सब धरती कागज करूँ, लेखनी सब बनरायसात समुंदर की मसि करूँ, गुरुगुण लिखा न जायEven if the whole earth is transformed into a giant paper with all the big trees made into pens and if the entire water in the seven oceans is transformed into writing ink, even then the glories of the Guru cannot be written. So much is the greatness of the Guru---Poet Saint Kabir
I refer to my following articles for a discussion on charisma of spiritual gurus:
The Guru Effect
In order to distinguish fake Guru from a genuine one--I esteem the criterion of urgency as of utmost importance. Please have a look at my following article for the same:
Saviour Syndrome, Emergency and Messiahs
Now I intend to discuss about the importance of genuine spiritual Guru. Guru is your own self. Some people use terms like higher and lower for self. Self with upper case 'S' is consider higher self or atma and self with lower case 's' is considered as ego/personality by many people. I want to make it clear that I know that there is only one self. There is only one reality and you may call it God but it's not different from you. There are various modes of spiritual practices and meditation which require different beliefs but they all lead towards the same reality.
you may call it Self/Atma/God/Supersoul/Existence or whatever you like. It is what it's and it makes no difference what you call it. Whatever it's--it's not different from you. Therefore I know that Guru is your own self.
Guru is the alarm clock
You have projected this universe. This may be to play with yourself or may be for something else--but this universe is a dream of yours. Everyone you see or meet or listen to in this universe is a part of your own dream. Even these words are part of your dream. You are neither in a bondage nor liberated but just dreaming. Those who dream might dream of good things--that might seem like bondage--or they might run towards getting liberated in a nightmare--it makes no difference for an onlooker or witness who is at a distance from sleeping person and awake. Pleasant dreams as well as nightmares are dreams. The illusion of reality(mistaking dream for reality) is what has caused this dream to continue. The Guru is a self-realized person in your dream who knows that you're sleeping and he gives you a wake-up call. He is the alarm-clock you had set before you went for sleep. Now you see the Guru because it's time to wake up. In dream you might feel that many years have been spent but it might be just a while--because Guru is the sound of the alarm clock you are listening and you might stall for a while but ultimately you're going to wake up.
In your dream you might confuse the alarm clock with a bell in a temple or a sound from a musical instrument--you might misconstrue the sound coming from alarm clock for a part of dream. You confuse the Guru with something he isn't. You might assume that he is there to give you a free-ticket to fulfill all your desires but the Guru is there to wake you up. Even if you use Guru as a clutch for a while he is bound to wake you up because he's an alarm clock you had set yourself.
There is no harm in considering a book your Guru. You might consider God as your Guru or you might feel that your inner voices are your Guru. It makes no difference because they're one and the same--because they're all part of your dream. The alarm clock is always outside your dream but the sound has to make contact with you inside your dream only then there is a possibility that you would wake up. Therefore the Guru appears in your dream and gives you many wake up calls one after another.
Gurdjieff used to tell his pupil that a pupil can never cheat a Guru whereas a Guru can cheat a pupil. An awakened master is always more intelligent than a sleeping person no matter how shoddy or vulgar his appearance.
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