Thursday, February 28, 2019

you seek and cannot find

That which you seek and cannot find - is the Seeker.

"By the inquiry 'Who am I?'.
The thought 'who am I?' will destroy all other thoughts,
and like the stick used for stirring the burning pyre,
it will itself in the end get destroyed.
Then, there will arise Self-realization."

The thinker is the ego, 
which if sought will automatically vanish.
Reality is simply loss of the ego.
Destroy the ego by seeking its identity.

Because the ego has no real existence, 
it will automatically vanish, 
and Reality will shine forth by itself in all its glory.

This is the direct method.
All other methods retain the ego, 
In those paths so many doubts arise, 
and the eternal question remains to be tackled. 
But in this method the final question is 
the only one and is raised from the very beginning.

No practices are even necessary for this quest.

~ Ramana Maharshi

And the only practice is seeing this, 
which is Awareness, 
which is this which an eye cannot see when it looks at itself.

Practice is deepening understanding, 
for understanding is first an intuitional glimpse of the truth of this, 
then the obtaining of this intuitional glimpse at will, 
and, finally, the permanent installation of this inseeing 
when "walking, standing, sitting and lying," 
in public and in private, asleep and awake.

~ Wei Wu Wei
from All Else is Bondage
x-ray image of a rose by albert koetsier