The inner Light is beyond both praise and blame, like unto space it knows no boundaries; yet it is right here with us ever retaining its serenity and fullness. You cannot take hold of it nor cay you get rid of it; while you can do neither, it goes on its own way. You remain silent and it speaks; you speak and it is silent. The Gate of Heaven is wide open with no obstructions whatever before it. (Yung-chia 665-713, Chinese Zen Master)
This is the truth: as from a fire aflame thousands of sparks come forth, even so from the Creator an infinity of beings have life and to Him return again. Radiant is His Light, yet invisible in the secret place of the heart…He is self-luminous and more subtle than the smallest; but in Him rest all the worlds and their beings…In the supreme golden chamber is Brahman indivisible and pure. He is the radiant Light of all lights, and this knows he who knows Brahman. There the sun shines not, nor the moon, nor the stars; lightnings shine not there and much less earthly fire. From His Light all these give light; and His Radiance illumines all creation. (Mundaka Upanishad)
To experience “I am Light and Light is me” is conscious awareness of the absolute Truth…This Light illumines light as well as darkness. Radiance is the basis of all. Out of Light, beings emerge; into the Light, beings dissolve. This entire universe is born of Light, exists in Light, and merges into Light. The supreme Light, the radiance of the Truth, is the source of the cosmos. In Light there is bliss. Wherever the experience of Light appears, along with it arises great joy. One delights in this illumination. Light is God and God is Light. This is the unchanging Truth. (Gurumayi)
Where all splendors are in the Light and all darkness in the dark – brilliant Light and gloomy darkness! I praise that Transcendent Supreme Light. Always new, hidden, yet old and apparent to all. Within the cave of the heart, the Ultimate shines alone with the brilliance of the Supreme. (Atma Nidhi)
Human industry must be joined to grace if the spiritual eye is to be opened. So long as the eye which looks upon time fills itself with things and usurps the conscious field, that spiritual eye which looks upon eternity can hardly act at all: and this eye must not only be opened, it must be trained, so that it may endure to gaze steadfastly at the Uncreated Light.
(Underhill, Mysticism: Introversion, Recollection and Quiet)
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