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Sri Ramakrishna once said: "A man who himself approaches God with deep longing for Him, and earnest prayer, will find Him even if he has no guru." When asked why a teacher was necessary at all, he replied, "Very few people have this deep yearning and therefore the guru is necessary for them." By this he meant that the teacher inspires and encourages seekers of God not to give up when the going is difficult, but to stick to the Quest, regardless of the many long years it inevitably takes.

-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest > Chapter 6: Student-Teacher > # 68

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