First Generation Yoga Gurus

By on March 13, 2016
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Choosing a bona fide yoga teacher is essential if you want to seriously practice yoga. You surely don’t want to get involved with fraud yoga teachers, whose only aim is to exploit and use you for their own benefit and enjoyment.

What you know now about yoga is due to the efforts of Indian yoga gurus, who made an effort to share their knowledge to the west and the rest of the world. Yoga is the legacy and teachings of saintly persons from India, and this knowledge that they have are not mere speculations. This is knowledge that is passed down to them by their own teacher, which actually originated from a long line of bona fide teachers.

Krishna

He is a perfect yoga teacher and his teachings are clearly depicted in the Gita. He imparted his knowledge to his cousin Arjuna, during the battle of Kurukshetra. During that time Arjuna was feeling distressed and in great anxiety because he was in a dilemma whether to fight or not on the upcoming war. Lord Krishna told Arjuna that he is feeling this way because he is in great ignorance. Lord Krishna shared his knowledge to Arjuna to free him from his miseries.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is an incarnation of the Supreme Personality; he also promoted the practice of Bhakti Yoga. At a very young age he was already a learned scholar. He also spread the practice of Sankirtan movement all throughout India. His disciples continued spreading his teachings to different parts of the world.

Srila Vyasadeva

He wrote and compiled the Srimad Bhagavatam,smrtis, samhitas, Vedanta sutras, puranas, upanisads and Mahabharata.  He did this because in the age of Kali Yuga, people are less intelligent and organizing the Vedas will make it less difficult to understand. His teacher was Narada Muni, who instructed him to compile the Bhagatam. He is also from the direct line of spiritual teachers which originated from God. He then shared his knowledge to his son Sukadev Goswami who narrated the Srimad Bhagatam to Maharaj Pariksit.

What is a Guru?

In Sanskrit scriptures a guru is considered as non-different from God, however a bona fide guru never says that he is the Divine Creator. It is the duty of the guru to impart knowledge and free those who are suffering from ignorance. He is a teacher by example; this means that he practices what he teaches.

The reason why people suffer in this world is because of ignorance. The material world is full of miseries, such as suffering caused by other living beings, by the mind and by natural forces. Everyone in this world is subjected to suffering. Through the help of a guru one can experience freedom from this suffering condition.

One can’t fully understand yoga using his own ability alone. This form of knowledge can’t be found from ordinary schools and universities. One who is serious with yoga and who wants to practice and understand it needs a guru. The knowledge thought by a bona fide guru is not something that he created himself, it came from a long line of spiritual teachers which is handed down from guru to disciple, and this knowledge originated from God Himself

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