Seeking A Good Guru
Indian tradition sees God in the guru, as someone who can lead us from spiritual darkness to divine light. Can we acquire spiritual knowledge merely by reading scriptures or listening to discourses, without accepting any one learned person as one’s guru? This question is often posed by youth today, who feel that by restricting ourselves to one guru, we would only get compartmentalised. To them I would say, please try to understand the deep significance of a genuine guru-shishya relationship.
What exactly does a guru do? A guru is distinctly different from a teacher. While a teacher makes us learn, a guru helps us to transform and become. He initiates the disciple to the exact path in view of his existing spiritual position. He helps the disciple realise the divinity already there within him. He keeps constant watch over his progress. A guru, therefore, should be a realised master or at least someone who is gifted with the blessings of a realised master through lineage or tradition. The question is, how does one set about finding a good guru? There is an infallible spiritual law that when the disciple is ready, the guru is bound to come to him. It has happened in the life of innumerable saints and sages. Aspiration of the disciple and his inward receptivity attracts the right sort of guru to him.