When Will I Find My Guru?


In all these years I have noticed a peculiar thing in my spiritual voyage that answers to many of questions were answered in some way or the other by various people and events.the interesting thing is when I started meditation practices the list of the ones who were answering shortened to realized ones and my deeper questions were answered. Does it have any relation to meditation and am I going to find a sole guru someday or will it be learning through events and other things? Thank you

—Archit, India


Dear Friend,

The cliche, which, however common, is still true: “When the disciple is ready, the guru appears!” Yes, as you deepen your own spiritual realization through meditation, right attitude, devotion, service and study you begin to attract those who can help you at that deeper level.

Just as the devotee is counseled not to keep asking, “When will I find God,” so too I would counsel you not to be overly concerned with “When will I find my guru?” This is according to karma and grace. Paramhansa Yogananda prayed often as a young man for his guru to come to him and, as he relates in his life story, “Autobiography of a Yogi,” one day finally after fervent prayer, his guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar appeared in an alley in Benares silently calling to his disciple.

Continue your journey: as Patanjali tells us in the Yoga Sutras, the more intense and sincere and pure your efforts the sooner they will show their fruits. But, in the meantime, you must have faith, though a little bit of pestering God is ok. Just don’t don’t overdue it. ok?

Blessings to you on your journey,

Nayaswami Hriman