Guru Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old guru quotes, guru sayings, and guru proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The Guru has to bear the disciple's burden of sin. Swami Vivekananda
Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru none can cross over to the other shore. Guru Nanak
A real Guru's initiation is beyond the divisions of sects and creeds: it is the awakening to our own inner reality which, once glimpsed, determines our further course of development and our actions in life without the enforcement of outer rules. Anagarika Govinda
If anyone steps on your ego, instantly, he becomes your enemy. But a Guru is a friend who constantly tramples your ego. Sadhguru
People don't get the gurus they deserve, they get the gurus they manufacture. Idries Shah
One does not become a guru by accident. James Fenton
The Guru is the conveyance in which the spiritual influence is brought to you. Anyone can teach, but the spirit must be passed on by the Guru to the Shishya (disciple), and that will fructify. Swami Vivekananda
The guru must be a man who has known, has actually realized the Divine truth, has perceived himself as the spirit. Swami Vivekananda
The one who has the power of transmitting this current is called a Guru. Swami Vivekananda
A true teacher would never tell you what to do. But he would give you the knowledge with which you could decide what would be best for you to do. Christopher Pike
A Guru desires nothing from you except your well-being and progress on the path! Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
A spiritual master who is one hundred percent Krishna conscious is the bonafide spiritual master. Bhagavad Gita
Being with the Guru means spontaneous integration of life and wisdom. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
You are never a real guru until you understand that you are serving others and delivering them to the light. Robin Sacredfire
A Guru is needed not to worship, but to direct you. Alan Finger
The guru is the means of realization. Swami Vivekananda
The Guru is the means of realisation. "There is no knowledge without a teacher." Swami Vivekananda
A Guru is not someone who holds a torch for you. He is the torch. Sadhguru
The Spiritual master is the mercy representative of the Lord. Srimad Bhagavatam
He alone teaches who has something to give, for teaching is not talking, teaching is not imparting doctrines, it is communicating. Swami Vivekananda
Don't go searching for a Guru. When the pain of ignorance within you becomes a scream, a Guru will come in search for you. Sadhguru
Light another's path and the universe will light your own. Matshona Dhliwayo
You don't go to a Guru for solace. He is not a tranquilizer - he is there to awaken you. Sadhguru
The biggest Guru mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you. Chanakya
The genuine Guru is God's representative and he speaks about God and nothing else. A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The job of a Guru is not to interpret the scriptures but to take you to another dimension of life. Sadhguru
Deep inside of you is a 'Guru' with the wisdom of the entire Universe! Erin Fall Haskell
The Teacher provides Spiritual Energy! Just like roots provide nutrients to the flowers! Master Choa Kok Sui
The Guru is the bright mask which God wears in order to come to us. Swami Vivekananda
A Guru is a cascade of energy. You have to soak your spiritual seed in it. It shall sprout. Sadhguru
The Guru cannot awaken you; all that he can do is to point out what is. Jiddu Krishnamurti
Guru's grace is not designed to fulfill your plans but life's plan for you. Sadhguru
When the Guru comes, O mother, joyous bliss is mine; / Boundless blessing, mystic rapture, rise within my soul. Surging music, strains of glory, fill my heart with joy; / Breaking forth in songs of gladness, praise to God within. / Comes the Guru, I have found him; joyous bliss is mine. Sikh Scriptures
The man who gives him the benefit of the revealed canon...should be known as his guru. Laws of Manu
To one who has the highest devotion for God, and for his Guru even as for God, to him these matters which have been declared become manifest if he is a great soul. Svetashvatara Upanishad
The Guru is the ladder, the dinghy, the raft by means of which one reaches God; The Guru is the lake, the ocean, the boat, the sacred place of pilgrimage, the river. Without the Guru, there can be no bhakti, no love. Hymns of Guru Nanak
There is one God, eternal truth is his name, / Creator of all things and the all-pervading spirit. / Fearless and without hatred, timeless and formless, / Beyond birth and death, self-enlightened. / He is known by the grace of the Guru. Guru Nanak
Who, but the True Guru, could save a sinner like me? / Guru, thou art my father and my mother, / Thou art my friend, and hast wrought my salvation. Hymns of Guru Ram Das
The guru is just trying to help you, to bring you to a point where you can at least surrender the ego. Then a deep ecstasy will happen between you and your master. Wherever there is a 'let-go,' ecstasy happens— that is the law. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
A Guru is like a door frame through which we see God. Ram Das
If you go looking for a guru and you are not ready to find one, you will not find what you are looking for. On the other hand, when you are ready the guru will be exactly where you are at the appropriate moment. Ram Das
At certain stages in the spiritual journey, there is a quickening of the spirit which is brought about through the grace of the guru. Ram Das
Wherever there is the congregation of saints, there it is God's order for me to abide. Guru Nanak
Don't come on like a Guru / With your mind all filled with words / A lot of folks might listen / And then you will be heard / But in the end you're fooling / Yourself and that be all / Don't come on like a Guru / No, don't you be a fool. Peter Duggan
Being such person’s disciple / It is the gift of great fortune / These gurus for ages / You have made richness a great, famous story. Hakikur Rahman
Staying right at the edge of dualism and nondualism through love is the relationship with your Guru. Ram Das
In whosoever presence you find peace of mind, devoid of fear, only that person can be your guru. Ilaiyaraaja
A guru is like a live road map. If you want to walk uncharted terrain, I think it is sensible to walk with a road map. Jaggi Vasudev
I have never said that there is no need for a guru. All depends on what you call guru. He need not be in a human form. Ramana Maharshi
I had a Guru. He was a great saint and most merciful. I served him long - very, very long; still, he would not blow any mantra in my ears. I had a keen desire never to leave him but to stay with him and serve him and at all cost receive some instruction from him. Sai Baba
A true teacher would never tell you what to do. But he would give you the knowledge with which you could decide what would be best for you to do. Christopher Pike
Let each man take the path according to his capacity, understanding, and temperament. His true guru will meet him along that path. Sivananda
YOU are your own guru. YOU are your own soul mate. YOU are powerful. Take the reigns and drive your carriage home to love. Amy Leigh Mercree
When surrender happens, the universe itself becomes your Guru and starts walking you to your blissful home. Shunya
The soul your only guru reminds you that, God finally believes in you and given you everything in your hand, never misuse, you are now wiser than wisest and sensible too. Santosh Kumar
GURU is a word that epitomizes knowledge. There is a tattva (element) of Guru in each of us. Knowingly or unknowingly, whenever we do something to benefit another, without expecting anything in return, we bring alive the Guru element within ourselves. Hingori
Great gurus are not great writers, but great writers are great gurus! Mehmet Murat ildan
He fills the disciple with wisdom / and sets his soul aglow, / so that one day the disciple can / reignite the flame in many more. Hingori
The driving motivation of a spiritual teacher is to show that while the extent of human problems is understood, there is a different way of seeing life. Donna Goddard
The Guru is one who dwells in the Light and the Light dwells in him. Dada J.P. Vaswani