How to Resolve The Seeker's Dilemma?


With this episode #6, we continue our journey of  ... explorations in Consciousness, ... Silence, ... Self Realization, ... Self Discovery, ... The Mystery ...

Today's question is " How do we resolve the seeker's dilemma given that spiritual practice is not essential?"

As usual, my answer is quite simple: Silence ... and if one is not predisposed to Silence then Self Inquiry.

So let's take each answer and explore it a little bit further.

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I've had various dialogs re silence with people over the years and two things have stood out: a) the more detail you provide the more the mind has a tendency of getting hooked into analysis vs jumping into direct exploration and b) like any topic there are differing views re silence .. which, I certainly find interesting and amusing. ...

When I speak of silence I mean being in solitude with no input (i.e., audible, visual, and mental input) ... of course no input is the ideal scenario ... but certain inputs are just part of the natural course of a day, e.g., sounds from the day, whatever one sees during the day including dreams, and of course the ongoing mental chatter.

The crucial point is ... to take no input that is self created .. and that generates distractions ... from seeing what is naturally here.

  • as to audible eliminate any verbal dialog and also any music (even if it is soothing and potentially helpful) at least in the early explorations.
  • as to visual eliminate any watching of videos or other similar distractions.
  • as to mental eliminate any reading ... even of spiritual texts because, in the end, these to are distractions. ... and contribute to mental chatter .... and as we all know, eliminating mental chatter is almost impossible at least at the start of entering silence.

That's all re silence, for now. ... let's move on to Self Inquiry.

Self Inquiry, of course, was suggested by many notables, the most prominent one that I know of is
Ramana Maharishi and the other one that comes to mind is Nisargadatta Maharaj's teacher, Siddharameshwar Maharaj, who also, in effect, suggested a Self Inquiry like method, which was instrumental in Nisargadatta Maharaj's realization of his own True Nature. Any information re Self Inquiry from either of these two sources is highly recommended. In a nutshell, Self Inquiry is a serious exploration of the question "Who Am I?" ... the central and key issue is what and who is this "I?"

It is important to note that I initially discovered Self Inquiry through these great sages or realized beings but their message was truly heard and blossomed through the gift of Papaji and Gangaji. I use Self Inquiry to this day and will do so for the rest of my life.

And, I am not promoting any single individual but as I have stated in the past shows, these four individuals command my highest respect and I particularly recommend any material (books, videos, etc.) from Gangaji re Self Inquiry primarily because she has one of the clearest expressions. That is not to minimize, by any stretch, these other gifted individuals. ... I have the utmost respect for them and as I have mentioned, in the past, they had the most profound impact on me, ... an impact that will endure through the rest of my life.

So, with this we will close this episode, however this topic of "How to Resolve the seeker's dilemma?" will be continued in the next episode because I will address Chappu Dada's comments on episode #5 as they are pertinent to the topic of the seeker's dilemma.

Also, a reminder re our other channels available on iTunes:
PolitOpine re contemporary American politics and Obama Presidency and RumiTime re mystical poetry readings from Rumi, Kabir and others.



Bang on!! no self created inputs should be allowed while in silence mode/retreat. But, environment, mental & physical state, worries & mental clutter play crucial roles. What to do with them.

Glad to know that you have discovered the gifts/importance of eliminating self created inputs.

Environment "issues/concerns" can be relatively easily addressed. Others (that you raise) are a bit trickier but can still be addressed. I'll include my comments on this aspect in the next episode #7, which is a continuation (Part 2) of this episode #6. ... So stay tuned... :-)

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