Religion and yoga needs guru. In pursuit of truth there is no need of guru. A Gnani is a true guide in pursuit of truth. A Gnani is a spiritual guide and never accepts himself as guru, teacher or master, nor does he accept anyone as his disciple. Religious and yogic gurus are based on the 'I' or ego as self, and conceptual god as reality. But Gnani bases on the soul as self.
The religious and yogic gurus direct the seeker into ego based paths like devotion, karma, wisdom and yoga. Whereas a Gnani directs the seeker to focus his attention the source from where the mind rises and subsides.
Religious and yogic gurus declare that god as ultimate reality. God is first and “Self” is secondary in religion and yoga. Religion declares conceptual gods heaven and hell, birth life and death, rebirth, karma, paradise sin, evil, as reality.
A Gnani says whatever is seen, known, believed, experienced as real is unreal on the base true self which is the soul.
A Gnani never condemns religion or any religious gurus but respect them and he will not impose his idea or try to convert others to his fold.
A Gnani never accept himself as guru but says to fellow the seeker to accept the true self as their guru because he is fully aware of the fact that the self that, the soul alone exists in reality, there is no second thing other then the soul, which is in the form of spirit. The experience of duality is mere mirage on the standpoint of the soul, which is the true self.
Soul or consciousness is the formless substance and witness of the mind/ duality, thus there is no second thing other then non-dual self, which is spirit or soul. Therefore, there is no teacher, no teaching and no disciple because the physical existence is mere illusion on the standpoint of the formless soul, the innermost self.