Realization is not an action somebody accomplishes. The idea of realizing the self implies a path from an unrealized self to a realized self. Realization of the self as a goal cannot be permanent. Something permanent has no beginning and no end. Hence the goal is already there, the self is always realized. The intention to realize the Self is itself a hindrance. Our nature is always free but we are making huge efforts to become free. Who is making these efforts and trying to realize the self? It is the I-thought that has wrongly identified itself with the mind that veils our happiness and makes realization of the self a goal. This implies two selves. A non realized self and a goal, a realized self. And here starts the whole process of searching. Going to a guru, performing rituals, reciting mantras, doing prostrations, meditating, reading books and taking all kinds of hardships upon us to walk firmly on the path towards realization hoping to reach our goal in this life. The irony in all this striving for realization is that we have never been separated from our true self. We falsely believe it to be found somewhere, to experience it, to realize it, because we search with our mind and the mind can only exist in duality. So, our task is to find the real nature of the mind. We will discover that there is no such thing as a mind. It is in understanding that we are not the body, neither the mind that we will unveil our true self and the I-thought will be transcended eventually. We already know this freedom. If we wouldn’t know it, why would we spend our lives searching for it? But we must take care not to use wrong tools. It lies in the palm of our hands. It is beauty and love in its purest essence. We are that, lets embrace it in silence and cut those chains that hold us prisoners.
Search involves the seeker and the sought, two separate entities as the subject and the object. But reality cannot be an object, either to itself or to anyone else. This is the very reason for its beingness. In the search for reality there is no goal except the seeker himself and the path becomes one with who treads it. In the perception of reality all naming ceases – all before and after, all far and near – everything ceases. For reality is pure non-duality, pure subjectivity, the plenum where the idea of “I” and not-“I” cannot exist. Reality is not an object of cognition, since there is neither a cognizer nor cognition apart from it. It is the all-pervading eternal existence, immutable and perfect, which is always the seer and never an object of sight. As such it can never be an object of search either.
— Sudhakar S. Dikshit – I am All (p. 93)
Man has invented various spiritual disciplines and religious faiths in his pursuit of God. The versatility of man’s mind has devised diverse pathways to God, as if God had his abode on some inaccessible mountain-top far far away, and the seeker has to undertake a long and arduous journey to reach him. A pathway has a starting point and a destination point to which it leads. Now, there cannot be a pathway to God, because God is omnipresent. He exists everywhere. He is existence itself, not an existent as such.
— Sudhakar S. Dikshit – I Am All – The Inner Way
Path presupposes distance;
If He be near, no path needest thou at all.
Verily it maketh me smile
To hear of a fish in water athirst!
I thought that my voyage had come to its end
at the last limit of my power, — that the path before me was closed,
that provisions were exhausted
and the time come to take shelter in a silent obscurity.
But I find that thy will knows no end in me.
And when old words die out on the tongue,
new melodies break forth from the heart;
and where the old tracks are lost,
new country is revealed with its wonders.
— Rabindranath Tagore – Closed Path – Gitanjali