Guru Principle

Definition - What does Guru Principle mean?

The guru principle (or guru tattva) is a cosmic principle that allows for the development of one’s inner consciousness to move from ignorance to reality. Although this can take the form of an individual being led by a guru, it can also be a path where wisdom and knowledge is transmitted over time.

Within yoga, many yogis have the goal of reaching enlightenment and spiritual freedom, which is thought to be the guru principle at work­­: bringing seekers closer to wisdom and knowledge, often with a guru or spiritual master.

Yogapedia explains Guru Principle

When the guru principle is in action, an individual feels rested in their own nature and one with the universe, increasing in wisdom, love and connection with all living things. The guru principle has been described as a “guiding light,” prompting individuals toward finding truth, wisdom and, ultimately, enlightenment.

It is believed that an individual meets six types of gurus in life as he/she gains wisdom:

  1. Parents––they are the first teachers and influencers.
  2. Friends and schoolmates––children are influenced by the characteristics of those around them.
  3. Teachers and professors––they assist in gaining skills and knowledge for life.
  4. Priests or religious teachers––they introduce religious customs and teachings of a culture.
  5. Guru or spiritual master––he/she teaches truth and wisdom, assisting in Self-realization.
  6. Inner master––once enlightenment is attained, a person is able to be their own guru and pass on wisdom to others.

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