What do you do when you have to buy a new car or a new home? I assume you do research, ask your friends for their opinions, and use your own knowledge to make the right purchase. Even when you buy a new phone or a tablet, the decision is based on what you like, what’s available, and what suits your style, right? Our life partner is selected carefully too. Would you marry a person you didn’t like from day one? I hope not.
So, since you have been choosing the most important things in your life based upon your research and comfort, you will choose the Guru using the same model, right? You will pick the Guru that you like. You will find solace in the Guru who makes you comfortable. You will seek out the Guru who matches your lifestyle.
Not so fast.
Finding a Guru bears no resemblance to shopping for one. A Guru is not meant to make us feel more comfortable. They arrive in our lives to push our buttons and ignite transformation. So we can’t go from place to place, looking for the “right fit.” When we decide that we are ready for a Guru, the best thing we can do is begin to work on our ego.
The biggest roadblock to meeting a true Guru is our ego. Remember, EGO = Edging Guru Out. Take the Guru out and the ego will walk in. Take the ego in and the Guru will walk out. The ego stops us from accepting the idea that someone with flesh and bones can teach us life lessons.
The popular phrase, “A teacher appears when a student is ready” is absolutely true in this situation. The ultimate truth is this: You cannot find a Guru. You can only let a Guru discover you. The only thing you can do is prepare yourself for the Guru’s discovery. Try as much as you want. If you go out and search for Guru, you may land at a place where your ego is fed.
The title of this section is somewhat of a trick for your ego and shopping habits. But I am not trying to deceive you. I just want you to have clarity. You are much too precious to end up in the wrong hands.