Most of us are restless and we feel we lack something. We attribute this feeling of lack and restlessness to missing something external and we search the outside world trying to find out what that thing is. We search for it in relationships, circumstances, places and things. We think if we find the perfect partner we will find satisfaction and love. We think if we can have the money, the house, the car, the children, the honor and acceptance we will feel fulfilled. We seek the thing that is outside hoping it will bring fulfillment inside. What we are looking for is the awakening within that will reveal God.
God plays this game with himself. He becomes us and then he forgets that he has become us and feels like a separate individual. But he permeates everything with grace, the power of revelation. That power is a constant yearning for happiness and satisfaction. It is what drives us to seek, to long for fulfillment. Generally, we search for it in the outside world, mainly because we have been conditioned to look there and because our senses are outwardly focused. But all the bits of joy we receive from the outside world are fleeting and we return to our seeking because we never find that permanent thing we are searching for.
God does not want to suffer. He has become us and He feels and experiences everything that we experience and feel because He is us. He is not fond of this suffering. He leads us to the discovery, to the goal of bliss, through what feels blissful. Unfortunately, most do not discover that the bliss is inside and so we search for the shadows of bliss in the fulfillment of desires and pleasures. We miss the goal until we turn within. God is within us. Bliss is within us. It remains hidden by the monkey mind, but beneath that mental activity lies the stillness, the silence, the pure awareness, the bliss consciousness, the absolute presence that is God, that is the Self.
Until we begin to calm the mind and experience that pure, still, universal consciousness that is the source of the mind, the goal will remain hidden. Revealing, uncovering, realizing what we truly already are is the only real happiness, the only permanent bliss, the only true satisfaction. This is why we practice; to gain both the understanding and experience that we are that consciousness, that we are one with God.