”Do not think that Self-realization is a matter for one person to give to another. The very term Self-realization signifies that each one should discover and experience the Self for himself or for herself. The plant, although it may require sunshine for its growth, would grow up only by its inherent strength, aspiration and vitality. All the needed strength is within yourself for reaching the goal of perfection. The grace of saints is like the light of the sun for the plant; and that is ever pouring on you. Keep up this consciousness and grow into the likeness of your immortal Being.”
– Swami Ramdas
This does not mean that a true master or guide is not of great help – in most instances.