First a seeker should be clear about what he is seeking: is he seeking the truth or is he seeking God. If it is God that he or she is seeking, that will not work by itself. God cannot be comprehended, that is known/realised, without a substantial comprehension of the visible reality. To attempt that will only end up in a lifetime of self-delusion and frustrations. This is because God needs to cooperate with the individual for the knowledge of God to be made possible. And God does not just reveal Himself to people just like that for no good reason. This raises the question of what the process of realisation comprises for the individual, and who is in fact a true seeker on the right path that leads to that doubt-free knowledge.
The true seeker is one who literally seeks realisation. He tries to learn as much as possible and get to know what is real and what is unreal in the world and the universe with a total scepticism of all external sources of knowledge that he comes across by focussing on his inner truth with a steadfast abhorrence of falsehoods, deceptions and cover ups to try an raise truth to the surface with full transparency of himself and what he discovers at all times. He will combine all aspects of learning to seek and attain truth at its highest levels. He or she must make this endeavour a part and parcel of his entire existence in everything that he or she does. It will require considerable studies and perseverance for which patience is a virtue. The attempt to find out about God is an intrinsic part of this process of truth-seeking. To be in a position to succeed in ones search, all opportunities and involvements must be utilised as a source of knowledge from which one is enhancing ones understanding and the mind moves steadily towards realisation. Thus realisation is a process and never an end point. Even when God has been irreversibly realised the process will continue because it is a form of living; living the truth. Through the process, the irreversible and doubt-free realisation of God may or may not materialise. Whether this position is reached or not is unimportant: the fact that truth is being attained is a massive reward in itself as one inexorably moves towards increasing clarity and pristine understanding as the only goal that matters so that one is living fruitfully in a good existence. But to reach a point where one is actually living with God is meaningful for one then knows that one then cannot put a foot wrong in this world.
To make this process work not only should one be seeking the truth, one must at the same time accommodate oneself in the truth that one discovers. It implies an acceptance of reality at every stage of the process and contentment with one’s situation. Only the person who is doing this will be a true seeker because he is on the truth-path. For that one must be totally detached from everything, including from God or its opposite view-point of atheism, or indeed from any other ‘isms’ or objectives which are all ultimately treated as short-term stepping stones serving the process of truth-seeking. The road is indeed long and hard and there is no guarantee that this truth path will lead to the ultimate end point of realisation, that is living with God. One may swing like a pendulum between atheism and theism along the way as nothing can be taken for granted. That is the level of detachment from ideas and desires that is required to be a true seeker. One does not need to ‘seek opportunities for service’ as such as that is also an attachment that one needs to free oneself from. The only way that this is a consideration as part of one’s dharma is if the right path has been followed. I describe this as the process of satya-advaita, or truth accomodation. It leads to the point where there is an irreversible acknowledgement of God as being the ultimate in truth consciousness but the amount of work required is so considerable that even Bhagavad Gita is clear: that only one in millions will attain the ultimate irreversible and uncertainty-free God-realisation.
God may play a part in this process of realisation: but he may only come to people who are ready for that ultimate knowledge. So the seeking has to follow a path of spiritual perfection that is devoted to the sanctity of truth. Even then there is no certainty that God will intervene in one’s life to make realisation complete.
There has to be good reason for one to go in search of God; if there is no good reason to seek God what would one be seeking and what purpose will that serve? To simply want to know whether God exists or not is not by itself a good reason to seek God and He may consequently not oblige such individuals so that their chances of getting anywhere near attaining that point in realisation when one would actually be living with God is negligible. If on the other hand one sincerely believes that He exists and then goes looking for Him for His protection or favours in this world through ones prayers or is in need of an explanation even of why one is a believer in such a Being as God, that might be a legitimate reason to start seeking the truth about God as to whether he truly exists to which He may well respond through revelations. Or He may just select people for the ultimate truth if He sees them as serving a useful mission that He wants them to fulfil on Earth, through so-called avatars/incarnations. Further, if a person just seeks knowledge of the visible world intensely God may decide to assist that person in his or her quest if He considers that the person has a heart that deserves divine assistance in his quest for truth. This is why I recommend seeking knowledge of the world around us first and to do so through oneness with truth or satya-advaita. If all those practicising satya-advaita in this way benefit finally from a full realisation of God then only will we know that it is a generally-applicable truth consciousness capturing spiritual process. For now I can only state that this was my chosen path which I now describe as the truth path because it led to my present compulsion of wanting to and actually living with God in all my day-to-day activities and which has therefore completed my understanding of the full process of realisation.
Not everyone seeks. Most people cannot be bothered and look upon spiritual people as clinically mad. Many become atheists because they do not know how to seek: they apply the scientific process to determine the truth about God and God is beyond scientific probing. God can only be approached through a spiritual process of connectivity. Not searching for the truth of one’s divine consciousness as being the God principle in us is an inhibitory influence on our minds that limits our intelligence and creativity to survive well in the world from the acquisition of knowledge.
My experience makes me confidently state that Hinduism’s Satyameva Jayate is indeed true. My definition of Satyamev Jayate is: Long will truth live and endure for there is no higher discipline than truth. Truth is eternal because it is an expression of reality which has always been and will always be.