Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh! One thing that many people must realize is that without Gur-Prassad or the Grace of the Guru, is that not a single person can be free without Guru Sahib. This theme is highly repeated throughout the history of the Sikh faith, throughout all of the Gurus eras on both Sach Khand as well as Earth. Gurbani says very highly on the grace of the true Guru. Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji says this:
"ਭਾਈ ਰੇ ਤਨੁ ਧਨੁ ਸਾਥਿ ਨ ਹੋਇ ॥
भाई रे तनु धनु साथि न होइ ॥
Bẖā▫ī re ṯan ḏẖan sāth na ho▫e.
O Siblings of Destiny, this body and wealth shall not go along with you.
ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਨੁ ਨਿਰਮਲੋ ਗੁਰੁ ਦਾਤਿ ਕਰੇ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਸੋਇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
राम नामु धनु निरमलो गुरु दाति करे प्रभु सोइ ॥१॥ रहाउ ॥
Rām nām ḏẖan nirmalo gur ḏāṯ kare parabẖ so▫e. ||1|| rahā▫o.
The Lord's Name is the pure wealth; through the Guru, God bestows this gift. ||1||Pause||
ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਨੁ ਨਿਰਮਲੋ ਜੇ ਦੇਵੈ ਦੇਵਣਹਾਰੁ ॥
राम नामु धनु निरमलो जे देवै देवणहारु ॥
Rām nām ḏẖan nirmalo je ḏevai ḏevaṇhār.
The Lord's Name is the pure wealth; it is given only by the Giver.
ਆਗੈ ਪੂਛ ਨ ਹੋਵਈ ਜਿਸੁ ਬੇਲੀ ਗੁਰੁ ਕਰਤਾਰੁ ॥
आगै पूछ न होवई जिसु बेली गुरु करतारु ॥
Āgai pūcẖẖ na hova▫ī jis belī gur karṯār.
One who has the Guru, the Creator, as his Friend, shall not be questioned hereafter.
ਆਪਿ ਛਡਾਏ ਛੁਟੀਐ ਆਪੇ ਬਖਸਣਹਾਰੁ ॥੨॥
आपि छडाए छुटीऐ आपे बखसणहारु ॥२॥
Āp cẖẖadā▫e cẖẖutī▫ai āpe bakẖsaṇhār. ||2||
He Himself delivers those who are delivered. He Himself is the Forgiver. ||2||" (Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Ang 62).
Knowing this we can understand the importance of life with the Guru. Despite our shortcomings, we always have the Guru to turn to. Vaheguru may hopefully bless us with the chance to become free from Karma and our sins and finally fall to the Guru, (forgive me as I don't have much knowledge for this topic, all I can say is hopefully allowing Guru Sahib to bless me and everyone with more knowledge on this issue).