Light on the Guru and Disciple Relationship

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Item Code: IDI050
Author: Swami Satyasangananda
Publisher: Yoga publications Trust
Language: English
Edition: 2011
ISBN: 9788185787404
Pages: 295 (color Illustrations: 5)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 5.3"X 8.3"
Weight 450 gm
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About The Author

Swami Satyasangananda (Satsangi) was born in 1953, in Chandornagore (West Bengal). She experienced a series of inner awakenings from the age of twenty-two, which led her to her guru, Swami Satyananda. From 1981 onwards she travelled ceaselessly with her guru in India and overseas, and developed into a scholar with deep insight into the yogic and tantric traditions as well as modern sciences and philosophies, leading to the writing of authoritative commentaries on classical texts.

She is an efficient channel for the transmission of her guru's teachings. The establishment of Sivananda Math at Rikhia is her creation and mission, and she guides all its activities, working tirelessly to uplift the underprivileged and neglected residents of the surrounding villages. She founded Sivananda Ashram in 2004 and Rikhiapeeth in 2006, where, as the first peethadhishwari, she is dedicated to implementing Swami Sivananda's three precepts of serve, love and give.

She was initiated as a Paramahamsa sannyasin in 2007 and now she is travelling globally to spread the message of yoga and seva. Embodying compassion with clear reason, Swami Satsangi is the foundation of her guru's vision.

Back of the Book

Many people have argued that a guru is not necessary because the real guru is already within us. This is true but how many of us can claim to hear understand or follow his instructions? In fact most of us even tend to doubt his existence. How many of us can discriminate between the real inner guru and the monkey mind acting out the dictates of the ego?


This book has been written for the purpose of illuminating the subject of guru and disciple according to the teachings of swami Satyananda Saraswati. So much has been expounded on this ancient and timeless tradition, but this volume unifies the main areas of relevance for the day to day practical application of the guru-disciple relationship.

The section was written by Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati, who accompanied Swami Satyananda on all his tours in the 1980s. The second section contains a selection of satsangs and talks given by Swami Satyananda on the guru-disciple relationship and includes a number of quotations from letters written by him disciples.

This work is given in the hope that seekers and aspirants may find inspiration and upliftment through the guru disciple relationship.


Light on the Guru and Disciple Relationship is an inspiring and Practical book in two parts. The first section, written by swami Satyasangananda, who accompanied her guru Swami Satyananda Saraswati, on his tours as he enlightened his followers on the science of yoga, contains chapters on how to recognize a guru, types of gurus, types of disciples, negativity towards the guru, initiation, and many more. The second section of satsangs and talks by Swami Satyananda on many aspects of the guru linking with the gurus spirit surrendering the ego, transmission and devotion.


  Part I  
1 Prologue 3
2 Necessity for Guru 5
3 How to Find a Guru 12
4 How to Recognize the Guru 19
5 The Relevance of guru 22
6 Guru Tattwa 26
7 Types of Guru 29
8 Types of Disciples 42
9 Obedience to Guru 60
10 Negativity Towards Guru 63
11 Ego in the Disciple 66
12 Surrender 69
13 Transmission 74
14 The Grace of Guru 78
15 Guru as Father, mother, Friend 82
16 Initiation 87
17 Guru should be One 92
18 Offerings to the Guru 94
19 Mantra 100
20 Guru Seva 105
21 Guru as God 113
22 All that Glitters is not Gold 115
23 India - a Land of Gurus 119
24 Epilogue 122
  Part II  
25 Yoga begins with Discipleship 129
26 How to Choose a Guru 138
27 Establishing the Relationship 141
28 Linking with the Spirit of Guru 144
29 Guru Tradition 153
30 The Indispensable Ingredient 157
31 Role of Guru 163
32 No Greater Power than Faith 173
33 Qualifications of Guru 183
34 Surrendering the Ego 186
35 Learning through Transmission 198
36 Secret of Transmission 201
37 Where to Find a Guru? 213
38 Every Guru is a Light 218
39 Importance of Constancy 223
40 Should the guru be Praised? 226
41 A Free Mind 229
42 The Story of a Disciple 235
43 How to Kindle Devotion 238
44 Instructions to the Disciple 240
45 Guru as Psychotherapist 246
46 Guru is not a Policeman 249
47 Gurukripa hi Kevalam 252
48 Swami Sivananda 261
49 Guru Stotram 274
  Glossary 277
  Index 285


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