Due to this faith that he developed on his Guru, the boy studied well and he acquired mastery in mathematics. Only then the boy realized that not only did his master know the hundred table, but that he was a master in this entire subject. He also realized that hundredth table is just one small drop in the entire vast subject.
Just like the boy in the story, we too lack the ability to identify our Spiritual Guru. Likewise seeing certain traits and abilities in the Guru, hearing the opinions of certain people who are on this path, the Guru is selected by the devotee.
Here too there are certain difficulties. Going by the external grandeur exhibited, miracles displayed or oratory skills demonstrated or publicity attained, people get misled. They are cheated. They will think- “O my God, look at the publicity, look at the following or look at the money involved” and thus they get influenced by it.
What then is the right method to be adopted in finding a Guru? To answer this, let us know the reason why we wanted a Guru in the first place. To procure that light which has no shade and to fulfill the 3 basic desires we wanted a Guru in the first place.
Towards this there should be an endless burning desire. To achieve this, we should visit great souls. While doing so, at one place for no apparent reason, the mind will experience great calmness and peace. Only when the burning desire exists in the heart, will such experience occur!
In other words, absolute dedication (shraddha) and devotion (bhakti) should be strong in the person. If they truly exist then, you will find your Guru one day or the other in this lifetime.
While seeing the surroundings at this place, when experiencing the tremendous energy that pervades the place we experience a great stillness and peace of mind. An unexplainable happiness and bliss will envelop the mind. The confidence that all our problems will be resolved at this place and that all our fears will be dispelled here will arise in the mind.