When the excess of guru-worship and priestliness became too prevalent in India, Buddha tried to reproclaim the truth and to counterbalance the superstition. He taught in many places, said on many occasions, "No one saves us but ourselves; no one can and no one may. Each alone must tread the path." In our own time we hear echoes of these beliefs that Buddha tried to reform.
-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest > Chapter 3: Independent Path > # 279