In this world of phenomena there are no such things as perfect institutions since there are no perfect individuals. We have to accept things as they are. Both strong and weak points are to be found everywhere and we have to choose that institution which has more good than bad and it can help us also to improve ourselves.
Self-help is the best of all helps but it need not be egocentric. Swami Brahmananda Ji used to tell us ‘let your mind be your guru. ‘This means that it should be pure enough to come in contact with the guru of all gurus dwelling within us. This is the best advice I can give.
Our Karma has to be worked out and this means suffering and pain for us. But a true aspirant is glad that these come to him for this always means that so much of his bad Karma has been exhausted.