It seems like the guru's rule of no Earthly attachments (or not loving anyone) was only valid at the end of book 2. Past avatars, like Roku and Kuruk, were both fully capable of entering the Avatar State while being in love. Aang himself masters the Avatar State while loving Katara, as shown in the Legend of Korra and even more so in the comics. The guru clearly said the Avatar State is impossible as long as there is an Earthly attachment. Was he really saying that the Avatar needs to learn how to "switch off" love temporarily in order to enter the Avatar State?


Earthly attachment is not about loving anyone; actually loving someone is not earthly at all.

Earthly attachments are about material attachments: Selfishness, pride, etc.

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  • I think the show was pretty strongly implying that loving someone is the basis of "earthly attachment". – tphilli May 24 '18 at 0:19
  • @tphilli you are wrong in assuming that, specially seeing as loving is a requisite to open the fourth chackra. – Renan May 25 '18 at 18:48
  • @tphilli loving isn't the attachment. Aang not being willing to let her go is the attachment. – Bernard the Bear May 31 '18 at 11:35
  • This answer could be improved by going into it a little more; adding some information from these comments above mine would be a good way to start. – NathanS Aug 21 '19 at 8:43
  • the guru is guru lahiema lol – xpert Dec 11 '19 at 14:16

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