I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him, “Where are you going?”
And this he told me…
I’m going on down to Yasgur’s Farm,
I’m gonna join in a rock and roll band.
I’m gonna camp out on the land.
I’m gonna get my soul free.
We are Stardust.
We are Golden.
And we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.
Since that time of Woodstock, where hippies gathered to celebrate their new-found shining selves (The Shining Ones), we have held a fascination for The Light. This is true of many of us who shunned the Church and its traditional teachings for something more appealing and often found in far flung places. By our thousands we turned instead to the New Age gurus both near and far, to point us towards The Light. Be it in a yoga meditation class, where light meditation ended each class, or while sitting meditating quietly on our own, we rekindled The Light within. We wanted to become the “New Shining ones”, the redeemers of the age.
Who are The Shining Ones? I had an “aha” moment of sorts when reading about them. Seems like The real passé Shining Ones have not been around lately. Perhaps they are keeping a low profile for the moment. We have to consult the Holy Books to fully understand the Shining Ones. I mean, what exactly was that blinding luminous vision of Christ that Saul of Tarsus saw on his way to Damascus, or Arjuna’s vision of Lord Krishna in Kurukshetra ? The experience of the transcendental Reality has often been associated with brilliance, splendor and light: The Bhagavad Gita states:
“If a thousand suns should rise all at one In the sky,
Such slender would resemble
The splendour of that great Being..
Who was filled with amazement,
Whose hair was standing on end,
Bowing his head to the Lord
With joined palms, said:
…With infinite power, without
Beginning, middle, or end,
With innumerable arms, the moon and
Sun being Your eyes,
I see You, the blazing fire Your mouth,
Burning all this universe with Your radiance..”
Chap. 11 v.12,14,19. Bhagavad Gita
Fascinating and awesome as such visions might be, the experience of light ought not be the final goal. If that were so, The Bhagavad Gita would have ended with the Eleventh Teaching. But it does not. According to Krishna Himself, the Supreme state is that which the sun does not illumine, nor the moon, nor the fire, for it is the Light of Pure Consciousness. These worlds are analogous to those found in the Svetasvatara (6.14) and the Katha Upanishad. (5.15).
Here is an excellent example of Light from Shri Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur, known as Babuji to his associates. For almost fifty years he taught meditation on the ‘divine light in the heart’, according to the Sahaj Marg system of Raja Yoga. In the Voice Real, he writes:
“Every saint has used the word ‘Light’ and that is the best expression for Reality. But that creates some complications, because when we talk of ‘light’, the idea of luminosity becomes prominent and we begin to take it as glittering. The Real Light carries with it no such sense and may be represented as ‘light without luminosity.’ It refers only to the real substance or, more appropriately, to
‘substance-less, substance,’ which is associated with neither light nor darkness but beyond both..”
So until the substance-less, substance, “The Ultimate Reality” is realized in all its splendor, just let Your Little Light Shine. Just saying. 🙂
Here’s one of the most important prayers in the Hindu Tradition:
Asoto ma sat gamaya,
Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya,
Mrityor ma amritam gamaya.
From falsehood lead me to Truth,
…From darkenss lead me to Light,
From death lead me to Immortality.
– The Pavamana-Mantras, from the Brihadaranyaka Unipanishad.
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