This is an article series on how ancient sages, prophets, mystics and saints practiced otherworldly wisdom and the miraculous. The purpose of this series is to inspire and empower. This is article #9 in the series. Earlier articles in the series can be found here: Ancient Otherworldly Wisdom.
The Upanishads (spiritual writings of ancient India), describe the highest Source as “a light brighter than ten thousand suns”. They teach that one should visualize and meditate on the brightest light imaginable, for extended periods of time. One would thereby be filled with light and naturally reach a higher consciousness level.
Without knowing these particular texts, I did exactly that when I was 14 years old. I focused on a shining light for 7 hours straight, with eyes closed and without falling asleep. And I did achieve an extraordinarily high state of consciousness that lasted for several weeks (described in one of my books, I forget which).
Astronomers have already found things that are brighter than ten thousand suns. For example Quasars. Quasars are said to be the cores of early galaxies. There is a Quasar astronomers have called J043947 that shines with the equivalent to 600 trillion suns from a distance of 12.8 Billion light-years to earth. Now that is bright! It is so bright that it defies imagination. So bright that we can see it from such a mind-boggling distance. If you thought the Upanishads “brighter than ten thousand suns” was extraordinary, you haven’t seen a Quasar!
I share this, of course, to give you a feeling of the enormity of the Universe you live in.
Consider: The core of an atom is brightness. The core of star is brightness. The core of a solar system is brightness (in its sun/star). The core of a galaxy is brightness. It therefore follows, that the core of the Universe is also brightness. Even though we cannot see the core or source of the Universe with our naked eye, we can extrapolate that it must be an extremely bright light, because all cores and sources in the Universe that we do see, are bright lights.
When therefore ancient cosmologies say that the Source-of-All-things is Light, they are probably right. The Source or Core of a thing – any thing that exists, is bright light, both in a physical sense and in a spiritual sense.
The ancient vedic text Bhagavad Gita says in its Chapter 8:
These light and dark are beginningless and eternal as the material universes; the former leads to salvation, Nirvana and the latter leads to rebirth.
That means that the highest state of en-light-ment or Nirvana is to return to the Light, merge with the Light, become the Light. That is our final destination as Souls.
The New Testament of the Bible says:
God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
The Old Testament of the Bible says:
“God said let there be light, and there was light”
God is the Lord who has shown us Light.
The Quran says this:
When you have accepted the Light, O beloved, When you behold what is veiled without a veil, Like a star you will walk upon the heavens.
The divine say it:
If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of Light.
This means that if your heart is focused on the highest Light only, your body will be full of light.
“How many sources of light are in the world
By means of which the world is illumined?
We have come to ask the Blessed One this:
How are we to understand it?”
“There are four sources of light in the world;
A fifth one is not found here.
The sun shines by day,
The moon glows at night,
And fire flares up here and there
Both by day and at night.
But the awakened one is the best of those that shine:
He is the light unsurpassed.”
Just like the light of the stars congregate around the central light and the planets congregate around the sun, humans congregate around the light of cities, the family congregates in the room where the lamps are on and electrons circle a nucleus. Everything in the Universe revolves around the Light. Everything is in Orbit. The brighter the light, the stronger the power and energy.
If you ever don’t know what to think about or visualize, then think of Light. It’s one of the best things you can think about. Your body is electromagnetic. Your body is also a producer of electricity and heat. So again, you are light not only in a spiritual sense, but in a very tangible, physical sense.
If you ever wish to clear your home of gloomy vibes, let in the sunlight. Light creates a better mood.
The word Light itself, derives from the Latin word “Lux”. The same word is also the root for “Luxury”. Light and Luxury have the same root. Luxury however, is the external light and Spirituality is the internal light. Those who have little inner energy or light, overemphasize external luxury. And those who have a lot of inner light, sometimes neglect any external display of riches. Ideally one can balance inner light and outer light. Finally, rather than looking for the light, I recommend you be the light. Why? Because:
When you shine a light for another, you light your own path.