Seeking - The Zen Koan!!

I have friends who have been on the spiritual treadmill of ‘seeking’ for years and years. Has it become an addiction? They are still searching for peace, excitement, thrills, nirvana etc etc.
I fully understand that state of seeking peace and trying to find ‘it’ – but can we try ‘being it’ ? Perhaps after exhausting all paths of seeking – there is nothing left but to accept the ‘here and now’ . Would we really understand the profound restfulness of true acceptance, unless the time is ripe? Perhaps it cannot be understood, only felt.

We seek answers, we seek a path, a religion a concept – anything to make sense of the universe of this soul journey – oh yes, there are plenty of leaders, gurus, sects, religions, counsellors, pychics, seers, oracles – that will hand out concepts and words of comfort – but are these really answers?

The truth surely is :

‘The Tao that can be spoken is not the Tao’.

It is a mystery! It takes courage to face this mortal path with all the pain, joy, anguish, bliss ……………. it is the unknown – yet the intellectual mind tries to find a meaning in it all. Is it so hard to celebrate and embrace the unknown? Do we really need to cling onto comforting explanations……………… like beggars seeking a crumb to satisfy their hunger?

The answer may lie in the acceptance of the mystery of it all – the acceptance of the unanswerable. Can the mind who yearns for logical answers be tamed by that truth??

I have been around Gurus who tell their devotees:
“look at where I am pointing…………… stop worshiping my hand!!”
Yet the devotees continued to worship his hand and idolize him – without finding their own way through. I understand – I haven’t found my own way through, but I am reluctant to go on a windy path that leads to more questions.

Words of comfort and wisdom for those hungry seekers yearning for answers do help I’m sure – but ultimately there are no words that can satisfy that hunger to be enlightened, or to understand yourself – that is the Zen Koan!! That may be the ultimate answer.

copyright protected: Charmiene Maxwell-Batten November 2010

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Just a little thought I had about the so called path of spiritual seeking – honestly it may sound like a noble kind of seeking – but is it

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