Stop seeking Truth, instead recognize the Ego

I can only tell you the ways you cannot arrive at the Truth, and when you have found all the ways by which you cannot arrive at the Truth, you will find the Truth: then it will be yours, and not another’s which is but an imitation.
– Beyond the Himalayas

There is no necessity to seek the Truth, what is necessary is to seek what blocks you from the Truth. (ed)
Your Immortal Reality

My wise meditation teacher loves to hear about problems a meditator faced rather than what the meditator wanted to share to impressed him. To him, it is by understanding defilements can wisdom arise. Wisdom is hidden away due to defilements. That brought me succinctly to question why when a master finally arrive at his/her own enlightenment, he shares the Truth with the world.  Why the word “Truth”? Why not something else like Nature, Universe or what not? It came to my realization that the Truth is the opposite of False. There is a high possibility that what they thought they knew before came as a realization that they are all false, lies and fabrications and thus their need to share what is truly understood by them as Truth. Quantum physics call it optical illusion.

When we start to question the purpose of life at some point in time, we tend to incline ourselves to a specific faith or religion, to seek the Truth. Here lies the irony. When we seek the Truth by imitating what we should and should not do, we moved ourselves further away from understanding the nature of existence, from Truth, so to speak. We imitate what great masters have shared instead of learning to understand what they are trying to convey. So instead of moving closer to Truth, we are in fact moving further from Truth.

It is not the cause of the religionist, neither is it the fault of the seeker. What is more true is the nature of ego is to blind. Remember the quote mentioned by Yeshua? I stood in the world and found them all drunk, and I did not find any of them thirsty. They came into the world empty, and they seek to leave the world empty. But meanwhile they are drunk. When they shake off their wine, they will open their eyes.

And there are those, while still seeking, goes spiritual shopping. Chogyam Truangpa labels it as spiritual materialism. You can never win the ego! except to recognize them when it arise. That reminds me of what Yeshua has to said:

A wise fisherman cast his net into the sea. When he drew it up it was full of little fish. Among them, he discovered a large, fine fish. He threw all the little fish back into the sea, and he chose the large fish. Anyone here with two good ears should listen.

If you don’t fully comprehend the verse, let me share with you a parable by the wise Rumi, adapted by Osho, another wise soul:

One day Jalaluddin Rumi took all his students, disciples and devotees  to a field. That was his way to teach them things of the beyond, through the examples of the world. He was not a theoretician, he was a very practical man. The disciples were thinking, “What could be the message, going to that faraway field… and why can’t he say it here?”

But when they reached the field, they understood that they were wrong and he was right. The farmer seemed to be almost an insane man. He was digging a well in the field – and he had already dug eight incomplete wells.

He would go a few feet and then he would find that there was no water. Then he would start digging another well… and the same story was continued. He had destroyed the whole field and he had not yet found water.

The master, Jalaluddin Rumi, told his disciples, “Can you understand something? If this man had been total and had put his whole energy into only one well, he would have reached to the deepest sources of water long ago.

But the way he is going he will destroy the whole field and he will never be able to make a single well. With so much effort he is simply destroying his own land, and getting more and more frustrated, disappointed: what kind of a desert has he purchased? It is not a desert, but one has to go deep to find the sources of water.”

He turned to his disciples and asked them, “Are you going to follow this insane farmer? Sometimes on one path, sometimes on another path, sometimes listening to one, sometimes listening to another… you will collect much knowledge, but all that knowledge is simply junk, because it is not going to give you the enlightenment you were looking for. It is not going to lead you to the waters of eternal life.”

2 Replies to “Stop seeking Truth, instead recognize the Ego”

  1. ..when you have found all the ways by which you cannot arrive at the Truth, you will find the Truth..
    I have problem in “all the ways”. Something is telling me that “the ways” are countless, infinite. Will the Truth be ever discovered then?

    ..what is necessary is to seek what blocks you from the Truth..
    Here my problem is.. how do I know that this particular blockage is blocking the Truth when I dont even know what the Truth is?

    I appreciate the message (as I understand it) portrayed by the fisherman/the well digging stories. The problem may lies (perhaps to me) when the well can be so deep (which I dont even know how deep in the first place) before any water can be found, this create a lot of doubts whether the journey is heading in the “right” direction (which again I wont know what is “right” at that juncture).

    I dont think the answer lies anywhere “outside” of “me”, but then again, how could I seek for a clue from “me who dont even know”? Just like, how could a drunkard open his eyes when he is not even sober to shake off the wine?

  2. 1. “All the ways” means, to me, things that is not relevant, or opposing my pursuit. It is true the ways to the Truth are countless. It is also true that there are many ways that obscure the Truth.
    2. “..what is necessary is to seek what blocks you from the Truth..” – recognition is key. I used to ask this question to my teacher – is there people in the world who is without wisdom and his answer is no – what is more true is the density of blocks. So your question is valid – what are the blocks? To the Buddha, clinging is the block. Clinging to ideas, clinging to want and not wanting. There are two kinds of idea – one that creates bondage and another that creates freedom. Whenever you felt stuck you can be sure there is a “wrong” idea going on in your mind.
    3. I understand your predicament. That is why in certain tradition, the sentence “thywill be done” is referred. When there is a sincerity to win understanding, just let go and trust that what is truly requested will be given. That is why wise aspiration in Buddhism is something of importance.
    4. The drunkard will never be forever drunk. One day with conducive conditioning he will wake up from it. The question is when.

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