Mere worshipping our saints, Gurus and great men without trying to follow in their footsteps won’t help us. No Guru will give us the nectar unless we love and serve him unless we are devoted to him and unless we try our best to be what he is with unconditional and cheerful self-surrender.
It is not that the saints are any the less merciful, but there are limitations beyond which the Eternal Divine Law does not permit the results to accrue. One unit can be multiplied to be 100 units, but a zero remains a zero however great the multiplier may be.
The difference between a Saint and a Guru must constantly be before mind of spiritual aspirant. A Guru is one who guides you in every detail of your living in the religious realm, one in whom you can confide , one to whom you surrender yourself withe confession of all the facts and defects of your life and living .
Hold on to your God and hold on to your Guru, with the tightest grip, come what may, start your spiritual improvement from the very first alphabet. Even go back if you find a single element of yours unripe .
In the end the tortoise will beat the hare and will win the race.