Of course a living Guru is not always or strictly necessary, but if one is needed, Grace, out of compassion, will send one to the aspirant at the right time. The Inner Sat Guru in the spiritual heart will always serve… in any event, he will direct the Sadhana if one surrenders to ‘That’. But for those looking for a living Guru, they may like to read this discourse by Amritananada Ma for guidance. (Alan Jacobs)
"Today our attention is mainly on external things; so we hardly ever look inward.
Even when we have a spiritual goal, the mind slips away from it due to the pressure of our vasanas or latent tendencies. To control such a mind, a Sadguru is essential. But after a certain stage, no help is needed for the guru within is awakened…