Why Does a Seeker Need a Spiritual Master, a Mentor or a Guru?

What is the definition of a Guru?

A Guru is a spiritual teacher — a spiritual coach. The word ‘GURU’ is constituted of two words — ‘Gu’ which means darkness, and ‘Ru’ which refers to light. Guru is the one who takes us from darkness to light. He is a manifestation of God on Earth. His voice is God’s voice. The Guru is the one who shows us the path, and then holds our hand and walks with us — helping, guiding, and leading us onward, forward, inward, upward, and most importantly, Godward. It is a person who gives us moral teachings and shows a true seeker a way to self-realization. Such is the role of a spiritual Guru.

What is the true meaning of a spiritual Guru?

It is that selfless soul who wants to help people realize the truth. Yes! It is so difficult for a seeker to find a true spiritual master but without a spiritual master, a seeker would be lost. Imagine, somebody, trying to fly a plane without being taught how to be a pilot! Imagine somebody trying to drive a car without getting a license. We are sure to crash! Such is the fate of a seeker without a spiritual master — spiritual doom!

Have we come to the conclusion that it is absolutely essential to have a Guru on a spiritual path?

The spiritual path is not a new science. It is something that has evolved over centuries. Thousands of years ago, the rishis and the saints from India, China, Egypt, and across the world, realized certain principles of life, certain universal laws and then created philosophy and theology that has given a basic foundation to the world.

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