It is a normal and natural tendency for a spiritual teacher, or the followers of a particular teacher or teaching, to feel or claim that theirs is the truest truth and, therefore, make its instruction exclusive. From the point of view of teaching, this exclusivity is understandable, even necessary, as to do otherwise would create confusion in the ‘classroom’. However, it is best to include in the instruction that the pupil has the freedom of seeking elsewhere because the truth comes in different packages and all paths lead to the top of the mountain.
The fact is that, irrespective of the path taken, enlightenment remains the same – it cannot be otherwise; the path itself is merely the means to the end.
Take the analogy of animals. There are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores yet, despite their varied diet, they each grow well, mature and die and, on death, return to that from which they came.
So, should we be a carnivore, a herbivore or an omnivore? We can choose any one or all.
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