It is said that a guru and their chela are so close that their bond is more like that between a parent and child rather than a teacher and student. The guru takes over from the chela’s parents in developing the inner faculties that the parents bestowed upon them. The guru can be likened to a midwife to the chela’s soul and spiritual life. The chela has an extremely high level of loyalty to the guru and their teachings.
Some say that, in terms of consciousness, the guru and chela are one, rather than two beings. The guru can be considered as the source of spiritual energy, or shakti, and the chela is the one that reveals that shakti. The chela develops their own spirit and consciousness under the influence of the guru until they become Self-realized and achieve enlightenment.
It is said that a chela must surrender to the guru in order to realize unity. For this to happen they must follow the spirit of the guru, behaving and living exactly as the guru does.