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2 Dec 2012
Between the ordinary man who takes himself as he is, and the philosopher who does exactly the same, there stands the Quester. In the first case, outlook is narrow, being limited by attending to the inescapable necessities and demands of day-to-day living. In the other case, peace of mind has been established, the thirst for knowledge fulfilled, the discipline of self realized. In between these two, the Quester is not satisfied with himself, has a strong wish to become a better and more enlightened man. He tries to exercise his will in the struggle for realization of his ideal.
2 Jul 2015
If the Infinite Being is trying to express its own nature within the limitations of this earth--and therefore trying to express itself through us, too--it is our highest duty to search for and cultivate our diviner attributes. Only in this way do we really fulfil ourselves. This search and this cultivation constitute the Quest.
1 Jan 2020
The inner meaning of life does not readily reveal itself; it must be searched for. Such a search is the Quest.
6 Feb 2019
The quest is simply the attempt of a few pioneer men to become aware of their spiritual selves as all men are already aware of their physical selves.
6 Jun 2017
It is a quest to become conscious of Consciousness, to explore the I and penetrate the mystery of its knowing power.
6 Mar 2015
The secret path is an attempt to establish a perfect and conscious relation between the human mind and that divinity which is its source.
19 Jul 2014
When a man passes from the self-seeking motives of the multitude to the Overself-seeking aspirations of the Quest, he passes to conscious co-operation with the Divine World-Idea.
7 Jul 2011
The very idea of a quest involves a passage, a definite movement from one place to another. Here, of course, the passage is really from one state to another. It is a holy journey, so he who is engaged on it is truly a pilgrim. And as on many journeys, difficulties, fatigues, obstacles, delays, and allurements may be encountered on the way, yes! And here there will certainly be dangers, pitfalls, oppositions, and enmities too. His intuition and reason, his books and friends, his experience and earnestness will constitute themselves as his guide upon it. There is another special feature to be noted about it. It is a homeward journey. The Father is waiting for his child. The Father will receive, feed, and bless him.
1 Feb 2014
Many aspirants wrongly believe the quest to be a movement from one psychic experience to another or from one mystical ecstasy to another. But in fact it is a movement in character from animality to purity, from egoism to impersonality.
28 Mar 2020
Here is a goal for men and women which can bring them the fulfilment of their best purposes, the happiness of being set free from their inward bondages, and the calmness of knowing their own soul.
22 Jun 2017
What is the hidden metaphysical meaning of the Quest? It is that the infinite self in man finds that it cannot achieve adequate self-expression in the finite and imperfect life of the world. The ego may try as it will, do what it may, but the bliss, wisdom, serenity, and perfection that are the natural attributes of the Overself, in the end elude its every move. There is ultimately no alternative except to let go of searching and grasping the outer world, and retreat within. There, deep inside its own being the journey to enduring satisfaction will thenceforth be. This is the Quest leading to discovery of Overself.
27 Mar 2019
The quest means disciplined emotions and disciplined living, sustained aspiration and nurtured intuition.
2 Nov 2016
There is another kind of exploration than that which traverses deserts, penetrates jungles, climbs mountains, and crosses continents. It seeks out the mysterious hinterlands of the human mind, scales the highest reaches of human consciousness, and then returns to report routes and discoveries, describe the goals to others so that they also may find their way thereto if they wish.
12 May 2018
The high teachers of the human race have given us goals and taught us ways to approach them.
18 Jul 2012
... Whoever comes eventually to mystical experience of the reality of his own Higher Self will recognize the infinite number of ways in which nature throughout life is beckoning him…
31 Dec 2010
He who stands on the threshold of this Path is about to commence the last and greatest journey of all, one which he will continue to the end of his days. Once begun, there is no turning back or deserting it, except temporarily. And since it is the most important and most glorious activity ever undertaken, its rewards are commensurate.
12 Feb 2017
The meaning and end of all such work is to arouse men to see certain truths: that the intuitive element is tremendously more important than the intellectual yet just as cultivable if pursued through meditation, that the mystical experience is the most valuable of all experience, and that the quest of the Overself is the most worthwhile endeavour open to human exertions.
7 Feb 2011
If there is anything worth studying by a human being, after the necessary preliminary studies of how to exist and survive in this world healthily and wisely, it is the study of man's own consciousness - not a cataloguing of the numerous thoughts that play within it, but a deep investigation of its nature in itself, its own unadulterated pure self.
2 Jan 2011
In first, the discovery of the Overself, and second, the surrender to it, man fulfils the highest purpose of his life on this earth.
18 Aug 2013
The businessman who does not know that the true business for which he was put on earth is to find the Overself, may make a fortune but will also squander away a lifetime. His work and mind have been left separate from his Overself's when they might have been kept in satisfying harmony with them.
24 Feb 2012
Every man has another and veiled identity. Until he finds out this mystical self of his, he has failed to fulfil the higher mission of his existence.
28 Aug 2013
Life offers man a variety of meanings, but in the end one meaning comes to the top of all the others and that is the meaning which shall reveal the truth about his relation to God.
31 Jul 2011
When he sees life whole and therefore sees it right, he will understand why Jesus said, ”Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and all these things shall be added unto you,” and why, if he is to insist upon any single renovation in human life, it must be its own self-spiritualization. If he is to put emphasis anywhere, it must be upon the rediscovery of the divine purpose of his earthly life.
27 Dec 2010
If men only knew how glorious, how rich, how satisfying this inner life really is, they would not hesitate for a moment to forsake all those things which bar their way to it.
8 Aug 2017
We do not understand the depths of our own being, the mystery in which it is grounded. I speak for mankind in general, not for those few great ones who have banished illusion and ignorance.
9 May 2012
What grander ideal could a man have than to live continuously in the higher part of his being?
14 Sep 2013
When men acquire proper values, whether by reflecting over their experience or by listening to their prophets, they will recognize this truth--that nothing really matters except the search for the Overself…
17 Oct 2018
This enterprise of the quest is the most serious in which a man can engage. We must treat it as such. But let this not cause anyone to lose the sense of humour.
2 May 2012
The fact that so few have ventured on this quest offers no indication of what will happen in the future. If mankind could take any other way to its own self-fulfilment, this situation might remain. But there is no other way.
29 Aug 2013
... What shall it profit a man if he hear a thousand lectures or read a thousand books but hath not found his Overself? The student must advance to the next step and seek to realize within his own experience that which is portrayed to him by his intellect…
4 Dec 2011
The profound meaning of life is not put before our eyes. We have to dig for it with much patience and much perseverance.
30 Aug 2013
The first duty of man, which takes precedence over all other duties, is to become conscious of his Overself. This is the highest duty and every other duty must bow before it…
5 Aug 2013
What a man sees and thinks is only an awareness gleaned by the shallower part of himself. There is his deeper being--indeed, the term part is quite inapplicable here--his real essence, the greater Consciousness from which thoughts and emotions emerge for their limited lives. To find and know this is a duty to which he must one day come.
28 Apr 2020
The search for truth becomes, for such a man, neither a spare-time hobby nor an intellectual curiosity, but a driving moral compulsion.
8 Jun 2014
Man can come into the personal knowledge that there is this unseen power out of which the whole universe is being derived, including himself. But neither the animal nor the plant can come into this knowledge. Here we see what evolution means and why it is necessary.
23 Sep 2020
The most important questions which a man can ask himself — What he is and What he is here for — must be answered before his life finds its proper course…
9 Apr 2012
Every life in the fleshly body represents an opportunity to obtain spiritual realization because man can only discover his divinity to the fullest whilst in the waking state.
13 May 2011
When a man comes to his real senses, he will recognize that he has only one problem: ”How can I come into awareness of, and oneness with, my true being?”...
11 Mar 2015
The earlier the age at which a man begins these studies and practices the better for him. To be born into a family where they already prevail, is to have an exceedingly good destiny. But however late in life anyone comes to them, it is never too late…
22 Oct 2017
NOW is the right moment to practise philosophy, to crush the ego, and to think positively.
7 Nov 2016
If we choose to be endlessly preoccupied with external matters, business, and pleasure, if we will not turn lovingly in the only direction to which we must turn if we are to behold our divine self, then it is useless to blame life, God, or luck for our unhappy blindness.
4 Mar 2015
The true mystic is always pleased to learn that an individual has started upon the spiritual quest in earnest. He knows that nothing else in life will yield such satisfaction, especially in these times of world crisis when the need for inner support is greater than ever before. There cannot be any true or lasting outward form of security today.
19 Nov 2016
Millions of other humans came into the world and after a relatively short existence disappeared. He will be no exception: his turn to vanish will also come. Thought, confronted with this terrible fact, must either despair, take refuge in the hopes of religion, or resolve to find out the truth behind the tremendous cosmic drama.
20 Jan 2019
The making of money, the earning of a livelihood, and the attainment of professional or business success have their proper place in life and should be accorded it but--in comparison with the fulfilment of spiritual aspiration--ought to be regarded as having quite a secondary place.
18 Mar 2014
The goals of progress are but imagined ones. There is only one goal which is undeniably real, completely certain, and authentically true--and that is an unchanging one, an eternal one. Yet it is also the one that has escaped mankind!
23 Aug 2013
Man as scientist has put under observation countless objects on earth, in sea and sky. He has thoroughly examined them. But man as man has put himself under a shallower observation. He has limited his scrutiny first to the body, second to what thinking can find. Yet a deeper level exists, where a deeper hidden self can be found.
28 Feb 2017
He will discover that it is not enough to regard as good only that which is favourable to his physical life. He must complete the definition and sometimes even contradict it by adding that which is favourable to his spiritual life.
26 Jul 2012
There is nothing more important in life than the Quest, and the time will come when the student discovers that there is nothing more enjoyable as well. This is inevitable in a Quest whose essential nature is one of infinite harmony and unbroken peace. No worldly object, person, or pleasure can ever bestow the satisfaction experienced in uniting with the Overself.
11 Apr 2012
It is not the animal needs and their gratification but the realization of our divine possibilities which is the hidden justification of our presence in this world.
8 Dec 2011
The ceaseless longing for personal happiness which exists in every human being is a right one, but is generally mistaken in the direction along which satisfaction is sought. For all outward objects and beings can yield only a transient and imperfect delight that can never be equivalent to the uninterrupted happiness of life in the Overself.
16 Jan 2014
An existence which has no higher aims than purely physical ones, no nobler activities than merely personal ones, no inner reference to a spiritual purpose, has to depend only on its own small resources. It has failed to benefit by its connection with the power behind the universe.
22 Nov 2016
No one who ever gives the philosophic life a proper trial for a sufficient time is likely to desert it…
29 Jan 2017
We are regarded as odd people because we trouble our heads with the search for an intangible reality. But it never occurs to our critics that it is much more odd that they should go on living without pausing to inquire if there be any purpose in life at all.
7 Jun 2015
A time comes in the intellectual growth of a man when he knows that he must put aside the trivialities of life and come to terms with the demands made upon him by his higher nature.
9 Sep 2014
The moment we become convinced that the universal life has a higher purpose than the mere reproduction of the species, that moment our own individual life takes on a higher meaning, a glorious significance.
25 May 2014
All that really matters is how one lives one's life. But relative-plane activities do not constitute all there is to living. Consciousness rises from the plane behind the mind, and this region, like the outer world, needs to be explored with competent guides--its possibilities and benefits fully revealed by each individual for himself. Living will begin to achieve its own purpose when one's outer life becomes motivated, guided, and balanced by the fruits of one's inner findings.
6 Jan 2015
Our whole life on earth is in the end nothing else than a kind of preparation for this quest.
31 Dec 2019
It is not too late at any period of life, even in old age, to obtain a firm footing upon the spiritual path and gain its satisfying rewards.