What Is the Evolution of a Seeker on the Journey to Consciousness?
What is the evolution of a seeker?
“A seeker is a man who has taken the reins into his own hands; a seeker is the child who says to the father, ‘This is more than enough. I am grateful to you, I am much obliged to you, but now I will stand on my own two feet.’ The moment you tell nature you want to stand by yourself you become a young man of maturity. At that moment maturity comes to you for the first time.
“But from then on you will experience many anxieties because now you are responsible for yourself, because now your sadhana begins.
“To follow a sadhana is to proceed consciously in the direction of evolution. It is a journey of clarity, it is not a blind race. It is a directing of all one’s energy towards a single destination. That is why I always say that if a man’s gaze is not directed towards godliness his whole life is meaningless.
Directing one’s eyes towards godliness is just the introduction, just the preamble; the real thing has not yet begun. Think of a classical musician adjusting the strings of his sitar to bring his instrument to the proper tuning. The recital has not yet begun; this is just preparation. This may take a long time; the audience will often get bored and wonder how long this nonsense will go on, how long this will last — but the musician will not begin to play until his sitar is perfectly tuned. Until you evolve to this point you are in the preparatory stage.
“Nature has prepared you by bringing you to the stage of humanity.
“Now you can sing the great song. Now the universal sound can descend on you; now the sound of the universe can thrill your life. But the tuning of the instruments does not produce any music on its own. If you think the recital is over as soon as the tuning is completed then the whole thing is already finished for you anyway; then nothing more can be said to you. And if the classical musician also thinks the concert is over when the instruments have been tuned, his work is incomplete as well.
I see such incompleteness in you. You have earned enough money, you have built a house, you have a wife and children — your instruments are all in tune — so what more is there to do, what…