A selection of favourite word-weavings on the theme that underpins this blog, beginning and closing with beloved Rumi.
I drank that wine of which the soul is its vessel.
Its ecstasy has stolen my intellect away.
A light came and kindled a flame
in the depth of my soul.
A light so radiant that
the sun orbits around it
like a butterfly.
I, the light of pure Knowing, can never be seen as an object or known as a state,
and yet all objects and states shine with My light alone.
– Rupert Spira
The great, shining light of divinity is not a light you can see;
it’s a light that sees.
Life is this simple: we are living in a world that is absolutely transparent
and the divine is shining through it all the time.
This is not just a nice story or a fable,
it is true.
– Thomas Merton
Such love does
the sky now pour,
that whenever I stand in a field,
I have to wring out the light
when I get
– St. Francis of Assisi
Meditation is that light in the mind which lights the way for action;
and without that light there is no love.
– J Krishnamurti
You are the light of the world.
You are the consciousness that illuminates the world.
Know yourself as that, and that’s freedom, liberation, awakening,
the end of suffering and madness.
– Eckhart Tolle
Vast is That, and self-luminous, of unthinkable form, and subtler than the atom.
It shines forth, farther than the far, and yet It is very near, for those who see,
residing in the shrine of the heart of every being.
– Mundaka Upanashad
The lamps are different, but the Light is the same.
So many garish lamps in the dying brain’s lamp-shop.
Forget about them.
and this Light does know all other light as its shadow
Image credit and first Rumi poem – Amrita Nadi on Facebook
the one from St. Francis spoke to me today. lovely.
Isn’t that incredible imagery – wringing oneself out of drenching Light? Ahhhh. Thanks for sharing your response Monica. (I’m glad you are blogging again!)
Lovely writings! I am “inspired” 🙂
Thank you dear Christine – inspiration strikes here, too!
‘Light’ is an experience, and there is no better experience than light — which illumines everything.
Thanks for your comment Alberto. I don’t want to seem to be splitting hairs, but imho it’s crucial to realise that the Light referred to here is not an experience. It is, rather, the unknowable self-luminous Pure Consciousness in which existence, with its infinite display of experiences, arises. Precisely our inescapable primordial nature.
– your friend ml
But that is exactly what I meant by ‘Light’ Miriam: ‘our primordial nature’; what else could it be? I know why people in non-duality avoid the word ‘experience’ at all costs, but contemplating a beautiful object (sunset, etc.), for example, the ‘object’ disappears as an object; only ‘Myself’ (or Beauty, or Love) remains, without words or labels being added (Inevitably, words and labels are being used now).
Sri Atmananda puts it this way:
“A sage knows well that consciousness is self-luminous and that it is consciousness that illumines the entire world. He knows also that his real nature is consciousness and experience and cannot as such be known or experienced. Hence he does not desire or make any attempt to know it or experience it.”
Excellent! Thank you dear Alberto. I was confident of your understanding of the intimacy of the Great Light, however many people find it difficult to let go of the assumption that this is some THING that they must find and experience outside of their own beingness. The comments thread is good for clarifying these points, in case anyone is interested…
Wonderful quote from Sri Atmananda!
Thanks again – ml