The Seeker Is He Who Is In Search Of Himself

“The seeker is he who is in search of himself.  Soon he discovers that his own body he cannot be.  Once the conviction: ‘ I am not the body’ becomes so well grounded that he can no longer feel, think and act for and on behalf of the body, he will easily discover that he is the universal being, knowing, acting, that in him and through him the entire universe is real, conscious and active.”

This is an excerpt from chapter 67 of I Am That and it has been burning inside me since I read it. It is odd how often a quote will come back to me several days after it seems to have left my mind.

For the past two days I have been playing with the idea that there is no person that I need to act in the best interests of. That no situation has to be evaluated as if it is good or bad for me. Everything just is. In the absence of the idea of a person or personality there is no concern for events.

It is an odd sensation of being without fear or desire. Fleeting I am sure, but still very profound.

Initially the thought had occurred that if you are not always thinking in your own best interests you would somehow begin to automatically neglect your body, subject yourself to unwarranted risks, and ultimately not last too long. But this is so far from the truth.

There is a certain flow to life that need not concern itself with the needs of the individual, but also has already determined the best interests for all.

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4 thoughts on “The Seeker Is He Who Is In Search Of Himself”

  1. Such an awesome quote! As a seeker myself, my path has led me to similar conclusions. There is great liberation to be experienced in releasing one’s self from the confines of the body and of constant concerns regarding its well-being.

    The very last sentence reminds me of something Alan Watts wrote in The Art of Contemplation: “The individual is an aperture through which the whole energy of the universe is aware of itself, a vortex of vibrations in which it realizes itself as man or beast, flower or star — not alone, but as central to all that surrounds it. These centers are not, as may seem, apart from their surroundings, but stand in mutual relationship to them — center to circumference — in the same way as the magnetic poles. It is thus that each center anywhere implies all other centers elsewhere. The individual is not, therefore, only a center. He is the entire surround centered at this time or this place…”

    His outlook is very Buddhist, while I have come to regard the body and physical existence as pure maya – illusion; a dream from which we must awaken to know ourselves. Regardless, the idea is very liberating!

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    1. Hi Joseph,

      Thanks for your great comment! I am an Alan Watts fan as well. I have only read (mostly) one of his books, The Wisdom of Insecurity. I always find his words interesting and thought provoking. If you haven’t read “I Am That” already I highly recommend it. It is trans-formative.

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