Written by Egbert Sayers IV a.k.a. Kairo Makonnen a.k.a. Sadhanathananda
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This post is going to deal with some extremely heavy, esoteric, spiritual information and although it may fly over the heads of most people, that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t still share the truth. Beware, there are certain things that once you know, your life will never be the same again.
This is one of those things.
Life is not a mission. Life is not a journey. Most people spend their lives chasing goal after goal. They perceive themselves to be in the “pursuit of happiness” but in fact they are in pursuit of the inner peace of God. Everyone just calls it something different depending on their level of spiritual awareness. Why do you want that dream job you’ve fantasized about ever since middle school? Why do you want to find that perfect romantic partner to spend the rest of your life with? You want these things because you believe they will bring you inner peace, contentment and everlasting happiness. I am here to tell you that they will not. You will set a goal for yourself, journey towards it, accomplish it, then set another goal and continue the cycle endlessly. You will never be satisfied because you are chasing a feeling, a desire, not the object of desire itself. You are not longing to find that perfect person, you are longing to be eternally united with the feeling you get when you are intoxicated by another person’s “love.” All feelings come and go like waves rising and receding on the shores of a beach and by being attached to things which are temporary, you keep yourself stuck in the loop of suffering. One day you are happy, the next day you are sad, one day you are angry and the next day you are glad. There is no security in your life because you see life as a mission. A mission implies that you should be somewhere other than where you are. I’m here to tell you that you are exactly where you are supposed to be. Your body is well aware of this fact, your consciousness is well aware of this fact as well, but it is your mind which is lost. Your mind is lost in a realm of imagination, worry, stress, doubt and fear. Your mind believes that the present moment is not enough, and hopes that the next moment will be better. The future exists only in your imagination, which feeds you nothing more than illusions. The past exists only in the form of memories and has long since been dead. The present moment is the only real thing. Knowing this, why would you choose to live in an illusion and not live in what is real?
Many people travel the world, pursue careers and indulge in various pleasures with their reason being, “I need to find myself.” This statement is highly illogical because “yourself” is already here. Where are you going? You are yourself. Even if the statement is transmuted into, “I need to find God,” the logic is still faulty. Hinduism explicitly and Christianity more implicitly, teach that God is found within ourselves. “The kingdom of God is within you,” states Luke 17 verse 21. When you seek to find “your true self” or “God” in the outward world, you are as foolish as a man who searches for a hat which is already on his head. You cannot find yourself in others, you cannot find yourself by means of drugs, you cannot find yourself in pleasures of the flesh, nor can you find yourself by merely reading scriptures. For spiritual knowledge is useless without spiritual practice. You must journey within yourself, discern what is “not you” and you will clearly see what “is you.”
I will give you a head start. You are not your body for your body is born and one day dies. You are not your mind for the mind leaps from idea to idea like a bee sampling many flowers, unsure of which nectar is sweetest. You are not your thoughts for your thoughts rise in seeming randomness and feed you ideas which you would not think if “you could help it.” Nothing temporary defines the true nature of what you actually are. When you strip away all that is transient…what remains? What is the one thing in your experience of life which is forever the same?
I’ll leave that for you to answer.