I Belong to You
Americans fiercely defend the individualism of "I." Perhaps this is why there is such suspicion about the Guru. Many assume that bhakti (devotion) is blind obedience or worship, in which "I" am annihilated.
But relationship with a real Guru is simply love, freely given, freely accepted.
The Guru is neither Deity nor Lord, but Friend. Such blessed friendship is one of the deepest mysteries of human existence: far more profound than the mystery of who "I" am.
The secret is: "I belong to you, you belong to me." The magic is: once ignited by the living Guru, the Guru-Tattva, or Guru principle, is omnipresent. It melts into every possible friendship, even our friendship with a little golden dog.