Q: Hello again. I am at the end of my rope here. I just want to find the truth. I have been seeking for years and have found great resonance in your writings, but I just can't seem to get the answer. It always seems to evade me. It seems that the answer is right on the tip of my tongue or mind but there is some kind of cloud or block to reaching it. I am hoping you might say a few things to push me over the edge.
A: When the mirage in the road fails to be water, when the fear in the rope fails to be a snake, what is changed? The illusion falls away naturally. What really happened? Nothing. The falseness is seen and reality shines - it isn't created out of effort - it shines because the cloud of falseness vanished in understanding the illusion.
The illusion of a separate individual seeker prevents the shining of Reality - it is like trying to get out of a chinese finger lock by pulling harder. The harder you pull, the tighter it gets. The only solution is to stop trying.
Yet the seeker can never stop trying - that desire for Truth will come as a possession, a drive, an earnestness.... I MUST to know the Truth... so the lock tightens and tightens, ever resulting in frustration...
As the constant dead ends are encountered, as the mouse-mind bangs it's head in the corner over and over and over, eventually the search is exhausted... there is literally nowhere else to look, nothing else to read, nothing more to analyze... the very fact of trying assumes the one who wants to know, the one who wants to succeed in the search.
The very search itself perpetuates the illusion that there is a seeker, a separate individual seeking. Yet we just can't STOP! If we stop, what then? Will I NEVER find the answers?
We will never find the answers because no "seeker" can find an answer. The answer is the end of the seeker.
You can never find Truth. Truth dissolves YOU.