- Dilip : Some people report that Maharshi denies the need of a Guru. Others say the reverse. What does Maharshi say?
Bhagavan : I have never said that there is no need for a Guru.
- Dilip : Sri Aurobindo often refers to you as having had no Guru.
Bhagavan : That depends on what you call Guru. He need not necessarily be in human form. Dattatreya had twenty four Gurus-the elements, etc. That means that every form in the world was his Guru. A Guru is absolutely necessary. The Upanishads say that none but a Guru can take a man out of a jungle of mental and sense perceptions, so there must be a Guru.
- Dilip : I mean a human Guru. The Maharshi didn't have one.
Bhagavan : I might have had sometime or other. And didn't I sing hymns of Arunachala? What is a Guru? Guru is God or the Self. First a man prays to God to fulfil his desires, then a time comes when he does not pray for the fulfillment of a desire but for God himself. So God appears to him in some form or other, human or non-human, to guide as a Guru in answer to his prayer.