Four D’s: Qualities of a Wise Seeker


The wise seeker, first of all will have a strong desire for freedom, to be centered in a place that can never be shaken in the human experience – freedom from fear, freedom from ignorance, doubt, confusion. The wise seeker wants to sit there to be able to see the human experience for what it is as a spiritual being. So that strong desire is a quality of the true seeker. Have a strong desire that you never forget. No matter how involved you are in the human experience, you never forget what the goal is while you are here.

Everything that you do, therefore, is focused on that single purpose: “I ultimately want to be free.” That desire to be free occupies the thoughts; it occupies your dreams. It engages the person in contemplation. It inspires the person to act on that desire, so that the person can forge ahead on that path to freedom. Therefore, the desire never leaves.

2. Discrimination

A wise seeker should be wise and discriminating, being able to see clearly what the distractions are when they come, always being aware. When you are focused on what you want, when you know what you want, when you have a clear vision of what you really want, you can see distractions: “No, this is not going to take me there! This is not good for me. This is not what I really need.” That constant discriminating ability is always sharp to protect that vision.

3. Detachment

The next quality is Detachment. The greatest love should be for the vision, nothing else! Though you are involved in other things, the greatest love should be for that vision, so that you easily become detached from everything else. They cannot tempt you or pull you because you have another focus – detachment. So you are not caught up in distractions, you are not hijacked. You are wise, centered, focused. Discriminating through detachment.

4. Discipline

Finally, the wise seeker should be disciplined. Discipline is a protection when we know what we do not want, and when we need to avoid distractions when they come. We become disciplined and do the things that can lead us to that vision.  Knowing that in ignorance we forget things easily, such as, we are spiritual beings in a human experience. We need to constantly remind ourselves. That is why we say prayers, have affirmations, chant mantras and read. That is why we keep good company to stay inspired.

These are the marks of a true seeker, the 4 D’s: Desire, Discrimination, Detachment, Discipline. These are the qualities of a wise seeker. Which seeker are you? It does not matter whether you are number one or number two. What are you aspiring for? That is what is important!

Be wise as a seeker! Only the wise seeker achieves the goal. Ultimately, all will, but the wise reaches there faster!

Be in this marvelous world, this perishable world, this transient world, but living in a place of immortal awareness: “I am a spiritual being in this human experience. I can embrace this humanity from that place of spirituality, being free in my being.”


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