Guru - Master of The Vedas and Spiritualism Dec 22, 2010 9:27:08 GMT 1
Post by Anne Terri on Dec 22, 2010 9:27:08 GMT 1
GURU - MASTER OF THE VEDAS AND SPIRITUALISM
A guru teaches, and is the master. The idea is to teach ones disciples or followers and to bring to them into knowledge of all the guru has learned through out his studies and Spiritual meditation.This would also allow for a disciple to continue this tradition and to carry the line of gurus forward. It is traditional for the followers of a guru to focus their meditation upon their guru, in a high level of devotion. The guru is very Spiritual and understands the Spirit world.
The guru provides his pupils a bridge between the soul and God. Hindus believe there is no connection to God without this intervention. Hindu gurus are highly knowledgeable in the scripture of the Vedas.
Hinduism is based on the four Vedas, which began as the oral word. About 5,000 years ago, Vyasa placed into writing very important sections of the Vedas. These are called shastra. There are orthodox Hindus which follow closely the shastra, and consider this most powerful.
Vyasa, is very important to the history of Hinduism. As the author of not only the Vedas and other texts which work along side, he is revered as immortal. There are seven Chiranjivins, or immortals still thought to be living. These Chiranjivins, have an intricate history which would take great study. God is Asking me to continue with the basics of Hinduism.
Rig Veda: 1500 BC
Sama Veda: 1700 BC
Yajur Veda: 1,400-1000 BC
The oldest is the Rig veda, which was composed 1500 B.C, however it has been undetermined when it was actually put to writing. There are sections of the Vedas which consist of rituals from early India. They also include hymns, and incantations. The Vedas are not only extremely Spiritual, but are numbered among some of the oldest religious works in the world. They have often been used to study language, because they are written in Indo-European.
The Sama veda is the second scripture. What is interesting is that all of the Sama veda comes from the Rig Veda. This is the the veda which contains hymns and portions of hymns. Priests use these hymns during sacrifices. Not all sacrifices are to God, but are also offered to other deities.
The Yajur veda is the third scripture. This contains important texts for use in sacrifices. These are the formulas known as mantras.
The Atharva Veda, known as the fourth of the vedas, contains a collection of ancient hymns which were revealed to Rishis. It is said there were two groups of Rishis. These are called Atharvanas, and Angirasa. To help one understand, a rishi is one who sees, and they received revelations for composing the hymns. The rishi were in a high level of meditation, in an advanced state of consciousness, at the time of receiving these important works. It is interesting that scholars share that in the Sarvanukramani text, it is revealed that there were women amongst the ancient rishis who helped to compose the Rig Veda, known as rishika.
The guru would know in detail the Vedas, and pass along this knowledge.
There are differences of beliefs as to the guru's nature. In one school of knowledge, he may be considered as God. For other schools, the guru is not able to become God.