A-AS Level (CIE) Hinduism: Specimen Questions with Answers 25 - 25 of 51

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Question 25


Describe in Detail


Elucidate the role of Guru in Hinduism.


  • The term Guru is derived from two words, that is ‘Gu’ means darkness and ‘Ru’ means remover. So, a Guru is the one who guides us by removing the darkness of ignorance from our life. Till now, no substitute word for Guru has derived in any other language.
  • Actually, a Guru is not just a human being but, a concept. Anything in the world that removes our ignorance can take up the role of a Guru in our life. It can be a book, a living being, a scene, and nature-whatever.
  • According to Bhagavata, lord Dattatreya has 24 Gurus, who taught him various unforgettable lessons throughout the life. Important Gurus among those 24 Gurus are panchabhootas (five elements) , honeybee, elephant, pigeon, python, dancing girl and so on.
  • It means that we need not to go and surrender ourselves at the holy feet of a Guru. If we are ready to open our mind with a keen interest to learn, surely Guru will come to our life as a turning point with or without our knowledge. No need to dishearten if, we are not getting a proper Guru. According to Swami Vivekananda- “if are ready to knock, the nature itself will uncover all its secrets. But we all have to get ready to accept it. The real Guru is he, who leads us beyond this Maya of endless birth and death” .
  • Lord Krishna in B. Gita says that- “learn the ultimate truth by approaching a proper Guru. Inquire that knowledge from him by rendering service to him. Such an enlightened Guru can inject knowledge into us because; Guru has already seen that ultimate truth” .
  • Even the song of lord, that is- B. Gita itself starts by prostrating the great sage and Guru Vyasa with the slogan- “Namostute Vyasa vishala buddhe” (obeisance to that mighty intellect sage Vyasa) . Such is the greatness as well as the importance of a Guru in all our life.
  • Hinduism states that- “Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, Gurur devo Maheswara” . It means-Guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara.
  • Dakshinamurthy, the other form of lord Shiva is considered as the supreme Guru in Hinduism. Lord Krishna՚s Guru was Sandeepani, lord Rama՚s Gurus was Vasishta and Vishwamitra, Hanuman՚s Guru was Surya dev, sage Parashurama was lord Shiva himself.
  • From all these, we can understand the importance of role of a Guru in all our lives, as per the Hinduism.

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