Before grasping for any kind of experience… notice what this grasping does to you. It manifests separation. It proclaims we are not quit yet complete and whole. The pursuit of our goals usually doesn’t give us an immediate and tangible sense of wholeness and completeness of our life as it is right now, right here; usually it seems to promise fulfillment in an imagined future.
Now, do you notice? The central assumption here is that our means, our paths, our goals will lead us to that place, our ultimate place! And of course we believe so much in this assumption, we don’t even notice the most basic and natural state, the state of being alive, in which everything returns to its origin – sustaining the balance of Creation, the “Divine Equilibrium” of all Existence. In this context Ramana Maharshi’s metaphor for Self-Realization makes complete sense to me:
“You speak as if you are here, and the Self is somewhere else and you had to go and reach it… …But in fact the Self is here and now, and you are always It. It is like being here and asking people the way to the ashram, then complaining that each one shows a different path and asking which to follow.”