We have the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Puranas, Bhagavad Gita, etc., which are like our Guru. Why then do we need a separate Guru?
Guru is one who has seen and experienced God. Guru transmits spiritual energy to the disciple through touch – ‘deeksha’. Through ‘deeksha’ the Guru transmits divine energy to the disciple, thereby activating the Mooladhara Chakra and awakening the Kundalini Shakti in the Mooladhara Chakra. A living Guru is a must for he alone can perform this action and lead the disciple through a worthy spiritual life. Our scriptures or holy books cannot do this. After a Guru’s death, the disciple must go to a living Guru for further spiritual gain. Knowledge of scriptures can be transformed into wisdom through continuous spiritual practices, as directed by a living Guru. This cannot be achieved by the scriptures or by the Guru who has already left the body. Hence, we need a Living Guru