In this day and age where there are thousands of so-called gurus (fake guru), we have to be careful who we choose to listen to because if we make the mistake of following someone who is ego-centered in their true intentions, then we will lose time and money (among other highly valuable things).
The need of the hour is to distinguish between the genuine teacher that wishes nothing more than to help others become self-realized and experience spiritual bliss, and those who proclaim they will do these things for you but in reality are just emptying your bank account. These are several ways in which you can spot a false guru, spiritual teacher, or other peddler of faux spirituality, such as…
Do they follow what they preach?
Actions speak infinitely louder than words. Anyone can proclaim magnificent and wonderful things. But do these words live up to how the person lives and expresses themselves in his or her daily lives?
Do they ask you to donate?
Perhaps the biggest problem that I have found is the issue of money. I have seen self-appointed gurus, spiritual teachers, and whatever other title they go under charging unbelievably large amounts of money for information, knowledge, or so-called ‘higher wisdom’.
Do they own a fancy title?
Those who have experienced the Ultimate/Absolute Reality don’t continuously boast about how they have achieved enlightenment and are better than others. They are in fact, quite humble, perhaps sometimes too humble.
Do they defend themselves?
Those who are not genuine spiritual teachers will get offended and defensive over criticisms made towards them instead of looking inward and taking into consideration what those criticisms are. How dare an unenlightened mortal criticize them!
Do they crave for limelight?
It is not the spiritual teacher themselves that should be the focus, but rather the spiritual messages and teachings. How can we attain our own Self-realization if our position of awareness is focused externally on the teacher, rather than internally on the Self?
Do they promise a fast path to Self-Realization?
Yes, we all live busy lives and feel as if we do not have enough time to dedicate towards our spiritual growth, but let’s be realistic: it is highly unlikely you will become self-realized in 3 weeks.
Real gurus never claim it’s their way or the highway. There are many paths to a righteous mind, and elevated consciousness. 98% of the Gurus in the society are fake or without spiritual authority. Some of their characteristics are enumerated in this video…
If the Guru you follow has even one of the mentioned traits….Run, and don’t look back!