Do you need a guru? If you are a yogi or other Eastern spiritual practitioner you have probably asked yourself this question before. In Mariana Caplan’s newly revised book, she succeeds at helping one decide if a dedicated spiritual mentor and guide is needed. And most importantly, she provides valuable information and guidance for navigating the complex and often troublesome guru-disciple relationship. She diligently describes and documents the pitfalls that both students and teachers fall into, and gives sage advise on how to avoid the disappointment and disheartenment arising from bad student-teacher relationships.
Caplan also highlights the rewards and importance of having a spiritual guide and she explains her belief that it is almost impossible to become enlightened without a guru’s guidance. Best of all, she gives real world examples based on her own experiences with gurus and draws from interviews from prominent teachers, which are transcribed in the appendix. I highly recommend this book for both teachers and students alike as it is an interesting, informative and fascinating book.