Qualities and duties of a guru; Mental illness

A cyberspace devotee in Texas wonders what are the duties and qualities of a guru. Gurudeva says that by looking at those around the guru one can discern the qualities of the guru as they reflect the inner qualities of the guru. Another cyber devotee wonders if someone develops mental illness can they be cured in this lifetime or do they need to be reborn. Gurudeva says that from a Hindu perspective there is no such thing as a mental illness. With a firm philosophical background we see things as the way they are not as we want them to be.

Photo of  Gurudeva
Seeing the mind in its totality convinces the seeker that he is something else, he is the witness who observes the mind and cannot, therefore, be the mind itself. Then we realize that the mind in its superconsciousness is pure.
—Gurudeva