of the most powerful elements in the Hindu frame work is the concept of
guru.To achieve spiritual progress without a guru is theoretically possible
but practically very difficult. In today's time where the materialism
has a very strong hold on an individual the guidance of a spiritual master
is highly recommended in order for an individual to attain self-realization.
In common language a guru is the one who gives us spiritual knowledge.
The word guru in Sanskrit is a combination
of two words gu
means the darkness and Ru means the
one who removes the darkness. Traditionally a
guru has the highest value and respect among all the human beings.
He is not worshiped as a God but he is highly respected, obeyed and listened.
Disciples seldom questioned the guru's word for he was taken as the embodiment
of wisdom and in a way the guru's words become the words of God. A true
guru never advertises nor does he look for his disciples It is the disciple
who has to search for a guru and guru tests his disciple severely before
making him his disciple ,the guru may reject him even if the guru rejects
him still the rejected disciple considers him as his guru for the whole
life. After the acceptance of the disciple a guru often, if not always
demolishes the ego of his disciple in order to rebuild him.