I had the same thoughts as you TM!
It is only in the last two episodes of this show that I have started feeling the guru is behaving like a guru! The way he motivated Pratap in ME was ideally what a true guru ought to do.
I know gurus were strict and pushed their disciples to extreme limits to make them tougher and to teach them to deal with any kind of situations. But this guru was rarely shown himself teaching and training disciples.
Or saying a word of gyan or motivation! Rather he was hell bent on punishing them and deconstructing their self concept!
Probably, who knows? The strategy to deconstruct disciples' sense of self was there to make way for new person that was to be shaped and moulded by the guru.
All that was shown till now was guru looking sternly at others and breathing fire at everyone be it disciples or their parents or his own sevaks and assistants!
I hope he is shown in a better light from now on, especially now that he has identified Pratap's weaknesses and the difficult circumstances around him (with everyone conspiring against him).