Douglas Harding | Richard Rose | Franklin Merrell-Wolff
Harding's true seeing or revelation of the perfectly obvious came to him at age 33, coming out of the blue although following several months of intense inquiry into the question "What am I?"
He later wrote about it as "a simple and universal medicine for this sickness-unto-death" of ordinary life.
He pointed out that, no matter how many successes along the way, "in the end they leave the wayfarer profoundly unsatisfied. There remains an ache, an undefined longing." Only the final Breakthrough leads us to the end of craving. This final breakthrough occurred for him many years later, following a period that he equated with the "dark night of the soul" described by John of the Cross.
Like all true teachers, Harding points out the paradox involved in trying to describe anything absolute:
If we may talk at all of peak experiences, this (as the Buddha assures us) is the highest of them, and it's inseparable from the lowest of valley experiences. Depth is heights, read the other way round; infinite abasement is infinite exaltation; total self-loss is total self-fulfilment. This is how to get your way, at last, by stopping all pretense and being yourself.
Richard Rose | Franklin Merrell-Wolff | Douglas Harding
Rose's seeing into his true nature or becoming one with the Absolute occurred at age 30, following a lifetime of searching for God or Truth punctuated by many traumas. As an endpiece in Profound Writings, East & West, he published the following poem that summarizes what he found and the path he followed:
I come to you as a man selling air,
And you will think twice at the offer and price,
And you will argue that nothing is there,
Although we know that it is everywhere.
I bring a formula largely untold
Of forces, mixed with between and betwixt,
And only seen when allowed to unfold,
And better felt when the body is cold.
I have a map to the home of the soul,
Beyond the mind is a golden find
The paradox is a guide to the goal
Though doubt is sacred, each man is the Whole.