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One teacher or many?

Nani2010-07-05 07:03:01 +0000 #1
I have been wondering for a while - is it better to have one teacher and stick with him/her or is it better to have many different teachers?

To give you an example, one could argued to stick with one teacher is better: it's like looking for water by digging holes in the ground: if you stick with one hole (one teacher) you will get deeper and your chances of getting to the water are higher than by digging many shallow holes.

I do agree with this metaphor. However, I am naturally a person who likes variety and try out different things, interact with different people, so I do enjoy learning from different teachers. So, I am torn...

What do you think? I am looking forward to hearing your opinion on that!
tsanchan192010-07-05 07:19:39 +0000 #2
hey i read your post. i am no genius nor a teacher but, what i think is you can see diff teachers, no one knows everything, you can get diff info from diff people, YOu have your atma with you will know what is right who is right and who you need to stick with.
Nani2010-07-05 07:30:52 +0000 #3
Thank you for your reply! I agree, I guess it's about following my intuition

I also just came across the yoga forum newsletter, where I found this quote:

As a bee seeks nectar

From all kinds of flowers,

Seek teachings everywhere,

Like a deer that finds

A quiet place to graze,

Seek Seclusion to digest

All you have gathered.

~ Mamkhai Norbu Rinpoche ~

quoting Dzogchen Tantra from his book The Crystal and the Way of Light

It confirms that it is okay to get teachings from many sources!
tsanchan192010-07-05 08:21:01 +0000 #4
hey..i have very limited resources of poetry like that you know ..in case you have something really inspiring pls share it with me here will you??thanks..
deZengo2010-07-05 08:30:52 +0000 #5
For me, I find that I am taught lessons by almost everyone...everything really. One moment I am the teacher, to my children per se, the next moment they are teaching and inspiring me!

I believe that once I realized that, my relationship with all life changed. I do not look at my mother as just my mother. She is my guide, my teacher, my friend, my student simultaneously. Nature always inspires me when I am still enough to observe and listen. I have had unusual contact with animals and some insects -- that feels like attempts of communication.

Back to teachers...

whether you commit your "formal / informal" education or spiritual guidance to one guru/guide/teacher -- you will have opportunities daily to be inspired and learn from the most unlikely of individuals and/or events. I could write books on daily lessons from my Yoga Rocks, so in essence, they are teachers. Knowingly or unknowingly.

My thoughts are to maintain openness so that the universe can continue teaching in all manners possible. I have learned from many of you -- so you are my teachers. And last but not least, I believe we are able to learn from "Self." Once we begin the journey and exploration inward -- amazing things happen.

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