This week we will explore the role of spiritual seeking and the end of seeking. We have this idea that enlightenment is going to happen to us and that it is a thing that we can get. And after we get this thing, we will be forever wise and happy. While personal will or the ego’s desire for awakening can help us get started on our spiritual path, eventually it becomes a barrier.
The desire for Enlightenment is the same trap as all the desires. It is simply the ego seeking fulfillment out there in external circumstances or internal states. Your spirituality or spiritual seeking may be the deepest illusion running around in your head. It may be your core ego identity.
It is important to recognize that realizations are only important in terms of how much of yourself gets let go of. It is all about letting go of the egoic self.
These are a few of the ideas we will explore this week
Quotes from talk>
Zen master Seng-t’san is quoted as saying, “Do not seek the truth; simply cease cherishing illusions.”
Adyashanti says “Seeking truth can be a game, complete with a new identity as a truth-seeker fueled by new ideas and beliefs. But ceasing to cherish illusions is no game; it’s a gritty and intimate form of deconstructing yourself down to nothing. Get rid of all of your illusions and what’s left is the truth. You don’t find truth as much as you stumble upon it when you have cast away your illusions.”
Adyashanti: “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.”