You need not get at it, for you are it. It will get at you, if you give it a chance. Let go your attachment to the unreal and the real will swiftly and smoothly step into its own. Stop imagining yourself being or doing this or that and the realization that you are the source and heart of all will dawn upon you. With this will come great love which is not choice or predilection, nor attachment, but a power which makes all things love-worthy and lovable.
A devotee said to Bhagavan, “Bhagavan, so long as we are in your presence we are all good people but once we return to our place we resume our usual activities. I have been coming here for so many years now but I do not seem to have progressed even a little bit.”
Bhagavan: Those who travel by first class inform the guard of the train where they have to get down and ask him to wake them up. Thereafter they shut the windows and go to sleep. Do they wake up midway and ask themselves whether they had crossed their destination already? You are all like first class passengers. You have informed the guard about your destination. Does not the guard know what to do? When your destination arrives the guard himself will come and wake you up.
Can there be a greater reassurance than this?
Do not falter, even for a moment, believing that you face insurmountable obstacles [on the path], but remain vigilant in the unfailing and guaranteed method you have adopted - that of not forgetting the Self.
Bhagavan: All thoughts such as ‘attainment is hard, or ‘Self-realization is far from me’ or, ‘I have got many difficulties to overcome to know the reality’ should be given up as they are obstacles; they are created by this false self, ego.
A mountain doesn’t know it’s tall.
The sea doesn’t know it’s wide and deep.
Each and every thing in the universe is active without knowing it.
The bird’s singing and the flower’s laughter appear naturally,
completely independent from the person sitting in zazen at the foot of the cliff. The bird doesn’t sing in honor of the person in zazen. The flower doesn’t blossom to amaze the person with her beauty.
In exactly the same way, the person doesn’t sit in zazen in order to get satori. Every single being simply realizes the self, through the self, for the self.
The beginning of the spiritual journey is the realization - not just the information, but the real interior conviction - that there is a higher power, or God. I would make it as easy as possible for everyone, that there is an Other - capital “O”.
Second step, is to try and become the Other - capital “O”.
And finally, the realization that there is no other.
You and the other are one. Always have been and always will be. You just think that you aren’t and then, as the spiritual journey unfolds, one lets go of these false beliefs that there is separation from God.
It begins to perceive in events and in all other people the same presence of God, more and more aware of it, once found at the deepest level. And thus, the words of Paul become something which makes sense, that God is all in all - in other words, in a sense, we not only become God but are God.
Your eyes cannot see themselves but if you hold a mirror in front of them they see themselves. Creation is the mirror. See yourself first and then see the whole world as the Self.