Three Stages

joejo's picture

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"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you".

I want to elucidate on the three stages which I feel if followed could save one a lot of trouble in their spiritual journey. If I may take the quote given above and alter it slightly the three stages are very clear.

Seek First. It is necessary to seek the correct path first. There are right paths that lead to Truth and others that lead to Darkness and many in between that make the journey winding and uncertain. The True path will help you find what is needed to be asked.

Ask Second. Asking is not a casual exercise. Let me give an example. If a person has not sought the right path first or made sure if the path that has been found is a right one then he or she may fall into a trap by asking for siddhi (psychic powers) or worldly gains like becoming a Guru etc. This will lead him or her astray.

Knock Third. The door of Truth can be reached only if one has sought the right path and asked for the right things. To come to the door is one thing and to gather oneself up or fully integrate all that has been learned is another. For until we can give our all and follow the advice

"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind",

the door would not open.

tiru's picture


This is beautiful.

And the compass on this curvy path of seek-ask-knock is... total sincerity. Sincerity with oneself.

tiru | Mon, 01/30/2012 - 13:32
Gilana's picture


Hi Joejo!

I like your advice...and I have a story that is along the same lines. I went to Paramahansa Yogananda's center in Pacific Palisades when I was about twenty. I was deeply attached to finding a spiritual friend or teacher and I didn't know where else to look. I went to the chapel once, twice, and finally three different occasions always to find it locked.

The third time I got so frustrated that I gave the door a swift kick. I then sat down to pout. To my surprise, the door opened and one of the spiritual guys (monks? disciples?) leaned out and said, "Knock and it shall be opened unto you." I finally, sheepishly, got to go in!

Gilana | Wed, 02/01/2012 - 07:43