What Kind of Spiritual Seeker Are You?


5ZC9K92S09.jpgToday I want to speak about us, the seekers on the journey.  I have noticed in my experience that we have basically three kinds of seekers.  You can see where you fall in this, or whether it is a mixture for you.

The First Seeker: knows the goal, but is caught in pleasure 

The first seeker knows that it has to go somewhere; it knows that this is not the plane, but is so hopelessly caught in this sensory pleasure domain that it completely sidelines this inner remembering.  Of course, the seeker can give you a good lecture on what the goal is.  They will tell you, but they are completely caught in the material experience.  They worship those who are freedom seekers, who are making the journey, “Oh my God, these are great people.”  They become iconic to them.  But they are so hopelessly caught.

When life really becomes challenging and painful, they remember where they need to go.  They begin to practice for a while, because life is painful and they need some relief.  But, as soon as they get better, they are completely caught again.  Only when life really pushes and kicks them; when life becomes miserable and painful, then they are ready to practice.

That is the first kind of seeker.  Blissful in their ignorance, but they know that there is a place they have to go.  Not thinking about death, not thinking about pain, not thinking about the misery that is going to happen, so caught in the pleasure.  That is the first kind of seeker – hopelessly caught, but dreaming of that place.

The Second Seeker: practice is a lower priority

The second kind of seeker is one who knows, and one who practices, but it is a lower priority.  They have more important things in the world to get done.  In the list of priorities,  spiritual seeking takes a little lower priority.  They say, “Well, a little later on, right now I am so busy with so many things that I have to do, so this can wait for a little bit later.”  Of course, for some of them, when the body shuts down too soon, they have missed the boat.  They were waiting for later on to practice, but the body shut down on them.  You know how that can be; it can lead to a lot of misery, while the body is shutting down.

These are the ones who become inspired.  Whenever they see someone seeking and practicing, they are very inspired, and for a little while, they practice.  But when the inspiration has gone, they fall back into the old patterns, putting less priority on spirituality.  That is the second kind of seeker.

The Third Seeker: never forgets spiritual awakening

The third kind of seeker is the one who the moment they become awakened to something, they grab it.  It stays in the mind, it never leaves, and it transforms everything that they do.  No matter where they are, this thought is present in them.  No matter how involved they are in the activities of the world, it is not forgotten.  It is always there, on the forefront of the mind.  These seekers make their active world a part of their seeking.  Whilst they are in the world, they are using the world itself to help them in their seeking.  This is the third kind of seeker.  What is amazing about this seeker is the moment they understand, the moment the knowledge becomes clear in their mind, it transforms them completely; it stays with them forever.

Now you can well imagine that the Universe would respond differently to each seeker.                   Sri Vasudeva

How is Consciousness experienced in Meditation?


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Consciousness is the expansive experience that you begin to have when you go deeper and deeper. But if you notice what is creating that is your surrendering, it is your opening up yourself to that infinite space, relieving yourself of thinking, because the moment you make too much effort; the mind becomes restless. But the moment you start giving up that effort and you start surrendering, “I don’t know. I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you are. I don’t know what consciousness is, but I want to know. I want to experience.” It’s that yearning without trying to keep a picture and a thought and a label. It’s such yearning from inside, and that heart of surrender that will bring that experience. Sri Vasudeva

Be a Wise Seeker


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Even as we are involved in the Māyā, the prayer should constantly be there, whether it is verbalized or not. “Let me see more, let me understand more, I want wisdom in this play.”

So we should have that unceasing desire, we should keep the company of those who are more evolved on the journey, and we should keep friends with the discriminating power, the intellect, using the intellect in the light. The prayer of the Gayatri is to use the intellect in the light, not just in the play of the senses, not just in the seeking and finding in the material world, but we should open up to the intellect to ask, “Who am I? Bring light to my reasoning power that I can search for who am I in this play.” We need that discriminating power that constantly reminds us of the changing nature of the world, and the need to seek for That which is unchanging. We need that, vivek it is called; that discriminating power.

That discriminating power should help us to disengage more and more from the pull of the Māyā, and that is vairagya; we want that dispassion, that ability to detach from the play. We need vivek and vairagya in the play. You pray for that every morning in the Guru Gita. You are chanting the Guru Gita every day (the Guru Gita is like a wish fulfilling tree, it says in one verse) to cleanse the mind of the worldly impurities and to make those good dreams come true.

The seeking is important. In the seeking, we will find. So be a wise seeker and seek after that which is real, not unreal. “Lay your treasures in Heaven, not on earth, for where your treasure is, there your heart will be;” the words of the Christ.

So this is Day 12. “Seek and ye shall find. Knock and it shall be opened to you.”

Be careful of what you think of. Keep the company of the wise. Develop the qualities of vivek and vairagya, discrimination as to what is unreal and the possibility of what is real, and detachment from the world that pulls us in the Maya. Be a wise seeker.

Sri Vasudeva Day 12 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org