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Jason
Beverly Hills

Question

What are the key traits, tendencies, or attitudes of a true disciple towards his Guru?

Thank you. :)

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

Entire books have been written about this subject, so it's difficult to summarize! I'll add some further resources at the end of my answer.

Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda have emphasized one aspect of the disciple's part in the Guru/Disciple relationship over all others: attunement. Yogananda often spoke to his close disciples about attunement to the Guru. Swami Kriyananda recently stated that meditation and yoga technique are secondary to attunement and discipleship to a true Guru.

February 17
2010

RAVICHANDRAN IYER
INDIA

Question

Dear Purified Souls!

I have a pertinent and disturbing question to ask. It is always said that "One must have a Living Guru to progress in the spiritual path'. I am a great admirer of Paramhansa Yoganandji and I have just started to follow his teachings with Level I course. My question is whom should I consider as my Guru. Does this 'Living Guru' concept/requirement come in my way and rob my desire to become his disciple? Please clear my doubt. Thank you in advance.

Ravichandran Iyer

Nayaswami Anandi

Answer

Dear Ravichandran,

An avatar is not defined by the physical body. He is eternal and omnipresent. Those of us who follow Yogananda have felt him to be very much alive, responding to our needs, thoughts, and prayers.

There is a principle that one needs to have the "touch" of a living guru - that there must be some contact with the guru on the physical plane. Swami Kriyananda has given this matter much thought from his own experience of living with Yogananda.

February 2
2010

amit
India

Question

Every spiritual book refers or suggests that "Guru is essential/mandatory for travelling spiritual path". How can we realize and recognize him ? Without him it is not possible to traverse correctly this path. If yes, then how we will find the GURU, who will show us correct path.

Pranam,

Amit

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Excellent question, Amit. You're right to think that a guru is necessary if we would know God. The secret to finding the guru is that you must generate the magnetism to be attracted to him or her. You do that through your own deep spiritual sincerity, through yoga practice (especially meditation), through ardent prayer, and by keeping your eyes open for God's guidance. In short, to attract the guru, you must first cultivate the attitudes and actions of a true disciple.

AWANISH THAKUR
INDIA

Question

I want to become a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda for that what I have to do?

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

Discipleship to a God-Realized Guru such as Paramhansa Yogananda is perhaps the most significant step one can take on the path to liberation.

If one reads Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi from the perspective of the Guru/Disciple relationship, then it takes on a completely different meaning. In fact, the first sentence of the book, and the last sentence of the book both address that relationship (look it up!).

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