From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Jagad guru)
Jump to: navigation, search

Jagadguru (Sanskrit जगद्गुरु), literally meaning the Guru of the world, is a title used in Sanatana Dharma. Traditionally, it has been bestowed upon or used for ācāryas belonging to the Vedānta school (among the six traditional schools of thought in Hinduism) who have written Sanskrit commentaries on the Prasthānatrayī (literally the three sources) - the Brahma Sūtras (the original scripture of Vedānta), the Bhagavad Gītā (part of the Mahābhārata) and the principal Upanishads. Historically, Jagadgurus have established a lineage (Paramparā), established an institution to spread Dharma, who have been based in Varanasi, famous for being the centre of Sanskrit study and the "Capital Of all Knowledge".

Origin and history of the term[edit]

जगद्गुरु is of Sanskrit origin where जगत् (jagat) means 'the entire world' and गुरु (guru) means 'spiritual master'. In the classics and scriptures, the word has been used for several Devas. In the Mahābhārata, Arjuna addresses Shree Krishna as the 'Supreme Master of the entire world'. The Sanskrit poet Kālidāsa uses the word जगद्गुरु for Shiva in his great poem (Mahākāvya) titled Kumārasambhava.[1] In the Rāmacaritamānasa, the poet-saint Tulasidas uses the same word for Rāma.[2]

Notable Jagadgurus[edit]


  1. ^ Kumārasambhava, Canto 6, Verse 15 and also Canto 8, verse 24.
  2. ^ Rāmacaritamānasa, Araṇya Kāṇḍa, verse 3.9.
  3. ^ jagadguru shankaracharya&f=false Jesus in Kashmir The Lost Tomb By Suzanne Olsson
  4. ^ a b c d e Saraswati, S.P. 2007. The True History and The Religion of India. New Delhi: Macmillan Publishers.
  5. ^ "Spiritual Guru Jagadguru Kripalu Maharaj passes away". Zee News. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Melton, G. 2003. The Encyclopedia of American Religions. Gale
  7. ^ Singh, Khushwant (28 January 2007). "Varanasi seer’s memory is phenomenal". The Tribune. Tribune India. Retrieved 12 June 2015.