Recognising a Perfect Master
It is not easy to recognise a Perfect Master. We can do so to a certain extent by the signs on his body, his way of life, and the spirituality gained from him. Some facts about these points are briefly given below.
He is always kind and treats all alike. He is free from prejudice and enmity. He is unaffected by praise or slander.
The Master is always merciful; we reap the harvest of our karmas, but His gracious look alleviates pain. He reveals Himself according to the measure of our faith.
Sorath M3, 602-6
Great indeed is the Satguru; He is the True Being. Great indeed is the Satguru; He is without enmity. Praise and slander are the same to Him.
Shalok M4, 1421-9