Guru is a Sanskrit term that connotes someone who is a “teacher, guide or master” of certain knowledge.In pan-Indian traditions, guru is someone more than a teacher, traditionally a reverential figure to the student, with the guru serving as a “counselor, who helps mold values, shares experiential knowledge as much as literal knowledge, an exemplar in life, an inspirational source and who helps in the spiritual evolution of a student.” The term also refers to someone who primarily is one’s spiritual guide, who helps one to discover the same potentialities that the guru has already realized. The ultimate Guru is Shiva.
This piece is rendered in the Shodo style with Sumi brush and ink on Lakta paper which is made in the Himalayas from materials indigenous to that region. Shodo Calligraphy is a form of meditation in itself and is meant to imbue the piece with the meaning of the word. Each piece is therefore unique in appearance.