Thousands of Gurus and Masters appear at different places in the world at different times throughout history. God manifests through diversity and hence the message of these great men and women is usually aimed at saving other beings who are lost in confusion regarding the True Religion.
The nature of all human beings is to be innately religious; everything we conceive of conventional religion is usually mostly wrong for the simple reason that methods and approaches to attain the ultimate awakening are usually corrupted so much over the years that it becomes impossible to recognize the Truth after many hundreds of years have elapsed.
A Guru does not make the decision to be a Guru but, rather, he is such by nature. That said, many such individuals usually have to tolerate much drama from the learners of Awareness. It is a common case of a Master to be poisoned. Devadatta attempted to assassinate the Buddha yet he was his disciple. Judas betrayed Jesus, an action that led to his crucifixion. The examples are innumerable not only in terms of poisoning but also in terms of slander, misunderstanding and abandonment. But the good side is that even the most awakened man or woman does not completely become free of the immutable law of cause-and-effect.
The story below is aimed at providing a glimpse of the idea above, though a monk is in no way a Guru but provides a much-needed reflection of the essence of the psychology of religion and the doctrine of Grace and humility.
TWO MONKS were washing their bowls in the river when they noticed a scorpion that was drowning.
One monk immediately scooped it up and set it upon the bank. In the process he was stung. He went back to washing his bowl and again the scorpion fell in. The monk saved the scorpion and was again stung. The other monk asked him, “Friend, why do you continue to save the scorpion when you know it’s nature is to sting?”
“Because,” the monk replied, “to save it is my nature.”