Devotion to a teacher has the capacity to roughly cut out into shape the inner equipment but the final polish can be given to the heart only through the finer love for the Lord Himself. Constant meditation and contemplation upon the Self is the final gateway to the Self-realisation – where alone is real Shanti and peace. Guru-Bhakti is the means and not the end. You should not mistake the means for the end.
– Excerpt from a letter to a devotee