Guru Definition and Meaning

Guru Definition and Meaning

The term guru is of Sanskrit origin and means “teacher“, therefore, guru is a teacher or spiritual guide. Also, it is that person who has philosophical knowledge or a certain subject, for example: Steve Jobs was a technology guru.

In Hinduism, one of the Indian religions, this term is used to identify the teacher, religious leader or spiritual guide, is a person who teaches the techniques of meditation, the path of yoga, teaches the disciples to recite the mantra and, at the investiture ceremony the student acts as a priest. For Hinduists, the guru is the person who achieved enlightenment.

Among many gurus that have existed as: Rama, Buddha, Krisná, among others, it is noteworthy Nanak Dev, founder of the Indian religion “Sikhism”, believe in one God, work for peace and provide spiritual liberation to all Humans.

On the other hand, the term guru is a kind of school in India, that all students live with the guru and are considered as part of their family. Also, Guru Purnima, is characterized as a day exclusively to honor the guru and all other teachers, the date varies according to the lunar or Hindu calendar, for the year 2015 the celebration is July 31.

Currently, the term guru designates the person who has wisdom and ability to guide and influence a group of people around them.

In the cinematographic area, there are several films with the guru title, such as. “Guru of Love”, a comedy film, starring Jessica Alba and Mike Myers, is about the story of a man educated in India by a spiritual leader and gets success in the United States for helping people solve love problems; “The Guru,” starring Eddie Murphy,etc.