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The spiritual journey is perhaps the most personal experience of our livesbut does that mean we have to go it alone? With The Guru Question award-winning author Mariana Caplan brings you a unique and much-needed guide for deciding whether you need a dedicated mentor to help illuminate your path to awakeningand if so how to navigate the deep complexities of the guru-disciple relationship. For those seeking a teacher worthy of their trust and devotion or anyone who has been frustrated by their experiences with a spiritual teacher Caplan offers candid practical and daringly personal examination of the student-teacher dynamic including: Are you ready to be a student? If and when you should consider making a commitment to a spiritual teacher The path of the conscious learnerhow to retain your power and autonomy while accepting a mentor's authority Tips for the wounded seekerthe valuable lessons we learn from our encounters with false teachers Spiritual scandals and predatory gurusguidance for avoiding the inherent pitfalls in the student-teacher relationship How to recognize the inner light of divinity as it manifests in the imperfect human guise of your teacherand yourself In a time when a distrust of authority has been proven to be a healthy trait we tend to be justifiably suspicious of those who present themselves as gurus and spiritual masters. Drawing upon her knowledge as both a scholar of mysticism and lifelong practitioner of spiritual traditions Mariana Caplan helps readers develop the discernment that is crucial when seeking an authentic teacherand reveals the immeasurable rewards that can come from having a trustworthy guide on the spiritual path.

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