Fear drives people towards faith and not the understanding of spiritual principles or fundamental truths.
Whenever we are ready to obey the Lord, and we approach Him with the attitude of a disciple — with humility, devotion, and shraddha — the God within us will assume the role of Guru, and lead us, holding our hand.
It may be difficult, but we need to keep trying. Even if we fail a hundred times, even a single victory is a big victory. We may fail a test multiple times, but once we finally pass it, we need not take the test ever again.
The sculptor has to hit parts of the boulder very hard with a hammer and chisel or gently taps on other areas. Some parts need to be completely removed, while other areas just need polishing.
We run all over the place in search of God. Just when our roots begin to grow, we start thinking, “I’m not gaining anything here. If I go over there I may get more.” What we really need is patience.
The essence of the scriptures is in its practical aspect. While dealing with others, were we able to maintain our composure? Otherwise, what is the difference between us and a tape recorder, or a book?
Guru may not act according to the expectations and desires of the disciple. Desires and expectations arise from the ego. A true Master never nourishes the ego.
Some things that we know to be displeasing, we won’t say to a persons face.
Only a Guru knows how to handle a disciple.