An excerpt from The Journey Within
In this extremely materialistic society in which we are living, there is too much emphasis on physical things, on physical comforts and enjoyment, on mental creativity and thinking for its own sake. With all that busyness of society, the spiritual part of us — that which has existed since the beginning of time and which will exist until the end of time and beyond — is completely forgotten. Of all the people in the world, how many are desperately seeking the spiritual part of themselves? Thousands maybe, but what is that compared to the seven billion on this planet?
To use an analogy, imagine you have $15 million in a bank account. Your parents gave it to you, but somehow you know nothing about it, and meanwhile you continue to live as a homeless person, sleeping at the bus station and thinking you are miserable and unhappy. Similarly, we each have this incredible Spiritual Reality within us — we are omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, full of absolute Bliss, Love, Joy, Ecstasy and vibrant living — and we know nothing about it! Furthermore, we are not even interested in seeking it, because we are so entrapped in material pursuits or personality satisfaction — the satisfaction of the physical body, the mind and the emotions.
Within us is another dimension, another vast, bright, imperishable Reality, full of Ecstasy, Joy, Potential and Creativity beyond imagination, and we don’t even want to know about it! This is the disaster of modern society. And because we have forgotten the essential Self, the real being within ourselves, we have wars and stress in society; we have family problems, work problems, political and religious problems. We are not connected to our Spiritual Source; we are completely out of tune with Reality and will continue to have problems until the end of time unless we realize that our society is completely off the rails.
We are looking for solutions at the level of the personality — psychological, sociological, philosophical and political explanations — but they never have solved the problem and never will. They cannot solve the problem, because they only revolve around this limited expression of reality.
What we see in this world is only a fragment of Creation. The vast physical Universe is literally just the surface or skin of the multidimensional, infinite Space. People do not seem bothered to seek this multidimensional, almighty part of Nature and that great, almighty part of themselves.
However, those people who have started on the Spiritual Path have seen beyond that limited view of reality and believe there is something inside them that is greater, something well worth seeking. You may call it Self-Realization, the Realization of Truth, the Realization of God, the Realization of Nirvana, of the Buddha-Mind or the Kingdom of Heaven.
That belief is an indication that people are searching within for the greater part of themselves and the greater part of the Cosmos — that which they cannot see.