The guru cult vs truth conductor
Guru is respectable or worshipable because that person acts as a conductor. I’ll explain what I mean: The goal of spiritual search is truth. So if a person conducts the truth then that person acts as a guru. So guru is a conductor of truth. Truth originates from Krishna. So Krishna is the adi-guru or the original guru. So every other guru simply transmits Krishna, that’s all. There is nothing more to it. There is no room for personality cult worship.
Guru is a simple conductor of truth. As long as one conducts the truth, one is respectable. When one loses the ability or ceases to conduct the truth, to conduct Krishna’s teachers, then one is not acting in the capacity of a guru anymore. And we ought not to have that relationship with him anymore.
For example, this camera that I’m using to record this video is plugged into an electric outlet. It’s plugged into that electric outlet for a reason! And the reason is that an electric outlet is connected to the powerhouse. If that electric outlet was not connected to the powerhouse, I would not have plugged my camera in it. If that electric outlet looses its connection to the powerhouse, I would just unplug my camera. What’s the point of having my camera plugged into a dead outlet!? I just take the cord and plug it into an outlet that’s connected to the powerhouse.
So we’re not mindlessly worshipping, adoring a person. It doesn’t matter who the person might be. The point is that what we worship, what we give ourselves to, what we honor is the truth, the teachings of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. As long as a person conducts the truth then that person is a guru, and when that person does not conduct the truth then that person is not a guru. Period. Very simple.
One more detail about guru: Many people may sporadically act as gurus. I have had so many experiences in my life when people were telling me truth at a particular moment, at a particular time. Those were the times and moments when they acted as gurus. When they weren’t speaking the truth, they weren’t acting as gurus. So there are different types of gurus. Basically a guru is everyone who for any amount of time conducts truth. The moment they don’t conduct truth they aren’t gurus.
So one can be guru for two seconds, and then not be guru again. Or, one could be guru for years and then not be guru again. The point here is that we honor the truth. We honor Krishna. We honor the Supreme Absolute Truth in whichever way that truth presents itself to us. We are very grateful for it. And if that truth is conducted through a person then that person should be honored.
As a matter of fact, one cannot become a disciple unless one has at least some preliminary knowledge as to what the is the truth because without that preliminary knowledge of what is the truth then one cannot even tell if one is being fed nonsense or authentic stuff. So there is no need for fear. There is no need for cultish personality worship. There is no need for any of those inconsistencies.
Sometimes beginners come to the point of choosing spiritual teacher to be guided by they feel great deal of responsibility on their shoulder and certainly there is a great deal of responsibility there because we ought to choose someone who is conducting the truth. But, again, as long as one conducts the truth that person means they are a bona-fide conductor and when that person does not do that then plugin to an outlet that is connected to a powerhouse.
Those who are directing people to take guidance of a guru should also make a note of this: it is not a personality cult type of thing. We’re teaching people to become attached to truth, not to a particular person. It is the truth. It is Krishna that people need to be attached to. Genuine spiritual seekers are not interested in pleasures what so ever. They’re interested in the truth. So we ought to encourage people to seek the truth.