22 September 2012 - QA 3

Is it still necessary today to follow a Guru?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

Why this question? Asking this question you put yourself into a trap. When I give you an answer and you take it, that means you are already following!

If I say, 'No, no need to follow', and you say, 'Okay, I won't follow', then you have followed.

If I say, 'Yes', and you follow, that means you have followed.

So better I say, 'No!'

It is a very interesting question, right.

See, you need a coach to play football right. Every soccer player needs a coach. You need a coach for any games, for any music. When you go to school and you are weak in some topic then you need a coach.

Similarly, a little bit of guidance in the beginning for meditation and for learning any spirituality is essential, isn't it! And that is why it is necessary. And if you feel it is not necessary then that is up to you.