Hinduism is, however, an enormous religion without any central authority to say who or what exactly a guru is.
On the trail of her guru, Gilbert stays at an ashram for four months, and she attempts to describe yoga from the mat up.
And finally, he went up a mountain with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, guru to the stars, and came down again a convinced mystic.
Having a guru in a body does not necessarily help a disciple advance spiritually.
Anyone who has been in the presence of a powerful boss, guru, or other father-figure knows how toxic this dynamic can be.
I told my friend details of the way in which our guru would approach us.
In the summit of our strength, the voice begins to speak—the guru's voice.
He related a wondrous story of his first meeting with Lahiri Mahasaya's guru, Babaji.
I am told that she said she gave me an answer as directed by her guru.
My guru's words naturally came true; a disciple did leave a considerable sum for our family.
1800, gooroo, from Hindi guru "teacher, priest," from Sanskrit guru-s "one to be honored, teacher," literally "heavy, weighty," from PIE root *gru- (see grave (adj.)). Generalized sense of "mentor" is from 1940; sense of "expert in something" first recorded c.1966 in Canadian English in reference to Marshall McLuhan.
In Hinduism, a teacher or spiritual leader.
Note: By extension, a “guru” is a teacher who attracts disciples or followers.
[fr Sanskrit, ''venerable'']