Tossed about on a turbulent ocean of repeated birth and death
The embodied eternal being is lost in a forest fire which is material existence.
The spirit soul that is embodied within a suit of flesh and blood has certain defects,
which prevent them from finding the way out of the blazing fire.
These defects are four in number:
The tendency to make mistakes- who can say that they have not erred?
we repeatedly make errors--why because our sense perceptions are often imperfect.
The sense are imperfect-- we see only so far hear only .....so much
If given opportunity we tend to cheat others.
We all cheat. When opportunity comes
And we tend towards illusion.
Because of these defects we need guidance from a living tangible being who can help us
and can see through understanding and revealed lines of Knowledge how to get out of the maze we find ourselves in.
We call them teachers or gurus.
They are not invisible imaginary spirits but are real living people.
There is inner guides also but this inner guide must ring true with the outer guide.
The inner guide represents the outer teacher and is called the chaitya guru- the guru within.
When you do something that is wrong or bad you can experience this guide from within.
Your heart starts pounding and you sweat you get physical signs and warnings.
Listen to them ,they are not accidental.
Now the outer teacher you might not like to listen to but your inner teacher is always there directing your wanderings.
We can have many outer teachers but listen most to the ones that ring true to our own heart.