[Advaita-l] On the question of Guru in Advaita

Srikanta Narayanaswami srikanta.narayanaswami at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 8 04:44:35 CDT 2011

Apart from the intellectual profundity, one thing that attracts me in
advaita is the qualification of a guru. In his commentary to BG 7.2, Sankara
says, "Thus, he who knows Me in reality becomes *omniscient*. This is the
idea". This is brilliant because if I dont know anything in the empirical or
transcendental realm,
Al the sciptures on dvaita unequivocally state that the "Guru is within You".there are two kinds of "Gurus"one is 
"Chodaka Guru(the Upadesha Guru),another is Prachodaka Guru which is within ourselves.That is why,Gayatri mantra says 'Diyoyonah Prachodayath".It is "diyoyoni"which is in every one's heart.as the Mundaka sruthi states'Nihitam Guhayam".Ramana also says "Hrdaya kuhara madhye".That is why skandan or Subramanya is given the name,"Guhan".Vishnushasranama chants,"gahano guhah".The B>g has a chapter,:"ajayoga Raja Guhya yoga".

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