Self-Realization and Traveling

Bhagavan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri wrote a wonderful poem:
Once you attain perfect inner peace, there is

No need to travel anywhere.

No need to see anything.

No need for pilgrimages to holy places.

All can be seen within.

…Coming and going are simply the mind’s delusions.

True peace, true liberation is attained

When the one Self in all is seen.

This is liberation from bondage,

This is desirelessness.

If you are looking for the object held in

Your hand,

Look in your hand—not elsewhere!

So with all things:

Test them within.

And yet, I’ve never been on a plane in my life. I want to travel and have the experience of taking a plane, not to attain anything, not to seek anything, but just to experience new parts of the world I’ve never seen, new facets of the cosmic Self.

I would reformulate Nityananda’s poem in the following way:

Once you attain perfect inner peace, there is
Nothing stopping you from travelling anywhere, seeing anything.
Nothing wrong with pilgrimage to holy places.

All can be seen within,
and yet the world is worth exploring nonetheless.
Coming and going are simply the mind’s delusions,
And yet awareness unveils new beautiful lands when travels are made.
True peace, true liberation is attained

When the one Self in all is seen…
And yet seeing the Self in all makes everything all the more dear,
All the more valuable, all the more worth experiencing
And seeing with new liberated vision,
Reveals all in its true form, unobscured by the mind.

This is liberation from bondage,
This is desirelessness,
Which makes traveling all the more worthwhile
Since it is not bound to craving and attachment.
If you are looking for the object held in your hand,
Look in your hand–not elsewhere;
And yet, when you find it anywhere,
You find it everywhere.
Wheresoever you turn, there it is.
So test with all things;
Test them all within
And appreciate also the world outsidet,
Which is nonseparate from it.

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