Over the years as the East has met the West there has been an influx of spiritual teachings from Eastern religions and thought. With this emergence, the idea of a guru has become more and more commonplace in our language and culture. And, it has predominantly been the Eastern gurus that have introduced to the West the ideas of enlightenment, self-realization, meditation and zen living.
Likewise, many have followed the guidance of a guru in order to take a faster track towards enlightenment. Appropriately so, the Sanskrit word guru means that which dispels darkness.
When you imagine a guru, you may think of an 87-year old, bearded man with a thick accent. But, your guru may look very different. Your guru may be your yoga instructor, therapist, minister, healer, your dog, or even a non-physical angel or guide. For a time, my guru was my home. It taught me how to sell a home using feng shui during the house market crash.
Either way, it is those people, or perhaps, situations that have helped us along our journey of dispelling the dark to find the light. But, there comes a time when we simply outgrow our guru.