Guru Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old guru quotes, guru sayings, and guru proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The Guru has to bear the disciple's burden of sin.     

Swami Vivekananda

Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru none can cross over to the other shore.     

Guru Nanak

A real Guru's initiation is beyond the divisions of sects and creeds: it is the awakening to our own inner reality which, once glimpsed, determines our further course of development and our actions in life without the enforcement of outer rules.     

Anagarika Govinda

If anyone steps on your ego, instantly, he becomes your enemy. But a Guru is a friend who constantly tramples your ego.     


People don't get the gurus they deserve, they get the gurus they manufacture.     

Idries Shah

One does not become a guru by accident.     

James Fenton

The Guru is the conveyance in which the spiritual influence is brought to you. Anyone can teach, but the spirit must be passed on by the Guru to the Shishya (disciple), and that will fructify.     

Swami Vivekananda

The guru must be a man who has known, has actually realized the Divine truth, has perceived himself as the spirit.     

Swami Vivekananda

The one who has the power of transmitting this current is called a Guru.     

Swami Vivekananda

A true teacher would never tell you what to do. But he would give you the knowledge with which you could decide what would be best for you to do.     

Christopher Pike

A Guru desires nothing from you except your well-being and progress on the path!     

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

A spiritual master who is one hundred percent Krishna conscious is the bonafide spiritual master.     

Bhagavad Gita

Being with the Guru means spontaneous integration of life and wisdom.     

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

You are never a real guru until you understand that you are serving others and delivering them to the light.     

Robin Sacredfire

A Guru is needed not to worship, but to direct you.     

Alan Finger

The guru is the means of realization.     

Swami Vivekananda

The Guru is the means of realisation. "There is no knowledge without a teacher."     

Swami Vivekananda

A Guru is not someone who holds a torch for you. He is the torch.     


The Spiritual master is the mercy representative of the Lord.     

Srimad Bhagavatam

He alone teaches who has something to give, for teaching is not talking, teaching is not imparting doctrines, it is communicating.     

Swami Vivekananda

Don't go searching for a Guru. When the pain of ignorance within you becomes a scream, a Guru will come in search for you.      


Light another's path and the universe will light your own.     

Matshona Dhliwayo

You don't go to a Guru for solace. He is not a tranquilizer - he is there to awaken you.      


The biggest Guru mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.     


The genuine Guru is God's representative and he speaks about God and nothing else.     

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The job of a Guru is not to interpret the scriptures but to take you to another dimension of life.      


Deep inside of you is a 'Guru' with the wisdom of the entire Universe!     

Erin Fall Haskell

The Teacher provides Spiritual Energy! Just like roots provide nutrients to the flowers!     

Master Choa Kok Sui

The Guru is the bright mask which God wears in order to come to us.     

Swami Vivekananda

A Guru is a cascade of energy. You have to soak your spiritual seed in it. It shall sprout.      


The Guru cannot awaken you; all that he can do is to point out what is.     

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Guru's grace is not designed to fulfill your plans but life's plan for you.