I always assumed that a #guru would be a glowing orb of a person, levitating, materializing and dematerializing on a whim, dropping wisdom nuggets all along their path. That's how the TV, and in some ways my religion, told me it should be.
Reading works by Pema Chodron, Ram Dass, Jack Kornfield and others, and simply from my own life experience, it has slowly dawned on me that the guru is merely another human, doing brilliant and dumb human things on this planet. Simply through their being, knowingly or not, they can help another human #surrender to the way; to become #enlightened , more at #peace , more equanimous. This process is not always beautiful by our earthly standards, but in spirit, it is true perfection.
In the search for the beautiful and the perfect, the true guru is overlooked, discounted, ignored. It may be that anyone we encounter can be a guru in that moment, if we are #mindful .
And if that's the case, perhaps the guru is more about us, and how we relate to others, than the others we revere so much. Perhaps #itsbeenyouthewholetime .