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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Light

"I remember once being in a place that was so dark I couldn't see my hand in front of my face. My emotional reaction was, 'I can't see anything! I don't know what is there!' But then I thought, 'What is it, then, that sees darkness? I am looking at darkness; my eyes are functioning and seeing darkness.' Then suddenly it became obvious to me that consciousness is light, that even in the dark there is light if you rest in conscious awareness. What your eyes see is darkness, but that is still seeing, isn't it? We usually think of light as coming from outside-- from the sun or an electric light bulb-- but consciousness is light, isn't it? But this is a light that is coming from within.

"Enlightenment is natural to each one of us; it is nature, not conditioned, not to be claimed as a unique gift that 'I have because I am a special kind of human being.' If you start operating in that way, you will be operating from delusion, won't you? But see that everybody is this; recognize it in everybody."

Ajahn Sumedho, Don't Take Your Life Personally, p. 394- 395.






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6 comments:

MeANderi said...

"Even in the dark there is light..."
Amen...

Beautiful quote... Christine

The Unreasonable Man said...

interesting that you're interested in seeking the light. and that with the grace of a perfect spiritual master, this is actually possible.
come to www.djjs.org or follow us on facebook at www.facebook.com/djjsworld and on twitter @djjsworld

Write to me at arjun.singhal@gmail.com to know more. Because when the activated palm of an absolute master rests on your head, he opens the third eye, or the divine eye. Over an instant you realize your divine self, and see light in the darkness within. With your eyes closed, you rise to the level of higher consciousness, and the light reveals the absolute truth, accompanied by holy nectar, the sound of Om and the Holy name. When all four are experienced by such a seeker, such be a perfect master or your Guru.

Mary said...

I think this is one of my favorite posts you've done Mom. Thanks! Love, Mary

herenow said...

I love Ajahn Sumedho's talks

a beautiful balance between pure awareness and the reflections on our ??? human conditions.

Colleen Loehr said...

Thank you Keith, Mary, and Christine for your comments. Somehow I missed seeing them earlier but I'm glad to see them now.

Jeff Patterson said...

This was so great - thanks for sharing it! I'd never thought of it this way.

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