Man has no time in his short lifespan to study and learn and practice innumerable intricate philosophies or techniques, and stumble from pillar to post seeking the unknown. Of our limited years, the first 25 or so are spent in studies, learning a little bit of a small, specialised field. The next 25 years are wasted in chasing money, in the name of one's spouse and children. When one is retired and unable to work, where is the time to do all the Sadhana (effort,penance), towards the elusive 'Self-realization' ? If then one starts wandering, where can peace be found?
Techniques, practices and philosophies are not of much use to man. First one should realize the greatness of humanity. One must realize that the true goal of human life is 'Happiness'. And happiness dwells within one's very own Self. Once this is known and one remains firm in striving towards it, the goal shall surely be achieved.
In the turbulent waves tossing man about in the ocean of worldly existence, the Guru's feet are the only refuge, guaranteeing solace, peace and liberation.