Is it alright to listen to many Masters parallely? — Osho
Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Question: I have come across people who have been listening to Osho for a very long time, and they wish to hear some other Master too. But then they feel disloyal towards Osho.
If you go to a Saint and it makes you feel that you are being disloyal to another Saint, then you have understood neither of the two.
The Sikhs have ten Gurus, and being with one of them makes you more eligible, more eager, more open to be with the other ones. That is the thing about really being with a Teacher, a Master, a Saint, whatever.
If you have really-really been with one, then you have been with his Essence, not with his name, or face, or form. And if you have really been with his Essence, that would encourage you to be everywhere. That Essence takes form.
How can you be with Raidas, Saint Raidas, the Bhakti Saint, how can you be Saint Raidas and successfully avoid Kabir Sahib? If you can do that, then you are magically special. If you are with Saint Gorakhnath, you will have to go to Kabir Sahib. If you are with Ravidas Sahib, you will have to go Kabir Sahib.
Where is disloyalty in this?
But if you are talking in those terms, disloyalty etc., then it means that you have not gained closeness even to the one Master, you professed loyalty towards. It means you are not being disloyal when you go to another Teacher, you are already disloyal when you are even with the one Teacher.
What is loyalty to the Teacher? What does the Teacher want from you Some kind of personal association? Some kind of personality worship? If the Teacher is genuine, his intention is to take you to the Essence, not to the name, shape, form, face, colour, whatever.
Osho himself was such a great door. If you have read him, then you know many great Masters he spoke on. In fact, some names would probably have gone obscure had Osho not spoken on them.
That shows the love and authenticity of the Teacher.
He holds your hands and takes you to every place worth visiting…