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What are the qualifications of a real Guru or a true guide? Is it possible for an ordinary human being to select a real guide? If so, how?

A real Guru is a Srotriya and a Brahmanishtha, one who is learned in the scriptures and
established in Brahman. He who is wise, desireless and sinless can be a true teacher and guide.
The Guru, by virtue of his wisdom and capacity, draws towards himself the souls fit to be guided
by him. When one feels that he is thus spontaneously drawn to a Mahapurusha whom he cannot
help loving, admiring and serving, who is an embodiment of unruffled tranquillity, mercy and
spiritual experience, such a great one can be taken as the Guru. A Guru is one in whom the
disciple can find no defect and who serves as the ideal to be reached by the disciple. In short, the
Guru is God in manifested form, and when Divinity is seen in a person, he can be chosen as the
Guru. The relation between the Guru and the Sishya is genuine and unbreakable, even as that
between God and man is. It is a natural law that when a certain event has to take place in the
universe, the conditions necessary for the same are brought about exactly at the proper time.
When the disciple is ready to receive the higher Light, he is brought into contact with a suitable
Guru by the Supreme Dispensation.
From "May I answer that" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website of Divine Life Society, Photographs of Swami Sivananda, German Pages on Swami Sivananda

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