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In Hinduism, a guru is a personal spiritual teacher. In ancient India, knowledge of the Vedas (a body of liturgical literature) was transmitted orally from guru to pupil. The rise of the bhakti movement, which emphasizes the love of devotees for a personal god, further increased the importance of gurus, who were often looked on as living embodiments of spiritual truth and were identified with the deity. Gurus prescribe spiritual disciplines to their devotees, who follow their dictates in a tradition of service and obedience. Men or women may be gurus, though generally only men have established lineages.
He has been a guru to many young writers. She"s a self-proclaimed financial guru. Fitness gurus call it the hottest new exercise trend of the year.
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History and Etymology for guru
ultimately from Sanskrit guru, from guru, adjective, heavy, venerable — more at grieve