You will not find the tradition of Guru-Shishya anywhere else in the world except among the renowned Yoga Schools of India. This tradition is thriving and flourishing since centuries and is still can be seen in ashrams and many Yoga schools of India. This tradition means passing on the knowledge from master to his disciple in the atmosphere of trust, dedication, and intimacy.
In Guru Shishya tradition Gurus are more than the teachers in whose feet disciples shed their ego and lay their self-esteem to attain the knowledge from their Gurus. It is through this spiritual connection between the Guru and Shishya that India once gained the position of Jagatguru (Teacher of the world). Guru-Shishya parampara is an uninterrupted tradition this means it is a lineage which is continuously going on since centuries. A Guru touches its disciple from deep inside his soul where nobody and not even the parents or anybody else can become participatory. This relationship is so sacred and important that during any crises or emergency situation, it is the only guru who gives his disciple energy to push himself out of crises.
It is said that yogis dedicate themselves to the ideals of this ancient tradition every year during the festival of Guru Purnima. This festival gives yogis opportunity to refine their faith and devotion and to move in the spiritual quest. This festival also became an occasion of receiving Guru’s blessings. The tradition of the blessings of the guru can be understood through the following verses “Guru bin gyan nahin re nahin re; Guru bin jivan aisa hota, jaise pran nahin re nahin re“. This means it is not possible to gain the spiritual knowledge without bowing at the feet of the Guru. Life without Guru for a learner is like a body without a breath.
It is only a self-realized teacher who gets the responsibility to find his true disciple in whom whole yogic knowledge can be bestowed, and to guide him to reach the stage of salvation and serve the human race.
We can find hundreds of examples of this Guru-shishya parampara flourishing, however, the names of some of them are worth mentioning like Sant Eknath, Sant Gyaneshwar, Adi Shankaracharya, Gopinath Kaviraj etc. This Guru-Shishya tradition is a complete whole hearted discipline where disciples gain knowledge in a state of Shradda which means complete devotion.
We know that yoga is a discipline and a true seeker and even a true Guru or a teacher is a one who understands the true meaning of a guru-disciple relationship. This relationship is realized in the best Yoga Schools of India. And through his realization, only a yoga seeker can reach the ultimate goal of becoming a true yogi himself.