Sri Guru is not exclusively the same as the Supreme Lord Himself, but he fully represents the essence of the whole normal potency and embodies the most comprehensive and excellent service and favor of the Lord.
As he is the fittest servitor of the Lord, he is empowered by the Lord to reinstate all misguided souls to their best interest. So, guru is the divine messenger of immortal hope and joy in this mortal and miserable world.
— His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev Goswami Maharaj ji
submitted by Bhakti Vichar Vishnu Maharaja