In our Sanantana Dharma, the Guru is given the status of the Almighty. It is the guru who provides intellect to the human life with true knowledge and enlightenment. Our Epics and Puranas have mentioned few of the finest relations of Guru and Sishyas who through their bonding have given mankind the essence of true knowledge and learning till times eternal.
Rishi Narad and Prahlad – Prahlad, known for his eternal devotion on Bhgawan Vishnu, inherited his bhakti from Rishi Narad. The pious sage was Prahlad’s teacher in the most exceptional way. With a purpose of saving Hirankashyap’s yet to be born child, Rishi Narad brings Leelavathi to his ashram. One day, while explaining the greatness of Bhagwan Vishnu to Leelavathi, she falls asleep. Rishi Narad yet hears somebody listening to his preaching and is surprised to see that the sound is coming from Leelavathi’s womb. Understanding that the child was destined to be one of the greatest devotees fo Bhagewan Vishnu, he teaches the unborn all about the Supreme being. This foundation became the greatest strength for Prahlad to fight his father’s harassment with the devotion of Bhagwan Vishnu.
Rishi Narad and Rishi Valmiki – When Rishi Narad was stopped by a man who could not even spell the name of Rama in the correct way, Rishi Narad teaches him to spell it in the opposite way and this mantra works wonders on the man who transforms himself as Rishi Valmiki. When Rishi Valmiki wanted to give the world the ideal ways of leading life, then Rishi Narad tells him the entire story of the Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram and asks him to author his story as Ramayan which till date helps mankind learn lessons of humanity and virtues through Shri Ram
Rishi Vasisht and Shri Ram – When Shri Ram comes back to Ayodhya after killing Ravan and restoring Dharma in the entire world, he is received with great warmth and affection by his Guru Vasisht. The noble sage feels elated by the achievements of his student and feels his life to be blessed as his guru. It was a beautiful bonding that Shri Ram and Guru Vasisht had with each other which inspired Shri Ram to walk on the path of Dharma all his life. Rishi Vasisht taught Shri Ram the most beautiful qualities like, humility, courage and truth which Shri Ram implemented all his life and paved way for the entire mankind to follow the same.
Shri Krishna and Arjun – Shri Krishna had to serve the greatest purpose of his Avatar through the discourse of the Bhgavad Geeta to his dearest Arjun. As the Supreme Being from whom all life evolves and perishes, Shri Krishna taught Arjun the greatest duty of man to be detached to all the bonds and attachments which are materialistic and strive for only the one, which is the eternal bond with the Almighty. Shri Kirshna through Arjun gave mankind the most valuable lesson to lead life with a purpose of Dharma and hence is aptly called the Jagadguru.
It is because of the bonding of these Gurus and Sishyas that the world has got the greatest ideals and virtues of humanity which continue to teach the entire mankind the real understanding of knowledge.