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Acharya Guru Teacher spiritual master spiritual teacher

Acharya (in terms of spirituality)... the guru... spiritual master is one who fundamentally makes available the jargon of spiritual knowledge to the mankind at large.

If there were no Acharyas... the spiritual wisdom would have been limited to the few spiritual masters of the era. Why?

Acharya can be best explained by invoking the Navkar Mantra of Jainism. Whenever any prayer is carried out in a Jainism household... the first prayer invoked is the Navkar Mantra. The fourth line of the Navkar Mantra addresses paying obeisance to the Acharyas.

The first line addresses paying obeisance to Arihants... the spiritual masters who had reached the stage of enlightenment. The second line addresses the Tirthankars in Jainism... those spiritual masters who having gained enlightenment sought Salvation Moksha in Hinduism within their lifetime.

Jainism comprises of a chain of 24 Tirthankars right from the first Tirthankara Rishabdeva to Bhagwan Mahavira... the 24th Tirthankara. It was in the times of Bhagwan Mahavira that the essence of the spiritual knowledge came to be dispensed so as to reach the common man.

The teachings of an enlightened one can only be understood by an Arihanta... the one of the likes of King Arjuna... to whom the doctrine of Bhagavad Gita was imparted by Lord Krishna, the avatar of the era (God Almighty manifest in human form).

These Arihantas (aka Kaivalya Jnanis) further spread the message to the various schools of thought existing in their times. These schools of thought were headed by Acharyas... the spiritual masters of the era.

Acharyas... spiritual gurus maintained their own Gurukuls where the spiritual aspirant... the Shishya was supposed to live along with the family of the spiritual master. Every gurukul comprised of students ranging from a few in number to thousands.

These Acharyas disseminated the seeds of spirituality to the students and who were supposed to spread the message further. of all the students in the gurukul... only a few were found to have the qualities fit for becoming an Acharya. With time these students gained the level of Acharya.

Acharya... the spiritual teacher... the master in his profession made it a mission of his life that the spiritual wisdom did not remain limited to the Gurukuls only. Whatever was imparted by the Tirthankars was assimilated by the Arihantas, who finally delivered the sermon to the Acharyas... and who in the end delivered the essence of the teachings to the masses.

We need to realize the importance Acharyas hold in the teachings system. Every Acharya is the direct connection between the spiritual master (the enlightened one) and the common man. In the time of the Vedas when the written script was not even available... it was only through the word of mouth that the spiritual teachings could be spread.

It became more essential during those times that more and more students got trained in the Gurukuls so that the spiritual messages could be spread throughout the humanity. In the time of Vedas the assembly of Gurukuls and Shishyas was at its peak. The absence of the written script was the cause of the huge assembly of Shishyas in the Gurukuls.

Every institution of teaching is headed by an Acharya... the head Acharya known as the principal as of today and all other Acharyas forming the coterie of teachers with mastery in their own fields of knowledge.

It is the teacher and the pupil relationship... the relationship between the guru and the Shishya which mattered most. With changing times the system has changed but not the essence. It is Acharya and Acharyas alone who impart the messages of the spiritual masters through students to the community at large. (Ref. 051105)

By: Vijay Kumar "Atma Jnani"

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Definition Acharya then and now (above)-

Acharya: is one who imparts Spiritual Knowledge to those who can assimilate the Teachings of the godrealized Souls ... in a language they can understand.

Since Times Immemorial we have come across Human Gods as powerful as Lord Krishna, Mahavira, Buddha, Jesus Christ and Prophet Mohammed. Bhagavad Gita ... the Song Celestial, the Essence of total Cosmic knowledge contained in the Brahmaand (Cosmos) and discoursed to Arjuna during the famous battle of Mahabharata about 3500 years ago) is available for as low as Rupees two and half (about 7 US cents). But ... are there any takers!

A book available to the poorest of the poor, yet not understood by most! Only in centuries are we blessed by godrealized Atmans (Souls such as Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Ramana Maharshi. The Teachings of Bhagavad Gita were crystal clear to them. These Arihantas (godrealized Souls) had a following of Acharyas who only partly understood the Essence of Bhagavad Gita.

These Acharyas were effectively able to impart the Cosmic knowledge gained from Self Realized Souls to the common masses. Acharya thus forms an important link between the Spiritual Master and the masses in general.

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