The first question:
Jesus, Buddha and T.D. Suzuki have been my masters for five years now. Whenever I had a problem I would call on Jesus’ name for help. Now you are my master. What can I do with the rest of them? Jesus says a man can only serve one master. He will either love one and hate the other, or hate the one and love the other. Please comment.
The first thing: to be a disciple does not mean to be monogamous. To be a disciple simply means to be ready to learn. A real disciple becomes connected through one master to every other master possible. Your master becomes a link to all the masters of the past, present and future.
But human mind is very narrow. We turn everything into jealousy and possessiveness. At least don’t do that with the master. It is difficult for you to conceive of how you can love two masters but the problem arises because you consider two masters as two. If you have really loved me you have loved Jesus through me, you have loved Buddha through me, you have loved Zarathustra through me. If you have really loved me and you have seen me, you have seen all the masters. If you have not loved and not seen me then the problem will arise. Then there will be a choice – whether to choose Jesus or Buddha or me.
And if the question arises it means that you are not yet a disciple, you are not related to me at all. If you are related to me then there is no problem. Then suddenly you will feel for the first time that you are related to all known and unknown masters. They will all become alive through me. That is the meaning of a master. If a master closes your mind and makes you narrow, he is not a master at all.
Remember it. You can still call on Jesus, you can still call on Krishna. There is no competition between me and them. In fact, my whole effort here is to make you able to call them more intensely. When you call Jesus, really you have called me; when you call me, really you have called Jesus. These are just names. Jesus is an emptiness, the emptiness we were talking about just the other day. His whole heart – all the seven holes of the heart – are open. He is a door. So is Buddha, so is Krishna. How can you make a distinction between two emptinesses? Can you?
I have heard. A small boy was playing in the garden when his father came home from the office, tired. The boy was very jubilant and he asked his father, “What do you do in the office the whole day?”