I read this early this morning and felt I should post it:
We say Love is God or God is Love, and we have to love each other and so on, but it is a mental concept, is it not so? Do we really know that God is love and love is God, do we really love each other? One needs only to look around to see how little understanding there is and that we are far from loving each other. You say the Grace of God is needed, but grace works through the Guru(teacher). It is he who helps you effortlessly to Realization. After a certain realization then some effort is needed. You may say and what about those millions of people will never find a Guru (Teacher), But one could ask do THEY WANT a Guru?
The Soul of man comes into manifestation to have certain experiences. We get so deluded by them; we are covered by so many sheaths of all kinds of delusions. IIf they are satisfied with them they will never want a Guru. But if you have lit the lamp as is said in the Scriptures, if you want a teacher as soon as he is ready he will be there for you. I told you before, it is the Law and it works on all the Levels right through from the lowest to the highest. When we call out the response will be. The words of the Upanishad hold true always; it is like putting spiritual life into a nutshell
“If you want truth as badly as a drowning man wants air, You will realize it in a moment.
But Deluded as we are, who wants truth as badly as that. That is why the teacher is needed.
-Taken from Daughter of Fire by Irina Tweedie- A Diary of a Spiritual Training with a Sufi Master