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Swami Chinmayananda on the Qualifications of True Guru or Teacher

From the Bhagavad Gita’s descriptions of a man of perfection (Chapter II), we know that a man firmly established in wisdom is tranquil, and his equipoise is never disturbed even when he invests his entire energy in the service of mankind.The Upanishads summarize the qualification of a teacher in two terms: Shrotriya (one who is a master of scriptures) and Brahmanishtha (one who well established in the experience of Truth). Without knowledge of the scriptures, the teachers will not be able to convey his wisdom to the disciples. But a mere bookish knowledge is not sufficient. The words coming from an individual can gather wings only when they spring from a heart soaked with sincere subjective experience.However, to be a Guru or teacher, he must have two more qualifications. His behavior in the world must be perfect, since we as students when admiring the teacher will be tempted to imitate him in all his external habits. If his behavior is not perfect, it is possible that we will copy hi…