Four Things That Could Go Wrong Approaching A Pretender Guru

Krishna's Mercy

[Krishna's lotus feet]“A person who is wallowing in carnal pleasures and material comforts, who is confused about the human goal of life and is devoid of bhakti, and who poses as a guru, such a depraved charlatan must be rejected.” (Mahabharata, Udyoga-parva, 179.25)

“A guru is compulsory. Not only do you need to approach a spiritual master, but you have to obey their commands. Render service and inquire submissively. Do not be challenging. That does not mean there are no doubts. Bring them to the table, but like you would in a classroom setting, where the teacher is the established authority figure. You can’t achieve perfection by consulting the books directly, as they were compiled thousands of years ago. You don’t know how to transition the lessons to the modern day, how to adjust for time and circumstance.”

These recommendations certainly are valid and based in authority. The Bhagavad-gita makes specific…

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