In recent years, the traditional and time-honored role of the Guru, or spiritual mentor, has suffered an enormous loss in prestige. No longer considered to be the authorities on matters of the soul and even on matters of character that they once were, in the modern spiritual arena the very concept of spiritual "Master" has come under increasing attack. But what is the relationship with a truly awakened spiritual teacher all about? And why does the arrival of a genuine spiritual authority at any time and place seem to arouse such profound controversy? In this remarkable book, Andrew Cohen describes the breathtaking potential inherent in relationship with a true spiritual Master, and speaks out In Defense of the Guru Principle.