Importance of ‘Guru’ (Spiritual Master)


Devotee: Maiya! What is one true relationship in this world?

Maiya: If there is any true relationship in this world, it’s of disciple and the Guru, rest all relations mold out of attachments or infatuated love, which break away with time. A heart to heart connection exists between Guru and disciple such as could be between doctor and patient. Like, a doctor diagnoses and correctly recommends affable cure; the patient too with full faith takes a doctor’s prescription, similarly, a Guru also treats the disease of rebirth and suffering. A disciple with unwavering faith and trust on the Guru, does spiritual practice according to His instructions and get freedom from cycle of birth and death.  

Devotee: Maiya! Is Guru even greater than God?

Maiya: Kabir ji has said,

Guru Govind dono khade, kake lagu paay

Balihari Guru aapki, Govind diyo milaye

“If both, Guru and Govind (one of the names of Lord Krishna) were to appear at the door, whose feet will I worship first?” He answers, “It has to be the Guru’s feet first, because without Him, how would have I recognized God?

Guru is greater than God because knowing God is possible only through Guru’s grace. God sends human into this world, whereas Guru sends human back to God. Guru is the bridge connecting humans with God. Only a Guru can remove ignorance of us humans. The spiritual bliss- that which is difficult to achieve even through thousands of years of penance, a disciple can attain the same within a lifetime with Guru’s grace.