~Chela~

Chela is the Sanskrit term for a person who follows a guru and means “one who is eager to learn.” It is a term which, in some regards, is synonymous with “disciple” or “scholar,” but is used in yogic and Hindu traditions to denote a relationship with the guru, which is especially sacred and significant.

A chela will come to a guru to learn not only in an intellectual way, but also to develop their consciousness and spirit to seek enlightenment. It is said that most people who come to a guru to learn are not chelas because they are only wanting intellectual knowledge and either don’t understand or are not ready for enlightenment.

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