In view of how people are choosing their Gurus, I thought of sharing something that will make us understand that we need to use our discernment when we choose a Guru. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa emphasized that a human being cannot be a Guru, only Satchidananda (God) is Guru. What does this mean? When we go ahead and start following someone the first thing one needs to look into is, whether he/she is a renouncer or an accumulator. Jesus, Guru Nanak, Mohammad, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, were true renouncers, they were God incarnate. Why do we then not hold on to the Truth instead of holding the fake?
I want to share something of Sri Ramakrishna’s character which will further clarify my point. When Sri Ramakrishna wanted to teach humility to himself, this is what He did (as per excerpt below). This has been picked by from the book of Swami Vivekananda- Swamiji on Himself, in Swamiji’s own words.
Whenever he (Sri Ramakrishna) wanted to do anything he never confined himself to fine theories but would enter into the practice immediately. We see many persons talking the most wonderfully fine things about charity and about equality and the rights of other people and all that, but it is only in theory. I was so fortunate as to find one who was able to carry theory into practice. He had the most wonderful faculty of carrying everything into practice which he thought was right. Now, there was a family of Pariahs living near the place. . . . My Master would go to a Pariah and ask to be allowed to clean his house. The business of the Pariah is to clean the streets of the cities and to keep houses clean. . . . By birth, the Brahmin stands for holiness and the Pariah for the very reverse. And this Brahmin asked to be allowed to do the menial services in the house of the Pariah. The Pariah, of course, could not allow that, for they all think that if they allow a Brahmin to do such menial work it will be an awful sin, and they will become extinct. The Pariah would not permit it; so in the dead of night, when all were sleeping, Ramakrishna would enter the house. He had long hair, and with his hair he would wipe the place, saying, “Oh, my Mother, make me the servant of the Pariah, make me feel that I am even lower than the Pariah”. . . .
All are Avataras are an epitome of humility. Thus, when you desire for a Guru, ask God to become your Guru, I did and learned the true meaning of who a true Guru is. God only is the One who has clarified all questions lurking in my soul and spirit. So seek God!