WHO IS THE SEEKER HERE AND WHO IS THE SOUGHT
That they should continue to come despite my obvious unworthiness has made it plain to me that His love does not look for merit; it is unconditional and waits only for an excuse to flow. This has led me to ponder, "Who is the seeker here, and who is the Sought?"
Bayazid of Bistami, an eleventh-century Perfect Master, provides the answer in a statement he once made to his close ones:
At the beginning I was mistaken in four respects: I concerned myself to remember God, to know Him to Love Him and to seek Him.
And when I had come to the end, I saw that He had remembered me before I remembered Him, that His knowledge of me had preceded my knowledge of Him, His love towards me had existed before my love for Him, and He had sought me before I had sought Him.
THE SAMADHI — THE STAR OF INFINITY, p. 34-35
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