True and False Gurus


Hello again,

Can a SadGuru be defined as " not a false prophet guru " like the ones Jesus described "who come to us in sheeps clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves"

I mean one who bears good fruits and who does not have his eye on how much money his disciples have but may not necessarily have achieved Nirvikalpa Samadhi.

Does he/she have to be completely realized or just on the path to that state with sincerity?

Thanks as always for your reply.


—Cyril, Ireland


Dear Cyril,

I’d like to propose a new way of looking at your question. The word “guru” gets used frequently in the West to mean “teacher.” But the Indian definition is “dispeller of darkness.” I would like propose that there are NO false gurus.

There are true gurus, men and women of realization dedicated to helping others move toward divine freedom.

And there are people who have decided to call themselves “gurus,” but that doesn’t make them gurus. If you see those you consider “ravening wolves,” perhaps you shouldn’t use the word “guru” to describe them. In order to dispel darkness in others, one must be free of darkness himself. Those thinking of personal gain still have work to do on themselves.

A sadguru is one who has himself attained enlightenment and is dedicated to leading others to that state.

In divine friendship,