Guru Parampara

Definition - What does Guru Parampara mean?

According to religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, guru parampara refers to the uninterrupted succession of gurus. Derived from Sanskrit, guru means "teacher" and parampara means “uninterrupted series,” "continuation" or "succession."

The passing down of knowledge, which is the concept of parampara, is central to yogic philosophy.

Yogapedia explains Guru Parampara

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:

  1. Guru - The immediate guru
  2. Parama guru - Guru's guru
  3. Parapara guru - Guru of parama guru
  4. 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.

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