The Guru , or the Teacher , plays a crucial role in the Sanathana Dharma .
A spiritual aspirant finds his path far easier if he or she is guided by the right Guru .
Hinduism gives a very high status to the guru , he or she is only next to God , since the Guru leads us to Godhead .
I have been fortunate in having several good teachers .
My late Paternal Grandfather , who taught me the traditional Aradhana or the Puja as per our denominational traditions , and who also taught me the Sri Stuthi , the Sudarshana Ashtaka and the Hayagriva Stotra .
My late Maternal Grandfather who taught me the Vishnu Sahasra Nama and the Venkatesha Suprabhatha.
My late father in Law , who set a wonderful example and inspired me by the way he lead his life and by his constant equanimity , who reminded one of Siva Dakshinamurti , the divine Silent Teacher .
My weekend Gita Teacher who persuaded me to write the first two exams on the Bhagavad Gita .
My sanskrit teacher at school who taught me the basics of the sacred language , the most beautiful in the world .
My 82 year old Veda teacher ,
who formally taught me the basic fire sacrifices - the Agnihotra , the Aupasana , the Vichinna Aupasana , and the Sthali Paka Homa , and from the divine Vedas , the Pancha sukta , ( The Purusha Sukta , the Narayana Sukta , the Sri Sukta , the Bhu Sukta , and the Nila Sukta )
the Vishnu Sukta , the Pancha Shanti's , the Naasadiya Sukta , the Hiranyagarbha Sukta , and importantly from a philosophic point of view --- the Taitariya Upanishad from the Shukla Yajurveda .
And last but most importantly , my mother , who taught me all my basic prayers and slokas on her lap , who gently , but steadily , has reminded me of the importance of spiritual goals , and also of faith , of truth , of simplicity , of virtue , of detachment and so on .
( I am yet to make headway on the simplicity and detachment ).
Many many individuals, big and small, from PhD holders to our maid , have also taught me numerous little things by their actions , by their personalities , and their behaviour.
Last but not the least , I am profoundly grateful to the Supreme Being , the first Guru , who has shown me the right path .
For all my teachers , I am immensely grateful .
But I still have a very long way to go .......
However , I pray that I will continue to get guidance , directly or otherwise .
"Brahma praavaadhishma thanno maa haaseeth. "
"I have chanted the sacred Veda , may it not abandon me ."