The word, disciple, has roots in the Latin word, discipulus, which means “learner.”
In the Self-Realization Fellowship, a yoga institution founded by Paramahansa Yogananda, relationships between disciples and gurus are formally established through an initiation into Kriya yoga -- also called a diksha. It is said that when the disciple is ready, their guru will be sent by God.
The teachings, wisdom and intelligence of the guru are the vehicles through which God is able to guide the disciple. The disciple is then able to perceive God through following their guru’s teachings. It is the disciple’s demand for spiritual enlightenment which leads to the guru being appointed to take on this sacred role.