[INDOLOGY] Query re: guru-ziSya and paramparA

Toke Knudsen Toke.Knudsen at oneonta.edu
Sun Nov 20 12:34:06 UTC 2016

Hi all,

I received the below question via email. I don't have a handy reference—can anyone help?



I had a query about the correct usage of the term(s) "guru–shishya" and "parampara". I think what they indicate is the succession of teacher and pupil in a Vedic intellectual tradition, passing on knowledge and practice. But my only "reference" for this is a vague memory plus, um, wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guru%E2%80%93shishya_tradition), and I'd rather not refer to those, ah, sources. What is the correct translation / explanation, and do you know a good citation or two I can have?

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