Spiritual seeking is usually about achieving enlightenment - but there is confusion about the true meaning of enlightenment. Spiritual seekers have come to have the idea that the enlightened or self-realized sage is a kind of perfect being, totally disciplined, entirely in control of his mind and body, removed from the daily realities of existence, to whom everyone looks for guidance and who will protect his disciples from all life’s difficulties. Balsekar explains that nothing, could be further from the truth—but for many seekers this misconception is the source of complete confusion and serious suffering.
Balsekar shows us how confusion can be banished by simple acceptance—accepting that whatever exists in the moment is precisely as it is supposed to be, according to the Cosmic Law that is forever beyond the conception of the human intellect. Self-realization is not about being separate from the world and other people, but being at one with everything. It means understanding that one’s place in the fabric of all that exists in the moment has never been in one’s control. And with this understanding comes true peace.