‘I was a hidden treasure and I wanted to be known’.
This is a famous Hadis [Hadith] in Islam. The words were quoted to me by a friend many years ago and remained in my mind. What is this treasure? It must be the same as that described in the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads, the white flame in the cave within the heart [nihitam guhyam], indestructible, eternal, smaller than the smallest, larger than the largest. It must be the same as ‘the pearl beyond price’, mentioned in the New Testament.
Why don’t more people seek this treasure? It can’t be sought through money, success, friends or family. All mystics seek it, and perhaps some find it. Maybe we can learn from them.