What would it take to become a guru (by guru I mean someone who knows there stuff, someone with great knowledge)? Could I become one in ten years? A quarter-century? Or would it take a lifetime? And where does one apply to become a guru? And once you’re one, do you know you’re one? Are there gurus who don’t know they’re gurus? And once you’re a guru can you ever lose that status? Where do these gurus get their knowledge?
I’m just asking because there are a lot of people claiming to be gurus, claiming to have some great secretive knowledge about things, sometimes it’s jiu-jitsu knowledge, or life-after-death knowledge or spiritual knowledge or health knowledge and sometimes I think the supposed guru doesn’t know what the hell they’re talking about. It would be nice to have a guru detector, a little device that would beep when a real guru was in our presence. For now I guess we’ll just have to use our gut. My gut tells me lots of things, and sometimes it can tell me the difference between a guru and a charlatan.
While surfing the net I see a lot of want-to-be gurus, especially jiu-jitsu want-to-be gurus and I don’t like it—my gut gets upset. I watch a technique on you tube, or I read an article and sometimes I think, this guy is full of shit (sometimes I see some pretty enlightening stuff, but it’s rare).
So, I guess we will have to use our guts to detect the non-gurus and start building our own knowledge so that we can become gurus ourselves.