|In the 27th verse, Sri Sankara said:
Sing the Gita, and the thousand names of
Continuously meditate on Lakshmi's Lord;
Turn the mind to the company of the good;
Give away your wealth to the needy.
"Put your faith in the Guru; your
whole faith; you will be freed from the cares of birth and death,"
says Sri Sankara. It is not possible these
days for everybody to receive instruction from a guru in person. The practice of being
directly instructed by a guru has almost ceased. But howsoever enlightenment is acquired,
it comes only from a guru. A book may serve as a guru; even the sight of a temple tower
may be the occasion for the dawn of the spirit, and the tower itself then becomes the
guru. An elephant - faced form, or the figure of Hanuman carved on stone, or any form or
symbol may help to bring about the beginning of true, knowledge. Thus anything may serve
as a guru. If we strive earnestly with devotion to it, surely we will obtain liberation.