The first reason being that, beside the urge for self-preservation (preservation of life) and the urge for perpetuation of the species (sexual drive), people have the third and the most important one – the urge for self-accomplishment (self-realisation). This type of urge is only present in man (as a species), and in most people it begins to manifest between a 32 and 42 years of age. <![if !supportFootnotes]>  <![endif]> One can recognise it through an array of questions that begin to surface and increasingly occupy one’s thoughts. The most common such questions are: “Who am I?”, “Where do I come from?”, “What is the purpose of life?”…
The second reason is that human is the only being that has the ability to believe. This gives rise to the ability to devote oneself, which is a mind based process, but which in turn can become a tool for transcending the mind. This process – the process of devotion – has as its ultimate result the complete awakening of the mind, or rather its transformation, which includes:
- contentedness of the mind, meaning absence of agitation and fears, non-attachment, freedom from goals, freedom from duality and thus from enchantment with infinite manifestations. Also included in this type of awakening is the continual directing of thoughts and emotions towards God (Absolute, Reality, Self); and
- awakened engagement of the mind, as an optimal and a continuous process of expressing and mutual inter-connecting of the manifestations of individual Consciousness, at the base of which is Love towards God and towards oneself.
1.1. Types Of God-seeking
God-seekers can be classified according to the goal and to the method of (approach to) God-search:
A) According to a goal. Generally speaking, we could split this group into three sub-groups:
The first of these three sub-groups is made up of those who wish for or aim towards winning Gods “favour”, “grace”, “mercy”, “abundance”, etc. They can be generally described as:
- those who, out of various fears (fear from illness, fear from death, etc.) pray to God to pardon their sins, to be merciful so that they would end up in heaven instead of hell and so on;
- those who ask God to grant them power – economic, political, military, or any other.
“Dear God! If I worship Thee in fear of hell, throw me into hell to burn. If I worship Thee in hope of heaven, then bar me entrance to it. But if, dear Lord, I worship Thee for Thy sake alone, then don’t, o’ Lord, hide from me Thy eternal glory.” (Rabia) <![if !supportFootnotes]>  <![endif]>
The second group make up those who claim that God’s essence is incomprehensible, unrecognisable, somewhere outside man – the philosophers, theologians… Still, in spite of these claims, they continue with their attempts to define God (Absolute, Reality, Self) in one of the following ways:
- as a Being, which “lives” the life of its own and as it is all pervading it governs all the processes, thus realising itself, in other words it exists,
- as a Principle, which within itself contains the general and specific principles according to which, as if it is some sort of law (the so called Divine law), all processes in the visible and the invisible Universe unfold,
- as a Vibration-Energy, a term along which, just like along the expression Consciousness, they add all of the above attributes.
The third group consists of those who do not try to define or ask for anything from IT, but rather they strive towards being one with IT through experience and realisation, which they already are anyway. All the while it is clear to them that both “experience” and “realisation” is no more than a process, which may eliminate the obstacles to our being fully that, which in truth we are. Any experience or realisation is certainly not God (Absolute, Reality, Self) because in the state of God (Absolute, Reality, Self) there is no individual, hence there is no one to realise or to experience, nor is there any such thing as the process of experiencing and realising.
B) According to a method (approach). Again, we could speak of three main groups:
The first, those devoted to God – those who devote their attention, feelings and thoughts to IT (Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, Mahatma Gandhi…).
The second, the artists – who have often, during their creative activities, entered the state of “flow”, i.e. of surrendering, and by so doing they kept awakening the mind until it fully matured (Leonardo Da Vinci, V. A. Mozart, William Shakespeare, Vladimir Nobakov, Walter Gropius…).
The third group make up the scientists – who, through immersing themselves in the process of scientific exploration, would bring themselves into a state of rapture similar to that of “flow” and so would awaken their mind (Nikola Tesla, Isaac Newton, Blaise Pascal, Paracelzus, Archimedes…)
It must be added that the above grouping is strictly conditional, since (almost without exception) it is the case of combining all of the above processes, so that the scientists were also the devotees of God, artists were also scientists and devotees, etc.
In its essence, it is the question of the process of individualisation of Consciousness, or in other words – maturing of Consciousness, which can take place:
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The momentary maturing of Consciousness happens very occasionally. It is often characterised by certain phenomena, which we can describe in two ways:
a) catharsis – processes which gradually intensify until they reach the point of eruption, after which comes a feeling of relief and tranquillity,
b) blissfulness – does not have any specific physical manifestations, although it can be described as a feeling of peace, “fulfilment”, relief, etc.
The gradual maturing of Consciousness consists of harmonising of the manifestations of Consciousness with Consciousness itself, which leads to an awareness of oneself as God (Absolute, Reality, Self). This process takes place simultaneously on all levels: material (physical body), vibrational-energetic (aura, Light body, Soul and mind) and on the level of Consciousness as a process of “unification” of individual and Infinite Consciousness.
In either (momentary or gradual) case, individual (the seeker) is rid of the conscious individual existence.
All people are spontaneous God-seekers, yet the basics that should be remembered are:
- essentially there is only ever one sin (from which all other sins arise) – renouncing God, or rather the Love towards God,
- not to feel bitter over one’s destiny and not to “pass the blame” over to God,
- to discover the Divine essence in ourselves, in others and in everything around us.
1.2. The Primary Potentials
Each man has the strength of God (Absolute, Reality, Self), that is – the strength of the essence that in time and space can be recognised through primary human potentials:
The first being “reason” – the ability to understand one’s own processes as well as those of others, including those present in one’s environment - starting point for this understanding being the essence of the creation and functioning of the mind – the dualistic principle of the mind.
The second, “exchange of vibrations”, represents the ability to give and receive Love as the emotion from which all other exchanges of Vibration arise.
The third is “spontaneity”, i.e. the ability to enter a so called state of flow through intentional or unintentional harmonising of the mental with the working mind.
1.3. The Goal (Purpose) Of God-seeking
The only way to solve the mystery of man, meaning to reach the answer to questions such as: Who is man? What is man? Where does man come from? etc., is self-realisation or self-accomplishment through God-seeking.
Search for God (Absolute, Reality, Self), when seen through the conditioning of the mind, is the most dangerous of all activities, since through it the world itself is “annihilated”.
Indeed, it is difficult to understand (comprehend) that we live in a world which is but a veil over our eyes, to borrow the figure of speech; a mere illusion, taken as far as convincing ourselves by believing it, that we are separated from God (Absolute, Reality, Self). Most people understand that the process we call life takes place in a given space and time, and yet at the same time they don’t see (understand) the inseparable nature of space and time from mind itself. Emotions and thoughts create the world we experience as real, that is – the mind continually assimilates the sum total of Vibrations that are being received through the senses and thus they inform our (individual) world. All that we see (as well as what we don’t see, including the “invisible universe”) are but the reflections and projections of our mind.
By identifying oneself with the mind, the physical body and all other manifestations of the process of individualisation of Consciousness, most people are trapped inside its enchanted circle, where the process of individualisation of Consciousness is being experienced as something separate from God.
God-seeking requires an awakening, or even better - an awareness of the mind, which is related to breaking of one’s attachments:
- attachment to the physical body - and indeed most people, when faced with this question, easily accept that they are not merely that physical body and then,
- attachment to the mind - which most people have great difficulty in renouncing, since they commonly accept that they must eliminate it, instead of to transform it. And lastly,
- attachment to individual Consciousness, as the last hope of defining oneself and one’s particularity, because they think that if they “untie” the “ties” with their Consciousness that they will loose themselves, while actually it is the case of a mutual awareness of individual and Infinite Consciousness, where there is no thing to be gained, nor indeed to be lost.
Because of all these various attachments, fears arise. These fears are rooted in one’s identification with the physical body, the mind and the Consciousness, and so in the individual’s experience of being separate from God (Absolute, Reality, Self).
However, if one’s motive is Truth, or rather Truth about oneself, the fears will gradually disappear.
You are where you are, you are what you are, and the Truth that you seek, seek for your own sake.
Many see an improvement in their spirituality through God-seeking, but also a desire to improve their so called every day life, health, material status, social position, etc. However, whether they are intentional or unintentional, these can only ever remain mere secondary processes - the processes arisen from the search for the Truth about oneself.
Even if there is something in God-seeking we may loosely term “ambition” or “goal” (“purpose”), it should then only have one level – elimination of obstacles to spontaneous Being, as the one’s natural state.
1.4. Elements Of God-seeking
Spontaneous process of God-seeking is characterised by the whole line of different elements, from which we will point out only few:
- As the final (the highest) process of manifested world (Universe), the human being is given everything necessary to find what was never lost to him/her.
- Human being has all the necessary instruments, above all: physical body, mind and Consciousness, all of which can be used in self-realisation, or rather in self-exploration.
- With the help of God (Absolute, Reality, Self), in the sense of addressing God, is the starting point of one’s own Self.
- Knowledge arising from one’s own direct experience, which is that you are (“I AM”) is the experience of the mind and the source of all the Energy and the consequent processes in time and space.
- If one (re)searches without Love (towards God in oneself and God in others as One Being), nothing will ever be realised. At the same time, one’s own personal experience is the most important, yet it is necessary to become free even of that Experience and be in God (Absolute, Reality, Self).
- The basic practical advice (which we shall talk more about later) is not to aim to escape neither into the past nor into the future, but rather to remain “here and now”.
- All activities are parts of the total manifestation. If you seek from the stand point of an individual, whatever this desired thing/state/concept that you seek may be – you will become lost, i.e. you will lose yourself in the mind.
- To be with one’s children, spouse or partner, relatives, friends, or to be engaged in any other type of activity with Love toward God within, is as holy as a pilgrimage to Himalayas, Arunachala, Mount Athos or to live in “absolute” seclusion from man kind in some cave.
- Everything is spontaneous, nothing can be chosen. Because if it could, many would not have chosen their bodies, or would not live where they live, or wouldn’t do the jobs they do, etc. An illusion that there is choice is an illusion of the mind, based on its conception of duality.
- Do not strive towards being perfect, just be what you are – not the perfection, but rather wholeness (totality). There is no such thing as perfection in time and space, because these are just manifestations, but perfection does exist in the state of God (Absolute, Reality, Self), however there – there is no such thing as an individual.
- If you let manifestation “lead” you, you invariably get lost in its enchanted circle, whether you like it or not. In so doing, you create your own concepts of good and bad that are based on the past, and then you project those onto the canvas of the future, and in so doing you lose the present moment.
- When you are learning or studying something, or researching – you are actually trying to remember a certain concept.
- Spiritual practise is a 24 hour devotion.
- Various meditation methods, certain (restricting) ways of behaviour are necessary limitations for as long as one’s mind is “undisciplined”. With an awareness of the mind growing stronger and clearer, emotions and thoughts also gradually become spontaneous and harmonised with Consciousness.
- When addressing God (Absolute, Reality, Self) through a prayer or by merely thinking about God – this very act itself has a resonance within you that directs you towards your essence. Addressing God initiates the processes “beyond the mind” (in Consciousness) that are otherwise (i.e. by will power alone) impossible to activate.
- If you direct a prayer while still attached to a desire, the very addiction to that desire is being increased; that is why it is good to send a prayer and then simply wait without expectation.
- Very often, the process of God-seeking is connected to a need for gathering and having the knowledge (a need to possess it), which will always be limited by the time and space that that particular individual happens to manifest in. That is why all such knowledge, together with an individual, must disappear.
- One must possess the readiness to lose one’s individuality all together, since in God (Absolute, Reality, Self) - there is no such thing.
- That, which we (as individuals) do not know is the true Knowledge and that, which can not be experienced, is the only true State.
- Accomplishment of realisation means nothing but to realise that, which we are - and what we have always been.
- God-seekers seek themselves and the process that has begun somewhere in Infinity also ends there, with a statement:
“I and my Father are one.” <![if !supportFootnotes]>  <![endif]>
“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee …” <![if !supportFootnotes]>  <![endif]>
<![if !supportFootnotes]>  <![endif]> Carl Gustav Jung has explained the importance and the role of this urge in great detail, naming its expression the process of individuation.
<![if !supportFootnotes]>  <![endif]> See: “The mystics of Islam”, Reynold A. Nicholson, published by Arkana, 1989.
<![if !supportFootnotes]>  <![endif]> The Holy Bible, The New Testament, The gospel of John, John (The King James version)
<![if !supportFootnotes]>  <![endif]> The Holy Bible, The New Testament, The gospel of John, John 17:20-22 (The King James version)