Along the riverbank under the trees,
I discover footprints.
Even under the fragrant grass,
I see his prints.
Deep in remote mountains
they are found.
These traces can no more be
than one's nose, looking
Eventually the sincere seeker discovers that what must be investigated is the mind itself.
Perhaps the seeker has fortunate karma ripening, coming into contact with the Buddha Dharma.
It is when we stop looking to external things to save or liberate us.