Who is a Guru? In Hinduism Guru is placed as next to God and the second most worshipped figure after God. Guru is a spiritual teachers who leads and teaches his disciples the path of peace and enlightenment. Since ages there is a description and lot has been written about Gurus and their roles in our lives. Now a days the real meaning and importance has been tarnished because of some bad practices happening around. The person who possess saintly qualities and works for the betterment of the society can be considered as a Guru.
A guru can be your any teacher whom you admire most because of his or her qualities. In the earlier times there were many stories related to Gurus and their disciples. Various religions has various gurus known as “Dharam guru”.
Role of Guru:
Our Upanishad also says in order to attain samadhi and enlightenment, one should completely surrender to guru. In the earlier times guru were responsible for giving Vedas and Upanishads teaches to common people and help them to take the right path of freedom and truth. Time evolved and the definition and syllabus of guru vidhya expanded to various types of field like “Dhanu Vidhya”, “Natyashastra”, “Arthshastra” etc. All these teaching were conducted in the Aashams with a high level of concentration and beliefs. Guru or teachers play a vital role in training their students and building their futures.
There is a famous story of a young boy name “Eklavya” who wanted to learn Dhanush Vidya from Guru Dronacharya. Eklavya requested but Dronacharya rejected him just because he was not from a royal family. Dronacharya was the teacher of Arjun who was taking Dhanush Vidya from him. Hurt by this Eklavya raised a statue of Guru Dronacharya and started practicing Archery and became the best archer of the time. Once Eklavya defeated Arjun who was considered to be the best archer and most loved disciple of Dronacharya, feared by this Guru Dronacharya asked Eklavya’s thumb in guru dakshina (fees) and Eklavya happily sacrificed his thumb.
Since ancient time gurs has lasting significance and contribution in human life by spreading institutional and fundamental knowledge to people and society.
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