Here is the entire quote from Swami Muktananda:
“You, the traveler, are what you are seeking.
Everything is within you.
The supreme inner stillness… is your destination.
It is God, the Self, Consciousness.”
In me? Me, the one who is often confused and filled with unhappy thoughts and ideas, behaviors that surely could not fit into anything considered God. How could it be that I am seeking myself? That all answers are contained in me? To ourselves and to a world that looks more to the exterior aspects of ourselves rather than to the grace that dwells within us, this seems a radical and egocentric concept.
“Neither shall they say, Lo here, or Lo there for
behold, the kingdom of heaven is within you.”
So said Jesus, the Christ
Every true religion, spiritual path, and great philosophy has held this belief in common. Why should we debate and argue about it so much? While I spent many years contemplating and doing just that, arguing the point, I was finally, through an experience called shaktipat (a spiritual awakening sometimes called a divine spark) brought to a place of wisdom where the Truth of those words were made clear. All of us, every one of us, carries this divine Truth within ourselves, even when we are not aware of it, find it incomprehensible, or just plain ridiculous.
Whatever we believe or don’t believe does not alter the Truth. Would it be so bad to think that you don’t have to look outside yourself to find the essence of love and compassion? How hard would it be to offer respect and love to yourself instead of trying to pry it from outside yourself? Maybe all the self-doubt and guilt and unforgiveness that we heap on ourselves is a totally wasted effort that spins us into cycle after cycle of more negativity in life. Give yourself a break! Stop the world and get off for a minute. Take a look at that place in your heart where love abides eternally!
“I am the Truth. I am He whom I love, and He whom I love is I”
Sufi Al Hallaj
Think about it! What if it is all true? Imagine!