Guru meaning

go͝oro͝o, go͝o-ro͝o
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An advisor or teacher. The term, which comes from Hinduism, refers to a spiritual teacher. "Gu" means darkness, and "ru" means light; thus a guru turns ignorance into enlightenment. In the west, the term has been interpreted quite often as simply an expert in a field whether that person helps you learn or understand anything or not.
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Any leader, mentor, etc. who is regarded as being deeply influential or charismatic.
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The definition of a guru is a spiritual leader, or is a widely respected expert.

A Hindu spiritual leader is an example of a guru.

A respected yoga teacher is an example of a yoga guru.

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In Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism, a personal spiritual teacher.
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In Hinduism, one's personal spiritual advisor or teacher.
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In the context of technology, an intellectual leader, teacher, or guide who is highly knowledgeable or skilled and who can express himself in an intelligible manner.
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In Hinduism or Sikhism, a religious teacher or spiritual guide.
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A Hindu or Sikh spiritual teacher. [from 17th c.]
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(sometimes humorous) An influential advisor or mentor. [from 20th c.]
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Origin of guru

  • Hindi guru from Sanskrit guruḥ from guru- heavy gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Hindi गुरू (guru) / Urdu گرو (guru), from Sanskrit गुरु (gurú, “venerable, respectable”), originally "heavy" and in this sense cognate to English grieve. (A traditional etymology based on the Advaya Taraka Upanishad (line 16) describes the syllables gu as 'darkness' and ru as 'destroyer', thus meaning "one who destroys/dispels darkness")

    From Wiktionary