" beings are "from the very beginning without one thing." This is a universal truth that goes beyond conceptions of past and present or East and West. Nevertheless, our temporal existence is characterized by a ceaseless struggle to acquire things in the material world: power, knowledge, fame, beauty, wealth, and so on.
However, even those who attempt to earn the largest fortune cannot carry it with them when death inevitably comes. On the contrary, the more wealth there is the more difficult it becomes to part with it, thus causing even more suffering. Even love, when it becomes the object of attachment, is transformed into slavery. "True love" has nothing to do with possession: it is giving.
What we must learn during our lifetime is Truth. In life, the victorious are those who have learned this lesson, and who have succeeded in putting it into practice. "Awakening" is nothing other than living according to this truth. Those engaged in spiritual practice cannot be satisfied with passing their time in a worldly manner. Instead, they reach Awakening by anchoring their practice and meditation in Truth. To put it differently, awakening is our essential nature and is already embedded within ourselves. The only necessary act is to get rid of the ego, and the "this is mine" thoughts that prevent actualization of Truth. This constitutes the totality of our learning and our practice.
The revelation comes that our True Self exists "from the very beginning without one thing." Thus,we would give up everything of ourselves for the good. It is because through the act of giving, good is done for others and for oneself. This, because the world is an expression of "what is One," as every thing is the manifestation of the Eternal Being.
"Not one thing,
[yet] from this [flows] an inexhaustible treasury."
Satguru Shri Mahayogi Paramahansa
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