In the Hindu tradition, the Guru supreme. He is not only the way to God, he is God himself, because the Guru and God are not different. Those who have come under the benign gaze of a true Guru know that he is a spiritual father and mother to the devotee. It is believed that when the devotee is ripe enough. God Himself takes human form to guide him. Siva as Dakshinamurthi is the Guru who gives an eloquent message through silence. Krishna is the great guru, Krishna Vande Jagadgurum. Yajnavalkya is the supreme rishi of self knowledge in the Vedas. Hanuman is the great guru of the Ramayana who shows the way of devotion to the supreme incarnated as Rama. Mantras of the Guru gives in authentic form the spiritual intimations of these great gurus. Once you have come into their orbit, your life has begun the journey to unlimited happiness and joy.