Why and What are you seeking?
The buddha is reported to have said that 'life is suffering' (or discontentment), and it seems that many people begin their spiritual journey in an attempt to alleviate their suffering. Most people, however, are unaware of their personal suffering; their sense of deficiency, their loss of value or purpose, their hurtful beliefs, and disconnection from their true self. Often it takes a great loss or depression or other shock to provoke the process of spiritual seeking.
But to the seeker who is still asleep, and in their sleep is searching restlessly for an end to the sense of separation, there appears to be a chasm between that state and liberation. Liberation seems like a marvelous prize to be attained, promising blissful feelings, freedom from pain and suffering, an end to all problems, perhaps magical powers and of course the jealous admiration of your friends. This is why the search for liberation can be so desperate and the question 'Will I get it?' so powerful.
~ Pamela Wilson
But suffering is just one way to understand the impetus for seeking. Genuine curiosity to know the truth of who you are, the truth about reality, may reflect a more instinctual drive for enlightenment or evolution. Sufi poets often point to listening to the constant call of the Beloved to return home, to respond to loves call, the call of God. So all of you who are reading these words are part of a small minority of folks who started seeking. If your motivation isn't yet clear this might be an opportune time for reflection
The world is full of seekers whose identity is wrapped up in seeking wisdom, truth, or enlightenment. This is basically the same as seeking riches, beauty, fame, love, or recognition. The purpose of all of these identifications is to fill emptiness. But if you could look at the situation with complete sincerity, if you could just see what is really there without the props, you would give yourself a little chance of finding true intrinsic meaning.
~ A.H. Almaas
The guest is inside you, and also inside me; you know how the sprout is hidden inside the seed. We are all struggling; none of us has gone too far. Let your arrogance go, and look around inside.
Love is like Mercury Ungraspable It rests in the silence of The Heart like the Sun at the core of the galaxy Be quiet and It seeks you until there is no difference between seeker and sought. Only the thrill of Oneness remains. So ask it, "Who are you?"
~ Pamela Wilson
There seem to two kinds of searchers: those who seek to make their ego something other than it is, i.e. holy, happy, unselfish (as though you could make a fish unfish), and those who understand that all such attempts are just gesticulation and play-acting, that there is only one thing that can be done, which is to disidentify themselves with the ego, by realizing its unreality, and by becoming aware of their eternal identity with pure being.
After we have been on the path for a while, we discover that we have signed up, perhaps unwittingly, for a loss that will eclipse all of our losses: the death of our conditioned identities, which we have taken to be who we are. Not trusting yet that this death is the vehicle for the very transformation we long for, we flee from it in terror.
~ Jennifer Welwood
Aesthetics wander shrine to shrine, looking for what can only come from visiting the soul. Study the mystery you embody.
~ Lalla (14th century)
I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teachings of my soul.
~ Rumi (13th century)
The biggest challenge for most spiritual seekers is to surrender their self importance, and see the emptiness of their own personal story. It is your personal story that you need to awaken from in order to be free.
First there is a seeker, a body-mind, a false I. Then there is a finder, a witness, universal consciousness. Finally what is revealed is what you are before being either.
~ Enza Vita
Seekers continue to practice all kinds of self-torture without realizing that such 'spiritual practice' is a reinforcement of the very ego that prevents them from their natural, free state.
~ Ramesh Balsekar
A general longing for liberation is only the beginning; to find the proper means and use them is the next step. The seeker has only one goal in view: to find his own true being. Of all desires it is the most ambitious, for nothing and nobody can satisfy it; the seeker and the sought are one, and the search alone matters.
~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
The true seeker never tires of being in satsang. They enjoy being vigilant and thus shine brighter and brighter as their being continue to absorb subtler and subtler truths. They delight in this inner refining until the ego is genuinely transcended. They alone secure their ever-lasting freedom.
We don't choose to be seekers; seeking chooses us, whether we like it or not. And then it makes of us what it will.
~ Fred Davis
The seeker seeks unconditional love, believing that it's missing, and all the while this seeker is unconditionally loved.
~ Jeff Foster
Essence is not an object we find within ourselves; it is the true nature of who we are when we are relaxed and authentic, when we are not pretending to be one way or another, consciously or unconsciously. . . Essence is the authentic presence of our Being; it is, in fact, Being in its thatness. Different spiritual traditions have given it different names: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam call it Spirit; Buddhism calls it Buddha nature; Taoism calls it the Tao; Hinduism calls it Atman or Brahman. The various traditions differ in how they conceptualize Essence and how much they emphasize it in their teaching, but Essence is always considered to be the most authentic, innate, and fundamental nature of who we are. And the experience and realization of Essence is the central task of spiritual work and development in all traditions.
~ A.H. Almaas
Now don't think that awakening is the end. Awakening is the end of seeking, the end of the seeker, but it is the beginning of a life lived from your true nature.