GURU

Is it appropriate for a devotee to seek guidance from a Guru about materialistic things? Should a devotee confine my relationship with a Guru to only spiritual aspects? Sometimes I feel guilty for seeking guidance from my Guru in materialistic aspects.

Guru and God are no different. From whom else can you seek guidance if not Him? So don’t feel guilty for it. There is nothing wrong as long as your Guru doesn’t feel otherwise.

Can you kindly tell me what characteristics should a Sadguru’s sincere disciple possess?

A sincere disciple will have an unshakable love for his Master. Apart from this unique quality, he should possess all the other virtues of any disciple.

I read that a Uttama Guru gets all the sins from His devotees the moment He blesses them. Is there anything that a devotee can do on his behalf to reduce Guru’s sufferings?

The only act a true devotee can do is to chant Nama to express the gratitude to the Guru for the grace showered on the devotee.

What is the best offering that I can give to my Guru Maharaj?

The best offering that a child can give to his/her parents is being obedient and loving.
The best offering that a student can give to a teacher is being a performer with character.
The best offering that a citizen can give to his country, is being useful to the country in all ways and means.
The best offering that a doctor can give to his patient is providing the right medicine at the right time
The best offering that a friend can give to his friend is helping him in times of need
The best offering that a couple can give each other is perfect mutual understanding
The best offering that an artist can be given is the recognition of his merit and skill
The best offering that a devotee can give to God is unbounded love for Him
The best offering that a disciple can give to the Guru is realizing that nothing else can equal his grace.

Which among the following is the easiest way for liberation? Guru Bhakti, Bhagavat Bhakti or building and renovating temples?

If you get a proper Guru (‘Uttama Guru’), then Guru Bhakti is the easiest way
Here are a few of numerous reasons why such a Guru Bhakti is supreme:
You can see your Guru as you see anyone else.
You can talk to your Guru as you talk to anyone else
The Guru is easily approachable
The Guru can get his ideas clearly across to you
The Guru will battle with you to make you good
God Himself says that its verily God who comes in the form of the Guru to liberate masses.
The Guru never expects anything else from you but for your love
You can visit his place and enjoy bliss and peace
The Guru can visit your place too.
The Guru will never destroy or curse anybody (even God could kill a Kamsa or a Ravana, but the Guru’s compassion is boundless)
Instead of cursing bad people, the Guru will transform them to godliness
The Guru will remove your obstacles in the divine path — both internal and external.
The Guru is the only person in the world who can do something good to you without any reason
The very sight of your Guru will help you develop your faith in God.
Scriptures say that your Soul, God and the Guru are one and the same.

I want to know how many Satgurus can one have in his life?

There can be only one Guru for a person.

Great Mahans speak a lot about surrendering oneself to a perfect Guru; to someone who can accept the surrender and not run away, but stand and protect him. How important is the choice of the right Guru, especially in this Kali Yuga? How does one identify the right Guru?

Let us assume that someone wishes to do a particular task very badly and needs help. His dearest friend who is alongside is not in a position to help him do that task because of various reasons. What would the ideal friend do? Would he not put his friend in touch with someone capable and ready to help him out?
In the same way, if you are really in dire need of a Guru and sincerely long for one, the most lovable Lord Krishna will put you in touch with a Uttama Guru who can quench your thirst. You do not need to identify a guru yourself. If the longing is real, deep inside your heart, the Guru will identify you by himself. This is true for any Yuga.

When can I see my Guru, who can bless and show me a way to live? How to come over my sorrows and be blessed?

You will get a Uttama Guru some day. Until you find a Guru to your satisfaction, take Bhagavan Sri Krishna as your Guru. He is verily the Jagadguru (the Universal Master). With Sri Krishna as your Guru, continue to chant the Maha Mantra regularly. If you continue on this path, you will have a new life ahead of you.

Can one get salvation only though a Sadguru who is present in physical body?

That is not the only way. But it is one of the easier paths.

Who is a perfect Guru?

A perfect Guru is one who has seen God and helps you reach Him.