If God cannot be experienced through discourses from a spiritual preacher, knowledge from scriptures, and good deeds, what is their benefit for spiritual seekers? To answer this question, the Yogavasistha has a story to share.
Once, a tribesman lost a coin near a big heap of grass in a forest. Though he was financially well-off, he was a miser. Because he really needed his lost coin back, he searched for it in the forest for three days. He kept thinking that if he found the coin, he would invest it to make thousands. While he was searching, countless spectators laughed at him, but the tribesman kept searching fervently. After looking for three days, he did not find his original coin but succeeded in finding much more — a priceless jewel that could fulfil all the desires of its owner. The tribesman happily took the jewel and lived peacefully thereafter.
In this story, the tribesman worked hard towards a trivial goal, but his effort was rewarded with much more than what he looked for. Without searching for his coin, he could not have found the celestial jewel. Similarly, in order to succeed in our spiritual goals, we need to follow the path shown by our spiritual guru or scriptures with diligence. Though instruction from a guru or scriptures do not cause realization, as this text further explains, they may be essential to attaining it. Without searching for the all-pervading God, we may not be able to find him. Besides, if we find ourselves incapable of finding God, we can always request God to guide us towards himself.
Edited on August 26, 2019.