Question: Is a guru really necessary for spiritual advancement?
Answer: To develop knowledge and skill we need a good teacher whether it is at school or university.
Similarly for spiritual knowledge we approach a spiritual teacher or ‘guru’.
The genuine guru is one who has learnt the philosophy from his predecessor teachers, practices it impeccably and has deep realisations about its truth.
As conditioned souls, we have four defects – we are under illusion, we have a cheating propensity, we commit mistakes, and have imperfect senses.
Thus we cannot attain perfect knowledge by direct perception.
Aural reception of transcendental knowledge from a bona fide guru is the Vedic standard.
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