[Advaita-l] Traits of an Ideal Guru and an ideal disciple

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Sat Mar 27 12:04:19 CDT 2010

Thanks Kathirasan ji, for showing this.

On Sat, Mar 27, 2010 at 6:22 PM, Kathirasan K <brahmasatyam at gmail.com>wrote:

> Namaste ji,
> In the Upadeshasahasri too Shankara states the qualifications of a Guru:
> The teacher is one who is endowed with the power of furnishing
> arguments pro and con, of understanding questions and remembering
> them, who possesses tranquility, self-control, compassion and a desire
> to help others, who is versed in the scriptures and unattached to
> enjoyments both seen and unseen, who has renounced the means to all
> kinds of actions, who is a knower of Brahman and is established in it,
> who is never a transgressor of the rules of conduct and who is devoid
> of shortcomings such as ostentation, pride, deceit, cunning, jugglery,
> jealousy, falsehood, egotism and attachment. He has the sole aim of
> helping others and a desire to impart the knowledge of Brahman only.
> (verse 6 - Prose section)
> (translation by Swami Jagadananda)

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