Before starting Gayatri Sadhana or any spiritual practice, some experienced righteous person should be made Sadhana - guru . It should be ascertained from the Guru which type of Sadhana is appropriate. A patient is not competent to diagnose and treat his own disease. He has to seek the help of some physician. Similarly, a Sadhana - Guru is needed to suggest appropriate Sadhana to rectify drawbacks and solve difficulties.
An accomplished Guru (who had acquired spiritual mastery under the guidance of his own Guru ) is necessary for receiving instruction and direction for accelerating one’s spiritual growth. The spiritual evolution of the soul is a prolonged process continuing through countless cycles of births and deaths. Sought in a hurry, an inexperienced person posing as Guru may do more harm than good to the disciple.
A combination of determination, patience and devotion creates the firm background for spiritual awakening. Earning such merit is true discipleship, after which it takes no time to attain fulfillment. It is the attainment of merit which takes time. No time is taken in finding the Guru . Eklavya’s Dronacharya, prepared out of clay, proved more effective than the real one.