Guru or Spiritual Master: Need for Guru

                                                                  Q. I have a question related to the chariot analogy of the living entity. In the Katha Upanishad a description is given of a chariot drawn by 5 horses representing the senses, the mind the reins, the charioteer the intelligence and the passenger the soul.

                                                                  My understanding is that as long as the soul/passenger is asleep, the living entity is conditioned, as he has no proper direction and undergoes repeated "birth and death" in the material world.

                                                                  Q. 1. How do I make sure that my gratitude for my spiritual master and those guiding me day-by-day in my spiritual life keeps on increasing, and does not become interrupted?

                                                                  Below is an answer I gave to a similar question asked by someone else about hearing from a single source.

                                                                  Digest 227

                                                                  Q. What does the phrase "simple living and high thinking" mean?

                                                                  One who understands the purpose of life can simplify his life so as to direct all his energies and endeavors towards fulfilling that purpose. All human endeavors are meant to be purposefully directed according to scriptural codes. When we do this, one's needs are minimized to those possessions, facilities, information and situations essential towards this end, thus one's life automatically becomes simplified.