The Guru & Teacher

Difference between a Guru and a Teacher


A teacher takes responsibility for your growth.
A Guru makes you responsible for your growth.

A teacher gives you things you do not have and require.
A Guru takes away things you have and do not require.

A teacher answers your questions.
A Guru questions your answers.

A teacher helps you get out of the maze.
A Guru destroys the maze.

A teacher requires obedience and discipline from the pupil.
A Guru requires trust and humility from the pupil.

A teacher clothes you and prepares you for the outer journey.
A Guru strips you naked and prepares you for the inner journey.

A teacher is a guide on the path.
A Guru is a pointer to the way.

A teacher sends you on the road to success.
A Guru sends you on the road to freedom.

A teacher explains the world and its nature to you.
A Guru explains yourself and your nature to you.

A teacher makes you understand how to move about in the world.
A Guru shows you where you stand in relation to the world.

A teacher gives you knowledge and boosts your ego.
A Guru takes away your knowledge and punctures your ego.

A teacher instructs you.
A Guru constructs you.

A teacher sharpens your mind.
A Guru opens your mind.

A teacher shows you the way to prosperity.
A Guru shows you the way to posterity.

A teacher reaches your mind.
A Guru touches your spirit.

A teacher gives you knowledge.
A Guru makes you wise.

A teacher gives you maturity.
A Guru returns you to innocence.

A teacher instructs you on how to solve problems.
A Guru shows you how to resolve issues.

A teacher is a systematic thinker.
A Guru is a lateral thinker.

A teacher will punish you with a stick.
A Guru will punish you with compassion.

A teacher is to pupil what a father is to son.
A Guru is to pupil what mother is to her child.

One can always find a teacher.
But a Guru has to find and accept you.

A teacher leads you by the hand.
A Guru leads you by example.

When a teacher finishes with you, you celebrate.
When a Guru finishes with you, life celebrates.

When the course is over you are thankful to the teacher.
When the discourse is over you are grateful to the Guru.

Let us honor both, the teachers and the Guru in our life.

Courtesy: Aparna Rege Shenoy