A few wise words from the great sage, Nisargadatta Maharaj, on the nature of self-realisation, which I recently shared on the Facebook Page
Often within the topic of inner peace or spirituality, we are still experience-hunting, searching for that ever-perfect experience of what is called enlightenment or self-realisation. This searching for experience is the same sorrow that is also experienced as searching for something "external" to finally make us fulfilled. The quote below sums it up extremely well, and helps the mind-strain of searching be relinquished.....
"Questioner: Does self-realisation happen in matter, or beyond? Is it not an experience depending on the body and the mind for its occurrence?
Nisargadatta Maharaj: All experience is illusory, limited and temporal. Expect nothing from experience. Realisation by itself is not an experience, though it may lead to a new dimension of experiences. Yet the new experiences, however interesting, are not more real than the old. Definitely realisation is not a new experience. It is the discovery of the timeless factor in every experience. It is awareness, which makes experience possible. Just like in all the colours light is the colourless factor, so in every experience awareness is present, yet it is not an experience.
Questioner: If awareness is not an experience, how can it be realised?
Nisargadatta Maharaj: Awareness is ever there. It need not be realised. Open the shutter of the mind, and it will be flooded with light."
- From the book "I Am That"