California, USA — November 16th, 2012

Who, or what, is guru?

Since I haven't written anything new for some time now (sorry), I thought I'd post a few links to some of my earlier blogs, chronicling my understanding (such as it is) of just who, or what, is guru...

Who is guru?

When Srila Gurudeva was leaving Russia in 2006, he said, "I am always with my disciples." How should we understand this?

—Originally published on December 6th, 2006

Guru: personality vs. conception

Correspondence addressing readers' questions and concerns about the "Who is guru?" blog written in December 2006.

—Originally published on January 7th, 2011

Guru: form vs. substance

More correspondence answering readers' questions related to the "Who is guru?" blog published in December 2006.

—Originally published on January 10th, 2011

Guru: persona vs. person

Even more correspondence related to the "Who is guru?" blog published on Srila Gurudeva's Vyasa Puja in December 2006.

—Originally published on January 21st, 2011

"Here is Mr. Ghosh!"

Srila Guru Maharaj's broad conception of guru: we must be able to detect our guru's advice when we find it in another.

—Originally published on January 14th, 2011

The eye to see guru

Srila Sridhar Maharaj's answer to: "Does guru keep returning to this material world until all his disciples are liberated?

—Originally published on December 31st, 2006

A chance contingency

Why does Srila Sridhar Maharaj say 'chance contingency'? Is this redundant or deliberate? What is its significance, if any?

—Originally published on January 21st, 2007

Disappearing gurus

Why do we refer to these days (the anniversary of the death of all our great Vaishnava acharyas) as "disappearance" days?

—Originally published on August 12th, 2007

Vyasa Puja questions

Probing questions when Srila Gurudeva is too ill to attend his own Vyasa Puja, but the biggest question is personal.

—Originally published on December 14th, 2008

Srila Gurudeva enters samadhi

On this tragic day, Srila Gurudeva's explanation of samadhi helps us to understand how he will always be living with us.

—Originally published on March 27th, 2010

Spiritual solace

The relief that we get from remembering Srila Gurudeva's pastimes is spiritual rather than emotional or psychological.

—Originally published on April 3rd, 2010

Who will lock the gate?

Now that Srila Gurudeva has departed, who will "lock the gate" on my innumerable shortcomings and deficiencies?

—Originally published on December 23rd, 2010

Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaj's Sri Guru and His Grace (PDF) is essential for understanding the universal conception of guru and learning how to recognize a genuine guru. Every aspiring disciple should read this treasury — first compiled and published in 1983 by Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj at the Guardian of Devotion Press in San Jose — over and over again.

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