The word krupa has been derived from the Sanskrit word ‘krup’ which means to be compassionate. Krupa denotes compassion, initiation or a blessing. Accordingly, Gurukrupayoga is the spiritual path where through Guru’s grace, the embodied soul is united with God.
The most important advantage of following the path of Guru’s grace is the time taken to grow spiritually. By serving a Guru’s mission of spreading Spirituality a seeker acquires His grace and makes rapid spiritual progress. While there is no worldly achievement that can compare to acquiring a Guru’s grace, the following example will help in understanding the spirit of the previous sentence. Imagine a student who is poor, but by sheer hard work catches the eye of a billionaire who then gives him a scholarship to a top university and takes care of his future career prospects. Just as that student gets saved from years of slowly climbing up the corporate ladder, so also a seeker of God who earns the grace of a Guru bypasses years of spiritual practice in any other spiritual path.
With spiritual practice through any other path, one makes progress on average at the rate of 0.25% per year. If one undertakes spiritual practice as advised by the Guru, then one can progress up to 2-3 % annually. If a disciple is able to acquire the grace of the Guru, then spiritual progress of even 5-8% per year is possible.
There is a well known saying in Sanskrit: ‘Gurukrupa he kevalam shishyaparammangalam’. It means that only by the grace of the Guru can the disciple attain his ultimate benefaction, that is spiritual progress.
It is impossible to reach the level of a Saint (i.e. the 70% spiritual level) and dissolve one’s mind and intellect unless one has the grace of a Guru.
No matter what spiritual path one follows other than the path of Guru’s Grace no path can completely purify the mental body (manodēha), causal body (kāraṇdēha) and supracausal body (mahākāraṇdēha). Consequently, none of these paths have the capacity to make one attain the final liberation (Moksha).
Other spiritual paths such as the path of action (Karmayoga), path of knowledge (Dnyānyoga) and path of devotion (Bhaktiyoga) are significant in a seeker’s life only till one is blessed by a Guru. Since the disciple undertakes only the spiritual practice as advised by the Guru thereafter, only the path of Guru’s grace remains. All paths to God finally culminate in a seeker acquiring the grace of a Guru to finally merge into God.