To begin this page I can think of no better introduction than the following message from Wayne Liquorman:
If I call you a spiritual seeker, are you offended? If so, no point in reading further, you are unlikely to benefit from any of the simple stuff I have to offer.
If you ARE a spiritual seeker then chances are very good that you have read numerous spiritual books by numerous spiritual teachers. You have probably attended Talks, satsangs, retreats, conferences and meetings of various kinds. If you have a computer you will have undoubtedly surfed to websites, YouTube videos and webcasts. The result of all this is a dizzying cacophony of conflicting claims, concepts and ideologies. There are literally thousands of teachers, some living, others long dead. One tells you it is all a dream, another assures you it is the only reality. One says you don't exist, another says you absolutely do. One tells you you can do nothing, another insists you create everything and yet another slides in between to confidently explain you can only do one thing...wake up. Some take spiritual sounding names while others keep the names they were born with. Some dress in flowing, spiritual garb and others dress like ordinary people. Some are charismatic and charming, others are surly and unexceptional. Some insist that you must use your heart while others exhort you to use your mind. Some come from long established lineages, others assert that Enlightenment is a con. Nearly all warn about the dangers of the others.
Of course, as a spiritual seeker, you have already seen all this. You don't need me to tell you it is a jungle out there. You have likely wrestled with the questions of who is telling the truth and who isn't? Who is a genuine teacher and who is a poser? In the hope that you may derive the same benefit I received, I offer you the words of my guru, Ramesh S. Balsekar. He said, "the false guru and the genuine guru arise from the same Source." For me it was a potent pointer to the underlying perfection of it All.
May it find you now!
To which I'll add the Sufi teaching story that points to our tendency to look outside of ourselves for answers.
One day, people saw Mullah Nasruddin out in the street searching frantically for something. 'What are you searching for, Mullah? They enquired. "I've lost my key" replied Mullah. So everyone joined him, trying to help him After some time someone had the urge to ask the place where the key was lost so that more concentrated search could be made. So, the enquiry was made to Nasruddin. "I lost the key in the house," replied Mulla matter-o-factly. "Then why are you searching for it in the street?" was the obvious question asked to him. "Because the light is better here." Replied the Mulla.
God dwells in you, as you, and you don't have to 'do' anything to be God-realized or Self-realized, it is already your true and natural state. Just drop all seeking, turn your attention inward, and sacrifice your mind to the One Self radiating in the Heart of your very being.
~ Ramana Maharshi
All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit is to stop seeking something more or better or different, and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are.
The very desire to seek spiritual enlightenment is in fact nothing but the grasping tendency of the ego itself, and thus the very search for enlightenment prevents it. The "perfect practice" is therefore not to search for enlightenment, but to inquire into the motive for seeking itself. You obviously seek in oder to avoid the present, and yet the present alone holds the answer: to seek forever is to miss the point forever. You always already are enlightened Spirit, and therefore to seek Spirit is simply to deny Spirit. You can no more attain Spirit than you can attain your feet or acquire your lungs.
~ Ken Wilber
Only when you truly start seeking what is beyond the physical body, the spiritual processes open up for you.
~ Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
You stop seeking when you realize that you already have what you’re looking for.
~ Francis Lucille
To know yourself, be yourself. To be yourself, stop imagining yourself to be this or that. Just be. Let your true nature emerge. Don't disturb your mind with seeking.
A person who has just started learning to swim, and has to make considerable effort just to keep afloat, will find it difficult to accept that it is possible to float effortlessly. So also, a seeker beset with a plethora of questions and problems, will find it difficult to accept that the seeker is the sought, that the very seeking is the problem, and that it is possible to float through life naturally and effortlessly, without a sense of doership.
~ Ramesh Balsekar
There is doing, but no individual doer. In a nutshell, this is the end of the seeker, and the end of the seeking can be brought about only by that Power, which started the seeking.
~ Ramesh Balsekar
Thinking happens, but there is no individual thinker; seeking happens but there is no individual seeker; doing happens, but there is no individual doer; experiencing happens, but there is no individual experiencer.
~ Ramesh Balsekar
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just Because they're not on your road doesn't mean they have gotten lost.
~ Dalai Lama
Peace is not some arduous journey but the instantaneous realization that there is nothing to get, nothing to change, nowhere at all to go. You are already there and the seeking of it is the obstacle.
~ Randall Friend
My method has
You need only to stop.
Stop all your strategies and lastly,
Stop giving your thoughts
The authority to define
Who you are.
Simply allow what remains to
~ Wu Hsin
Where many roads converge do not hesitate as to which one to follow. To a God seeking heart all roads lead to God.
~ Miranda Macpherson
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
There is no greater mystery than this, that we keep seeking reality though in fact we are reality.
~ Ramana Maharshi
This very moment, this very world, this very body is the point. Now. You see? But, if you’re seeking something beyond all the time, you never get with it. You’re never here.
~ Alan Watts
Some of us are seeking happiness where it is and as a result are becoming happier. And others are seeking it blindly in the world where it is not and are becoming more frustrated.
~ Lester Levenson
Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.
~ Ramana Maharshi