In our search we feel we found a way. We stick to it. We follow its practices and rituals.
By doing so we believe we can make progress. In fact, at times, we do progress a lot.
But simply sticking to rights and rituals are not ends in themselves.
Our goal is to free our selves from all concepts that build up in our minds and free our selves from all experiences that try to shape our identities since all of those are utterly false.
At the end of the day, it is we who are responsible for seeing our own selves.
It does not matter what we read. It does not matter what we hear. It matters less what we are shown. It does not matter what we have had experienced. In the end it is down to us and down to the present moment, since that is the only livable moment we have with us.
It is not possible for anyone to push us along a way strapped to a shopping trolley.
Whatever we need to learn, whatever we need understand and whatever we need for our internal happiness, peace and stability are presented right in front of us, in every moment. The reality is right in the moment we live. The reality that would form in the future is right in the moment we live. We just have to open our eyes and ‘see.’
The present moment has many things to teach. But we can only interpret the present based on our own present understanding and experience. So, in fact, it is we teaching our selves all the time. It depends on how far and how wide and how deeply we can see the present. It depends so little on our past understanding and past experiences, if at all. It simply can never be anything else.
We do learn something from teachers and gurus. They inspire us to see a path, engage with it, mull over the experiences that greet us and exchange our understanding with the world. But that is not the end.
Respect your gurus but set them free.
Find your own path. See it. Question it. Challenge it. Test it out. Change it if you may.
And that path lies in your mind.
The problem is we hardly see it clearly.