying and selfish living. 

He thought that because he was young, he was supposed to experience this.  However, he couldn’t be more wrong. At the age of 21, he had hit rock bottom.  Reyansh was feeling that his life was spinning in a circle. He was the same person every single year. He wanted to have a life changing event.  He wanted to experience life as someone that had a purpose for living.

His parents decided that it was best for the family to take a trip to India.  Reyansh’s parents wanted to show him how life in India was compared to the United States. 

When he arrived in India with his parents, he went into a temple for the first time.  He always refused to go into the temple with his parents as a child.  The temple was a place in which he was able to do meditation and meet people that found their own spiritual path through different gurus. 

He was a big fan of John Lennon and the Beatles.  His mother told him to try and study the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  Reyansh didn’t know that John Lennon and the Beatles practiced this style of meditation.  His mother was trying to point him in the right direction. 

When Reyansh started to do meditation, his spirit began to get calm. He was able to relax and find the higher things in life. He was learning what it was to look deep within himself to find answers.  He wanted to have divine knowledge that only a guru could teach him.  He was seeing that his mindset was to begin learning and understanding what life all is truly about. 

He learned that when he closed his eyes, he could see his own life path more clearly. He felt that in only 15 minutes a day, he could bring good energy to himself.  Reyansh was feeling that his ancestors had it right all this time. He was trying to find happiness with the “things of this world” and, happiness is from within. 

Reyansh went on to open his own school of meditation in California.  He also went to study at a university in India as well. He learned to embrace his Indian culture and to find true healing and meaning in working with a guru. 

Today, he is taking courses in herbal medicine and healing the body through nutrition.  He is following a similar path as many modern-day gurus.

I find that his path in life is a lot like everyone else.  We all want to be on a path that opens our eyes to spiritual meditation or something that makes us feel better.  Life is a struggle and we all must find something that makes us feel more peaceful. I have learned over the years to give of myself to the spirit world and allow it to teach me something that I may have never learned before.  I can honestly say that the spirit world has given me a lot of insights into the world as we may not be able to see it. There are many dimensions in the human spirit that gurus often talk about. Only when you do meditation do you begin to experiment on these different levels.

If you are the kind of person that is searching for truth, I highly encourage you to get into spiritual meditation.  You should pick a style of mediation and choose a guru to work with. As you can see, I have listed a few of the top gurus above.  You can find gurus on the internet easily today by doing a Google search.  By doing this, your mind begins to open, and you go down a path that is beneficial for you and those that are around you.  Encourage your friends and family to go down a path of spiritual enlightenment.  You will find that this puts you on a path that opens your eyes to the possibilities of what can be. Your spiritual is personal to you as it is to every person in the world. What works for you, may not work for someone else. Find what works in your favor.

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