Generally though giver of knowledge in a systematic fashion is known as teacher,
in our tradition, he is also on certain occasions, he is called Guru.
So what is the distinction between the two ?
Read on .....beautifully explained.


A teacher takes responsibility of 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 sharpens your mind
A Guru opens your mind 
A teacher shows you the way to prosperity
A Guru shows the way to serenity 
A teacher reaches your mind
A Guru touches your soul 
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 
A teacher instructs you
A Guru constructs you
When the course is over you are thankful to the teacher
When the discourse is over you are grateful to the Guru 
When a teacher finishes with you, you graduate
When a Guru finishes with you, you liberate

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