Om Sathguru Shri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae
Guru is the awakened. Guru is a spiritual guide.
Just as you require a teacher to teach you arts and sciences relating to the world of nature around you, you need a guide on the spiritual path.
Just as a professor should be qualified in the subject he teaches, so should the spiritual guide, qualified enough, to guide you. He must be perfect in the science of spirituality; which means, that he must have attained the realization of God. When you have such a guide, you can safely entrust yourself to his hands and you are sure to progress on the path without any hindrance, provided your aspiration is intense and you follow his guidance.
The meaning of the word Guru is “dispeller of darkness.” The role of the Guru therefore, is to awaken God-Consciousness in you and lead you to Him.
The Guru is Akhanda, undivided;
The Guru is Advaitha, nondual.
When one conceives of him as the Divine, one’s true self, one receives not only material benefits but also the divine grace and true knowledge.