Guru Kripa

Definition - What does Guru Kripa mean?

Guru kripa is a Sanskrit term that means “grace of the guru.” Guru translates as “teacher” and typically refers to a spiritual master or guide. Kripa means “grace” or “favor,” and it is a key principle in Bhakti yoga, as well as the concept of divine grace in Hinduism.

The spiritual path of guru kripa is considered a faster path to moksha, or liberation from the cycle of life, death and rebirth. In Guru Kripa yoga, the yogi receives spiritual energy directly from his/her guru.

Yogapedia explains Guru Kripa

To obtain guru kripa, the yogi must be a disciple of the guru, work in service to the guru and be dedicated to a spiritual path. The guru bestows his/her grace by resolving to do so or simply by the power of his/her presence.

In addition to guru kripa, other forms of kripa are:

  • Ishwara, or hari, kripa (grace of God)
  • Shastra kripa (grace of the scriptures)
  • Atma kripa (grace of the Self)

Gurukripa hi kevalam is a common Sanskrit expression, mantra and song that means “the guru's grace is absolute and the only reality.”

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