> > > >  
> > > > 'There is no mention of women being gurus anywhere in the
> > > > shastras. Women cannot be a guru.

Well, the word "guru" is primarily an adjective, meaning 
'heavy, important', etc.

1 guru , f. {gurvI} a. heavy, weighty (w. abl. also = {gurutara}), 
big, large, great, long (prosod.); strong, vehement; difficult, hard; 
bad, evil; important, valuable, venerable. Comp. {gurutara & 
ga3rIyaMs} heavier, weightier, etc. than (abl.); very heavy, weighty 
etc.; superl. {gariSTha} very big or swollen. -- m. any venerable 
person, as father, mother (du. the parents), teacher (also pl.), esp. 
Brhaspati as the teacher of the gods, any elder relative; chief of (--
-). f. {gurvI} pregnant, a pregnant woman. 

The nominative singular *feminine* form is "gurvii", which
seems to mean 'a pregnant woman'. Thus, from purely lingvistic
point of view, "guru" can't refer to a feminine gender word.
But, lo and behold, according to the above definition, the
masculine (m.) form can after all refer to e.g. one's mother!


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