The paramaguru is an integral part of
the parampara system, which is the succession of knowledge from one
guru to the next. It is is the primary means by which
the teaching of yoga has survived the ages, with the paramaguru
playing a crucial role in keeping the line of knowledge unbroken.
In parampara, the yogi reveres not
just his/her guru, but his/her paramaguru and other preceding gurus. As an example, for disciples of
Paramahansa Yogananda, their paramaguru is Sri Yukteswar, who was Yogananda's guru.
lineage of gurus varies by tradition, but may be referred to in this way:
- Guru - The immediate guru
- Paramaguru - Guru's guru
- Parapara guru - Guru of paramaguru
- Parameshti guru - Guru of parapara guru