The greatness of a lineage is highly dependant upon the guru parampara where, apart from the immediate guru, three preceding gurus are also revered. The following is how this succession of these four gurus are referred to:
- Guru - The immediate guru
- Parama guru - Guru's guru
- Parapara guru - Guru of parama guru
- Parameshti guru - Guru of parapara guru
Guru parampara as a representation of lineage, is a unique tradition in the world in which a guru passes on his/her acquired knowledge to a chosen shishya(s), or disciple.