Osho – There is a story about a Sufi fakir. There were two fakirs who stayed opposite each other. The disciple of one of them, approached his guru and said, ”The Sufi next door is spreading all kinds of stories about you. He even maligns you and spreads horrible rumours about you. Why do you not set him right? Why do you not say something to him?”
The fakir told him, ”Why don’t you go and find out yourself? But do not ask him in haste fo priceless things are not told to a stranger. If a traveller, walking on the road asks a question the answers are only good for the road.” ”Then what shall I do?” The disciple asked. ”Go and serve him for a year. Try to be as near to him as possible. Win his confidence. Then some day, seeing the right hour and opportunity put him the question.”
For a year the disciple served his Guru’s enemy. He won his confidence and was very close to him. One night as he was pressing his legs, thinking the moment to be opportune, he asked him, ”Why do you speak against and abuse the fakir across the road? What is the secret?” The fakir replied, ”I shall tell you since you ask but tell no one. I am his disciple. I am forbidden to give out the secret. You better go and ask him yourself. Remember, these things are not spoken about to a stranger. Try to be as near to him as possible.”
Now the poor disciple was in a dilemma! Thinking him to be the Guru’s enemy, he had set out to solve the mystery and this man turned out to be his Guru’s disciple! He went back to his Guru and served him devotedly for two years. Then one day as he was bathing the Guru and nobody was about, he asked him, what the mystery was.
The Guru said, ”He is my disciple. I have specially placed him there to spread false an derogatory rumours about me. Those who believe the false rumours, do not come to me for they are false. This saves my precious time, which I utilise on those only who are really the seekers of Truth. Those who turn back by rumours alone, are not genuine seekers. This is my own man and he has served me as no other can. He has saved me from hundreds of useless seekers.”
This was the general rule: When a person was filled with faith, this means, when a person was ready to open the portals of his heart directly, then the real Guru begins his work.
Source: from Osho Book “The Way of Tao, Volume 1”

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