Give up the seeking.

From Radical Acceptance, a great and accessible Buddhist book by Tara Brach:

Our original and true nature is described in Mahayana Buddhism as prajnaparamita, the heart of perfect wisdom… the Mother of all Buddhas, ´the one who shows the world as it is.´ She is called ´the source of light… so that all fear and distress may be forsaken.´When we are in touch with our true nature, we are completely free of the trance. No longer afraid or contracted, we know our deepest essence as the pure, wakeful awareness that beholds, with love, all of creation.

One really good question posed by the book:

Do you really trust that you are a Buddha?

And some truly great and inspiring quotes…

…from Sri Nisargadatta:

The real world is beyond our thoughts and ideasñ we see it through the net of our desires divided into pleasure and pain, right and wrong, inner and outer. To see the universe as it is, you must step beyond the net. It is not hard to do so, for the net is so full of holes.

… from Lama Gendun Rinpoche:

Happiness cannot be found through great effort and will power,
But is already there, in relaxation and letting-go.
Don´t strain yourself, there is nothing to do…
Only our search for happiness prevents us from seeing it…
Don´t believe the reality of good and bad experiences;
They are like rainbows.

Wanting to grasp the ungraspable,
you exhaust yourself in vain.
As soon as you relax this grasping,
space is there — open, inviting, and comfortable.

So, make use of it. All is yours already.
Don´t search any further…
Nothing to do.
Nothing to force,
Nothing to want,
–and everything happens by itself.

… and even from the controversial spiritual teacher, Osho:

…if you accept yourself as you are, the ideal can be filled immediately–with no time gap, right this moment, here and now, you can realize that you are perfect; it is not something to be attained in the future, it is something that you have always been carrying within you.

One has to learn how to be effortless, in a state of surrender, in a let-go. The greatest secret in life is the secret of let-go, of surrender, of trusting existence. All that is great comes as a gift. Don´t strive for it, otherwise you will miss.

2 thoughts on “Give up the seeking.

  1. I am reading radical acceptance right now, again… it’s become my Bible of sorts… thanks for sharing each perspective.
    ~ in joy, M

  2. Such a great book, right?! Thanks for your delightful comment, Melissa. I’m planning to share an expanded version of this post on Elephant… Namaste~

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