Can a woman be a Guru? Does a Guru’s gender matter? Sadhguru answers this question in Part 5 of the “Women and Spirituality” series.


Generally, a woman’s femininity will not allow her to be an effective Master. But she is very good at pursuing the path. A man can do many things here and there, but his receptivity is less. He can prepare himself, but a woman comes with that natural quality. So wherever there is a Master, more women will gather, simply because they are more suited for receiving. There have been some very wonderful Masters who were women, but they are of a different kind. They cannot operate the way a man does. They have to find a certain kind of situation, a certain kind of support system in the society. Society never supported a woman as a Master. Especially in the West, whenever a woman started expressing her wisdom, wherever a woman started having access to something beyond what normal people had, she was labeled a witch and burnt at the stake.

However, there have been a few women who have more masculine fire in them than most men do. Such women can become very wonderful Masters, if the social support is there. There have been such people, but in all these many centuries of human history, they never had that kind of support. Probably in the future, it should be possible. There may be many women as spiritual Masters.

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  • Monideepa Roy

    I am not very convinced with the idealogy that Women cant be good Gurus.I myself have come across a lady who was a very effective Guru although she was assassinated quite a few years back.Can you please tell me the problems that a female Guru has to face?

    • Aandon Singamerullapa

      based on society . sure one day in india it should be possible. There may be many women as spiritual Masters.

  • श्री ऋजु

    Thank you Sadhguru!

  • ram ya

    thank u sadhguru…..but what to do with this thirst to liberate is so unquenchable…….what do i do……..what should have liberated me has bonded me……………..

    • Pandu


  • Nikole

    perhaps there are things that make a man and a woman different from each other and one may not be able to do what the other can and vice versa but there are many things and places in the world where women up to this modern are unfortunately still looked down as weak beings but nonetheless i like how sadhguru explained his point as subtle as he could.

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  • muktipada

    In fact there are 25 women seers mentioned in Veda. They were editors of Veda and Upanishads. For example, Gargi, Maitrei, Vak etc. Once Gargi challenged the powerful saint Yajnavalkya to have a debate with her in Janaka court. And Gargi was such a powerful lady that whole assembly was speechless in front of her.

    Maitrei was the editor of Brihadaranyaka Upanishads. Risi Vak was in such a higher state of enlightenment that she declared that whole creation has come out of her and she is Brahman herself.

    In twentieth century we can mention many women teachers like Sarada maa, the consort of sri-ramakrishna, Maa Amritanandamai, Maa anandamai etc. And they are influential and followed by many.

    Interestingly most of Hindu deities with powerful portfolios are ladies. Like Laxmi for wealth, Sawaswati for knowledge, Durga for muscle power etc. I have never seen any female deity without any weapons. They hold same weapons as male deity.

    Women has proved in each situation and each period of civilization in India. May be in other civilization this may be a issue.

  • Boo

    sri sarada devi, mira bai, aandaal are all gurus….they dont have beards..just that difference…

  • Pallavi

    The commentary in the blog and what Sadhguru has to say about Women as gurus in the video, is not connected. Perhaps the blog commentary was given in another context, but it has nothing to do with what he says in the video. The message of the video is, ‘Whether Male or Female, is irrelevant in Spirituality’, so the notion of can a woman be a guru – which is the title of this post, does not arise. A Guru is a being, capable of pointing people in the right direction. Seeking a Guru based on gender or sexuality is meaningless, because it implies a continued identification with one’s gender/sexuality- the whole point of the spiritual path is to become aware, watch for identification until it drops.

  • Meera

    Well a guru doesn’t identify with gender. Perhaps the question is irrelevant. However Amma mata amritananda mayi ma is greatest guru in the world today :) she had done great things that no other can achieve in short period of time:)

  • Dr Sujeer

    Attachment to the body (deha abimana) is very strong in majority of women