Difference between a Teacher and a Guru

By Manoj Lekhi

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 answer


A teacher helps you get out of the maze
A Guru destroys your maze


A teacher requires obedience and discipline from the pupil
A Guru requires trust and humility from the pupil


A teacher prepares you for the outer journey
A Guru prepares you for the inner journey


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 instructs you
A Guru constructs you


A teacher sharpens your mind
A Guru opens your mind


A teacher gives you knowledge
A Guru makes you wise


A teacher gives you maturity
A Guru returns you your 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 leads you by the hand
A Guru leads you by example