Last Updated: October 2, 2017

Definition - What does Jagadguru mean?

Jagadguru is a term used for a guru whose influence on the world has the power to transform it. The term – literally meaning “guru of the world” – comes from the Sanskrit, jagat, meaning “world,” “Earth,” “the cosmos” or “mankind”; and guru, which means “teacher” and usually refers to a spiritual master.

The title of jagadguru is typically used in traditional orthodox Hinduism, particularly for acaryas (spiritual teachers) in the Vedanta school of thought who have written commentaries on the scriptures.

Yogapedia explains Jagadguru

One of the more notable jagadgurus was Sri Krpalu Ji Maharaja (1922-2013), who was bestowed with the title at age 34. By some accounts, he was one of only five jagadgurus in the last 2,500 years. He was the author of numerous books on the subjects of the Hindu scriptures, philosophy and the teachings of previous jagadgurus.

He founded a worldwide nonprofit called Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat with five ashrams, including one in the United States, and a number of satsang centers throughout the world. He has also established four temples.

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