People think by a blind devotion and unquestioning obedience to Guru and by surrendering to Guru they get enlightenment.
They lose the independent thinking power, time, effort and their hard-earned savings in the hope of realizing God. People are emotionally vulnerable and “brainwashed and psychologically seduced,” by the myth propagated by the belief system,
The seeker of truth must be “too smart” to ever fall into the trap of the religious propagated myth.
The so-called enlightened Gurus who promise instant enlightenment for money are not Gnanis. The seeker of truth has to be very careful if he is seeking truth nothing but the truth.
Everyone pursuing or thinking of pursuing the path of wisdom need not fall into the trap of physical Guru. Devotion to physical Guru is the devotional path not the path of wisdom. Religious people follow the path of Bhakti and yogic path. The path of wisdom is only for those who are serious in their quest of truth. Without an intense urge it is difficult to tread the path of wisdom.
So many scandals of the fake Gurus are exposed in recent times. The darker side of modern Gurudom of fake Gurus and yogis so embarrassing~ sometimes vicious or criminal~ reports which they prefer to hide.
If one is seeking truth, nothing but the truth, then he has to keep in mind, the truth cannot be bought in the spiritual supermarket.
There is no need to walk in the mountains in search of the truth. There is no need to meet any Gurus. There is no need to renounce family life. There is no need to study the scriptures. There is no need for glorifying the Gurus. There is no need to spend the fortune to please the Gurus. Going to the mountains, searching for a Guru, renouncing the family life, studying the scriptures, glorifying the personal Gods and Gurus are the greatest obstacle in the path of wisdom.
One need not be a monk, a sanyasi or swami to acquire Self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana. Religious rituals scriptural mastery, are not a qualification to acquire Self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana. Monkhood and sanyasa are a greatest obstacle in the truth realization, which is beyond the form, time and the space.
Guru, Swami, Yogi, Sadhu, and Avatar belongs to religious paths. Religious paths are path meant for ignorant who blindly accept their experience the birth, life, death and the world as a reality because the universe is the product of ignorance.
When wisdom dawns then the unreal nature of the world in which you exist is exposed. Thus, whatever experiences takes place within the world in which you exist is bound to be a falsehood.
The Guru, Swami, Yogi, Sadhu, and Avatara nothing to do with the ultimate truth or Brahman because they are based on the false Self (ego), and false experience (waking). The Path of wisdom is only for those who are seriously in search ultimate truth or Brahman. Self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana is the knowledge of the truth, which is beyond the form, time, and space.