During a recent conversation with a yoga teacher, the question of Guru, Swami and Rishi arose. What are the historical differences between each title?
Today, during another conversation with a different teacher, the topic of the selection process in choosing a teacher, guru, swami, etc. came up. What do you think? For instance, if a guru has traditionally been considered a "dispeller of darkness," what associations cast a light upon otherwise dark corners of one's psyche? What are the benefits of becoming a devotee? Is this notion more prevalent in the East than the West? Why?