Guru or Fraud?
There are gurus out there--people who are wise and honest who will allow you to rise spiritually. But how can you tell real from phoney?
1. A real teacher will not call himself a teacher. He or she may seem reluctant to answer your questions, because this person understands the answers may not bring only the joy or power you seek, but other problems and feelings as well.
2.A real teacher will not make you leave your friends and family behind for more than a few days at a time.You probably will need to take a more extended journey--but that will be up to you to decide you are ready.
3. A real teacher will not tell you what is real, and what is a joke. He may be joking with you the whole time, but the meanings are up to you.
4. He or she will not ask you for extraordinary amounts of money.If he or she is a leader in an organized group, or is devoting his time to you only, you will have to pay for his time, of course, but a) if he's spiritual, he will not need that much in the way of comforts, and b) making you poor is not his true mission
5. You may have many spiritual guides in your life. They may take many forms--a parent, sibling, co-worker, friend, therapist or doctor--anyone. You will know that you are guided spiritually by these people because you can't stop coming to them with your thoughts and ideas and questions, and while you may not always like the answers, revelations will come to you from within. That's right. They are not really going to tell you how the Universe works, or anything like that. They are going to help you figure it out for yourself.
Gurdjieff wrote some great books, but he really was kind of a dick, man.