We spend our days in the familiar world of the five senses, but what lies beyond that, if anything, we have no idea. A vast world is waiting to be explored. But most of us are happy to stay where we are. We may even be a bit afraid to venture into the unknown. What would be the point? we ask. Why should we leave the familiar world we know?
Yet there are a few who are not content to spend their lives indoors. Simply knowing there is something unknown beyond our reach makes us acutely restless. We have this innate yearning to see what lies outside, beyond the horizon, “because it’s there.”
This is true of adventurers of every kind, but especially of those who seek to explore not mountains or jungles, but consciousness itself – whose real drive, we might say, is not so much to know the unknown as to know the Knower of All Life. Such people can be found in every age and every culture. While the rest of us stay put, they quietly slip out to see what lies beyond.Eknath Eswaran