Something I always say when you are doing self enquiry or any other contemplations and meditations, this is crucial:

"We think it's all about like, again, because of our modern mind, we almost think everything can be solved through some sort of technology. Right, oh, I just need to do it different, there must be some secret trick to inquiry, that's our technological mind-set. Sometimes that's a mindset that is very useful to us. But, we don't want to let that dominate our spirituality. Because as I witnessed, the intensity of the living inquiry that's more important than all the techniques. 


When somebody Just Has To Know. Even if that's kind of driving them half crazy for a while. And, that attitude is as important or more important than all the ways we work with that attitude, you know, the spiritual practices, the meditations and various inquiries and various different things, sort of practices. If we engage in the practices because they are practices, you know like, ok I just do these because this is what I'm told to do, and hopefully it will have some good effect. That's different than being engaged, when you're actually being deeply interested in what you're inquiring about, and what you're actually meditating upon. It's that quality of real, actual interest, something even more than interest. It is a kind of compulsion, I know I was saying earlier don't get taken in by compulsion, but there is/can be a kind of compulsion. And that's as valuable as anything else going on in you, actually."

- Adyashanti

This is related to Zen's great doubt, great faith and great perseverance. Especially the aspect of Great Doubt.

1 Response
  1. tao Says:

    Totally agree.

    In fact I think some kinds of vipassana meditation, are killing vipassana as clear view. Because they're too "guided" so you forget to be inquisitive, your real interest. You forget to look to see clear. There's no curiosity or investigation.

    Same to ask "who I am?" without really being highly interested in finding the answer yourself seems useless...

    I have the impression that to be really interested in finding the truth for yourself, this mindset, is the key point for Iamness realization...

    Later, after Iamness, meditation shikantaza-style maybe more important. But that will be later.