Qualities of a True Seeker

The pre-cognition of our spiritual purpose is a revelation that arises from the encoded knowing inherent to our original nature. To be in touch with this knowing is in fact what makes one a true seeker.

To become a seeker is to begin serving the light by taking responsibil­ity for the realization of one’s evolutionary purpose. It is to use all of the resources given to us by existence — the mind, heart, intelligence, and the powers of energy and will — to penetrate and ultimately transcend the thick veil of ignorance. For a true seeker, not a single moment passes that the inner work is not in progress. His life is com­pletely dedicated to that which is real, and to renouncing, with cour­age and complete attention, that which is false. To become a seeker is to acquire a new identity — not of the ego, but of the soul. It is not just one of the many roles that we play in our life or something we do in our free time, but our very reason to live.

To seek is the most challenging endeavour in human existence.  Therefore it is critical that one will develop certain essential qualities such as sincerity, maturity, inner strength, patience, determination, purity of intention, humility, as well as discriminative wisdom, sensitivity to the realm of I am and the ability to meet oneself.

Only by possessing the virtues we have described here can one persevere in the face of the unknown and unravel our final destiny.
from Book of Enlightenment

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The Role of Suffering

The experience of suffering can serve as a major stimulus in our search for transformation and freedom. While it is true that in the hierarchy of truth, suffering is inferior to the inner call as an incentive to awaken, it nonetheless can serve as a powerful motivational force.

Suffering is a fundamental characteristic of the earthly dimension. It does not occur exclusively during times of misfortune — it is the permanent shadow of the unawakened self. We may disagree, citing the example of those who appear to be content within the con¬fines of their human existence. However, like most humans, these people just do not recognize their suffering. It is an existential condition so chronic in nature that their unawakened minds simply cannot detect it. The deep and pervasive anguish of true suffering can only be viewed from a conscious perspective. From this standpoint, it is obvious that most people who seem ‘normal’, or even ‘happy’, are only satisfied on the surface, and that humanity as a whole actually lives in a collective state of suffering due to its complete ignorance.

Existential suffering only becomes an issue when consciousness has matured enough to experience its condition as painful and dissatisfying. Awakening to the true root of this suffering represents a crisis of ego through which our mind begins to doubt the preconceived vision of reality it has absorbed from the collective unconscious. It is this shocking recognition of our suffering that gives rise to a sense of evolutionary emergency and compels us to seek a way out of it. Seen in this way, suffering is in fact a passage between our past bondage and future freedom. If not for suffering, in most cases there would be no real incentive to break through the spiritual inertia of the collective mind.

Suffering is also an important tool in the development of spiritual sensitivity. Existence uses suffering to awaken the recognition of the gap between our present state and our potential. The existential sense of discontent that comes from feeling our own incompleteness awakens in us the need to realize our future self. The end of suffering cannot be reached by abolishing the causes of our anguish, since they are infinite; it can only be achieved through expansion into spiritual light and transcendence of the realm of illusion.
from Book of Enlightenment

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