Guru - the Spiritual Guide
WHO IS A GURU?
A guru is essentially a mentor and personal guide specialising in spirituality. The guru's job is to assist the student to advance in his or her spiritual practices. Due to having such an important responsibility, a guru needs to be well educated in spiritual knowledge as well as how to apply it practically in everyday life. A guru needs to be a perfect embodiment of the knowledge and culture presented within the yoga texts by personal character.
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada (1896-1977) is widely regarded as the worlds greatest exponent on the teachings of Bhakti Yoga in the Western world. Amongst a vast array of accomplishments, his most significant contribution is publishing over 70 volumes of transcendental literatures on the art, culture and science of bhakti. His most eminent publications are the great spiritual classics "Bhagavad Gita As It Is", the 30 volume "Srimad Bhagavatam" and the 17 volume "Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita", the postgraduate study of spiritual philosophy.