August 1, 2009


In many religious traditions, light is symbolic for the presence of
divinity. In 1 John 1:5, we read,
"God is light and in him is no
darkness at all."
Yeshua says in the Gospel of John, "I AM the
light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness."

(John 8:12) Followers of Christ live in that light, which illumines
the outward path as well as the inward way to union with the
Divine. Enlightenment is the term used to express this union in
both Buddhism and Hinduism. Ultimate truth is illumined
when one transcends maya, the veil of illusion. Amitabha, the
Buddha of Infinite Light, presides over Sukhavati, the Pure Land
of Bliss. It is said that,
"If, sentient beings encounter his light, their
three defilements are removed; they feel tenderness, joy and
pleasure; and good thoughts arise. If sentient beings in the three
realms of suffering see his light, they will all be relieved and freed
from affliction. At the end of their lives, they all reach

The Divine Light is present within all of us. The Quaker religion
is based upon this precept. In fact, they refer to themselves as
“Children of the Light.” Quaker theologian Dr. Anne K. Riggs,
tells us how to get in touch with the inner light. “In silence
which is active, the Inner Light begins to grow from a tiny spark.
For the flame to be kindled and to grow, subtle argument and
the clamor of our emotions must be stilled. It is by an attention
full of love that we enable the Inner Light to blaze and
illuminate our dwelling and to make of our whole being a source
from which this Light may shine out.” This can be likened to the
practice of meditation found in Buddhism, Christianity, Sikhism,
and Hinduism. All share an understanding of stillness and
inward silence in order to be filled with and transformed by the
pure light of God.

"I am blind and do not see the things of this world; but when the
light comes from above, it enlightens my heart and I can see, for
the Eye of my heart sees everything; and through this vision I
can help my people.  The heart is a sanctuary at the center of
which there is a little space, wherein the Great Spirit dwells, and
this is the Eye.  This is the Eye of the Great Spirit by which He
sees all things, and through which we see Him.  If the heart is
not pure, the Great Spirit cannot be seen." -Black Elk, Sioux

The Divine Light Invocation:
Swami Sivananda Radha developed a means of coming in touch
with our inner Divine Light. She said to
make the following
affirmation to yourself, silently and with all the concentration

I am created by Divine Light
I am sustained by Divine Light
I am protected by Divine Light
I am surrounded by Divine Light
I am ever growing into Divine Light.

Acknowledge silently to yourself: Every cell of this, my physical
body, is filled with Divine Light. Every level of consciousness is
illumined with Divine Light. Divine Light penetrates every single
cell of my being, every level of consciousness. I have become a
channel of pure Light. I am one with the Light.

In spiritual artwork, the shining halo surrounding religious saints
and holy ones indicates that they are filled with Divine light. We
too can emanate the Light of the Creator into creation. Jesus said,
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be
hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket,
but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”

Discover the Divine Light within you, and go into the world and
share its beauty and peace with all.

Further Suggested Reading:

Buddha of Infinite Light: The Teachings of Shin Buddhism, the
Japanese Way of Wisdom and Compassion by Daisetz T. Suzuki

Light Within: Meditiation as Pure Prayer by Laurence Freeman

The Divine Light Invocation: A Healing Meditation by Swami
Sivananda Radha

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May the Lord bless you and keep you
May the Lord's face shine upon you
And bring you peace


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