How can I recognise a true Spiritual Master?

A teacher helps you to learn. A master helps you to unlearn.

The Master does not necessarily meet our expectations. Why should he? He is not limited by our expectations.

In eastern as well as western art spiritual masters have traditionally been painted or sculpted to look beautiful. Art may differ from reality. Art is symbolic. The beauty it seeks to express is an inner beauty. A master may or may not be physical attractive according to the aesthetic views of our times.

Art has also presented masters in an androgynous form, a beautiful harmony of male and female. Without doubt, masters are androgynous in nature, if not in appearance.

We judge masters in our own terms. Has the Master a doctorate? Did the Master grow up in a Brahmin family? Can he speak Sanskrit, Latin, or Hebrew? Is he Indian?

You may not recognise a Master from his appearance but from his bearing and his communication with people. In his eyes all are equal; he has no special preferences and shows no bias towards those of a privileged economic background, social or religious background or gender. 

A true Master is not afraid to make himself unpopular. With a good teacher, a sincere student learns. With a great master, a sincere student unlearns!

You will learn about the nature of the world from a teacher. But with a Master you will unlearn everything you have learned and uncover the true nature of the Self.