Just as service done to the father or grandfather pleases the son or grandson, so also service done to Guru pleases Mantra. Make no distinction between Guru, Mantra and Devata. Guru is God. He should not be regarded as a mere man. The place where Guru dwells in is Kailasa. The house in which he lives is Kashi or Banaras. The water of his feet is Ganga herself. The Mantra uttered by his fair Mouth is the saviour Brahman Himself.
The form of Guru is the root of Dhyana, the Lotus-Feet of Guru is the root of Pooja, the word of Guru is the root of salvation.
Guru is the place of pilgrimage. Guru is fire. Guru is Surya. Guru is the whole world. All places of pilgrimage in the entire universe reside in the sole of Guru’s Lotus-Feet. Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, Parvati, Indra, all Devas, all sacred rivers are eternally seated in the Guru’s body. Siva alone is Guru.
There is no difference between Guru and Ishta Devata. He who teaches the various forms of Sadhana and Yoga is Shiksha Guru or the teaching Guru. Of these two he is the supreme Guru from whom the great Mantra of Ishta Devata has been heard and learnt and by him alone Siddhi can be attained.
If Guru is pleased, the Lord Himself is pleased; if Guru is displeased, the Lord is displeased. Guru is grandfather to the Ishta Devata.
He who is pure in thought, word and deed, who has mastery over the senses, who has knowledge of scriptures, who is truthful, serene and who has God-realisation is a Guru.
A man of bad character cannot be a Guru. Competent disciples are never in want of competent Gurus. The disciple achieves results in proportion to his faith on his Guru.
The possession of university degrees cannot entitle a man to be an examiner of a Guru.
It is the height of impertinence and foolishness on his part, blinded by the vanity of worldly knowledge, to test the spiritual knowledge of the Guru.