One thing he said struck me and I thought I’d repeat it. He said, “In the six thousand year history of Hindu spirituality, there does not exist even one line that advocated not having a guru. That is, the guru/student relationship was central to spiritual transmission.
I would add that this is also true of the 2,500 year history of Buddhism, from the original Theravadin quest for Arhathood, to all the schools that emphasized emptiness, to Zen. The teacher/student relationship was central to the transmission of wisdom.
Swami made this statement because of all the contemporary massive movement and disparagement of the guru/student relationship by the neo-Advaitins and the anti-authoritarian movements in society where there is such distrust of authority because of the corruption in both government and industry such that few can really surrender to a teacher or even another human. Such fear. Westerners are totally frightened of this kind of surrender and love.
Others were so burned by love of the guru or another that they run far away and begin preaching to all that no guru is needed, just look to oneself. They forget to mention that they came to the Self through love of a guru.