There is a beautiful story in the eleventh section of the ‘Srimad Bhagavatam’,
where a king encounters a naked ascetic and he says :
"You appear to be a vagrant, a mendicant, a madman, but the radiance of your face belies all this. You have found something, what is that? If you are an enlightened person, tell me, who was your Guru?"
The naked ascetic says,
"Gurus, I have many. I have twenty-four Gurus. So I learn from everybody and everything."
When can that happen?
When I am a good disciple.
You must seek wisdom from several Gurus, only then is the knowledge complete.
Who is a Guru?
What is a Guru?
A Guru is one who removes the darkness of ignorance.
Ignorance refers to ignorance of God or ignorance of the self.
Has anyone done that to you?
If not, you have not met a Guru.
You might have met a dozen of Swamis but that is of no consequence whatsoever.
If he has not touched your heart, sorry, leave him alone.
Of course learn from him as a teacher but not as a Guru.
Guru is one who has been able to remove darkness of self-ignorance, or ignorance of God from your heart and enabled you to attain self-knowledge.
Sri Swami Venkatesananda
To be continued ....