Robert Adams: On Searching

You and I know many people who have been searching for many, many years, twenty years, thirty years, forty years, for the answers to life, for reality, yet they’re still in the same place they started twenty years ago. They have gone through all kinds of things. They’ve been to certain places. They met certain people, but they’re still the same. For they’ve never really investigated themselves. They say they do. They say they’ve been working on themselves for years, nothing has happened. But have they really been working on themselves? What they’ve been doing is sort of just thinking about it a little bit, reading a couple of books, memorizing spiritual truths. Of course it’s better than watching TV, but, you can do that for a 1000 years and you hardly make any progress.But they’ve never dived deep enough in the self to find the answers. And this is exactly what you have to do.

You have to dive deep, deep, deep within yourself, deeper than you can ever imagine. And the only way you can do this is by giving up the external world. Mentally, not physically. In other words, by not reacting to things. To observe things, watch the world go by, leave it alone. It’s neither good nor bad. It has nothing to offer you. Yet at the same time you’ll be doing what you have to do, what you came here to do. If you’re supposed to work, you will work. If you’re not supposed to work, you’ll not work. If you’re supposed to be married, you’ll be married. If you’re supposed not to be married, you’ll not be married. Everything will happen by itself.

As you become a little more serious about this work, you will stop taking things so seriously in this world. You will begin to know how to leave things alone. You’ll be more interested in diving within yourself, to find yourself, to understand yourself, who you are, what you are. But then the mind comes to play again, and the mind grabs you, makes you give this up for a while, makes you start enjoying life, so called, makes you be part of life again, hands you things, gives you things, you go through many experiences good and bad. Again you forget about the self, who you are. And most people stay like this until they get old and die.
But there are a few people who will not take no for an answer. There are a few people on this earth, who are only after one thing, and that’s liberation. This is foremost in their mind. This is the only thing they think about, day and night, to become free. And what you think about, thinks about you.
Just be…