Lord Krishna is the Spiritual Garu. He made teachings to Arjuna and made him ready to war. He explained well all spirituality to Arjuna in the form of Bhagavadgita. But we never Krishna anywhere with a beard. Like that, I know a Guru in Hyderabad who dresses well and shaves his beard daily. But he teaches many of his disciples all Godly issues and always asks them to live a peaceful life.
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hankaracharya tradition or some other tradition order of followers do not sport bear, but maintain a clean shaven head and face.
There are two justifications for these. As hair (head or beard) adds to the attractiveness of people, those who want to make themselves objects of attraction, but want people to come to them for their wisdom, right path of life etc. Similarly they also will be concentrating on the path of spirituality and Dharma and righteousness. In other cases these people will be so busy and involved in their activities of teaching and following religious and spiritual pursuits they may not waste their precious time on such matters as shaving, applying cosmetics etc.
Aadi Sankaracharya himself best explained about this in his work -famously known as " Bhaja Govindam".
In that he says " Jatilo mundee lunchita keash, kaashaayambara bahukruta veshah ; pasyannapichana pasyati moodaha..." Some people grow long and matted hair in locks, some have their heads clean shaven, some simply pluck out and remove their hair; some wear ochre coloured clothes, everyone wears different ways. After all, al these kind of styles are necessitated for the need of stomach i.e sustenance.
So we need not bother much about these things, but focus and follow their good teachings, good works and good way of living. Even we ordinary mortals also resort to such variety in every layer of life.
Since this discussion is about beard so it refers only to male teachers and not the female. There are female spiritual teachers too.
Now those who are a teacher in spirituality have transcended the limitations of human body and mind and having a beard or shabby look doesn't bother them as they are in a different realm. This is true for real ones and not the fakes and imposters.
People are in a habit of judging and they have a predefined definition of guru or teacher and also an image in their mind. So, if they they see a person with beard and long clothes they are almost satisfied that the person is a spiritual teacher and if that person does some trick they become his devotee immediately. This way all the inposters work. They play with the psych of humans.
So, beard is not a matter of discussion, it's our preconceived notions and judgements that should be discussed.
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