Only when we understand that having a close connection with a Guru is like having a connection with God—the One that created the whole universe—will we have that reverence towards the Guru.
On the other hand, maybe a person doesn’t believe in God, so I will say it another way—when a person understands that a connection with a Guru enhances their life a thousand times more than money does, then immediately they’ll have reverence for the Guru.
Then, you can tell that person to leave the Guru, but they won’t. Their mother or father can say, “I don’t want you to see that person anymore,” but it won’t work. If you offer them a billion dollars not to see their Guru, it won’t work.
Nothing can stop them because they know how it enhances their life. Money is valuable—it puts food on the table. But they know having a connection with a Guru is a thousand times more valuable than money. Then, naturally, they have reverence for the Guru.
Incidentally, it just happens to be that when a person has reverence for a Guru in that way, immediately they have reverence for the whole of life, for every species on the planet, every person.
So if someone loves the Guru in that way, they will love their wife and children in that way as well. They will have that type of reverence, they will value their children and wife a thousand times more than they value money. It just happens to be like that.