For a beginner in the spiritual path, a Guru is necessary. To light a candle, you need a burning candle. Even so, an illumined soul alone can enlighten another soul. Some do meditation for some years independently. Later on, they actually feel the necessity of a Guru, They come across some obstacles in the way. They are unable to know how to obviate these impediments or stumbling blocks. Then they begin to search for a Master.
358. The water becomes calm - Sri Anandamayi Ma
"Water inside a pitcher noisily moves to and fro when the pitcher is disturbed. But as soon as the pitcher is placed in a position of equilibrium, the water becomes calm. Similarly, sit for long in a steadfast posture with your mind concentrated on one fixed thought or aim, the restlessness of your mind will be slowly subdued."
"Change is always subjective. To talk of evil and misery is nonsense, because they do not exist outside. If I am immune from all anger, I never feel angry. If am immune from all hatred, I never feel hatred."
"In every walk of life and at all moments, we must accept and use the ever-changing challenges, and while consciously meeting them train ourselves to become stronger individuals, with greater mastery over ourselves and over the outer world. This mindful way of living consciously, struggling to improve ourselves from moment-to-moment in our bodily strength, in our heart’s emotions, and in our intellectual capacities is the true religion, which transports even a base individual from his earthbound sorrows into the joys and perfection of a Realised sage."
"Life is a great struggle. Face the difficulties bravely. Have full trust in God and repeat His Name always. You will be peaceful and strong. Everything happens as God wills. Rely on God and be peaceful. Lord is your refuge, your fortress. The eye of devotion sees God and God alone in all things. God can be seen by the seers by keen and one pointed intuition. Intuition sees God. Reason gives the logical proofs. The Vision of God is a gift of God."