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Qualities of the Guru from Hindu Scriptures

By mind alone, is this to be achieved. There is no multiplicity here. Whoever perceives anything like multiplicity here, goes from death to death. (Katha Upanishad, II-I-11)

The seeker of the essence of the self, endowed with all of the means, should go unto the feet of a knowledgeable teacher, by which he can be liberated from his bondage. (Vivekachoodamani 33-34).

He who has attained if from the teacher alone knows it. (Chandogya Upanishad 6.14.2)

Science learned from the sage is prized.   (Chandogya Upanishad 4.9.3)

To know that Brahman as the Self, that fully qualified seeker of liberation should collect firewood and take refuge of the one who has listened to the Vedas and who is established only Brahman. (Mundaka Upanishad 1.2.12).

He who plays in the self, he who is happy in the self, he is the foremost among the knowers of Brahman. (Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.4).

A teacher should be well versed in the scriptures, without sin, with zero desires, a foremost knower of Brahman, should revel in brahman, should be quiet like a fire without fuel, an ocean of compassion without any agenda, and a well wisher to those who have come to his refuge. (Vivekachoodamani 35).