Guroh-parataram nasti tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.”
Salutations are to that glorious Guru who is the very beginning of the Universe, yet who is eternal without a beginning, who is the supreme Divine and to whom there is none superior.
“Na Guror-adhikam tattvam na Guror-adhikam tapah
Tattva-gyanat-param nasti tasmai Shri Gurave Namah”
There is no higher truth than the Guru, no higher penance than (service to) the Guru, and there is nothing higher than Realisation of the Knowledge of the truth imparted by the Guru. My salutations to that glorious Guru, who is himself that very timeless truth (and who has taken up a form to bless his disciples like us with real knowledge).
M.: Who is a Master? He is the Self after all. According to the stages of the development of the mind the Self manifests as the Master externally. The famous ancient saint Avadhuta said that he had more than 24 Masters. The Master is one from whom one learns anything. The Guru may be sometimes inanimate also, as in the case of Avadhuta. God, Guru and the Self are identical.
A spiritual-minded man thinks that God is all-pervading and takes God for his Guru. Later, God brings him in contact with a personal Guru and the man recognises him as all in all. Lastly the same man is made by the grace of the Master to feel that his Self is the Reality and nothing else. Thus he finds that the Self is the Master.
~ Ramana Maharshi, Talk 23
Satguru is within your own Self and nowhere else.
Your Satguru dwells in your Heart
and in the Heart of all Beings.
Since you don’t understand his language,
by Grace he takes a form to point you Within.
The Maharshi often would say,
‘The Real Guru is Within.’