That Which Reveals
What is light anyway and how does it reveal?
Esoterically “light is that which reveals.”
Light can exist in darkness and not reveal as in the statement of John about “the light which shineth in the darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not.”
For a physical correspondence of this just look up at the night sky. If we eliminate the stars what are we looking at? We are looking at billions and billions of square miles of intense light from the sun, yet what do we see?
Why do we see blackness?
Because the light of the Sun is shining in the darkness and those in the darkness (us) do not comprehend (see) the light.
The interesting thing is that even though we do not see it, the light is still there passing as intense wavelengths through the vacuum of space.
So when the light shines in the darkness they who are in darkness do not see the light. So when is the light seen?
The light is comprehended when the Light shines ON the darkness.
When light falls on a form in darkness contrast is thus produced and the light is then comprehended.
What is the source of the greater light?
There are three lights within the range of the consciousness of man:
(1) The light of matter
(2) the light of the soul
(3) The light of the monad, or our highest spiritual essence, which is the originating power of our ability to decide.
These three lights produce vision when shining ON darkness or the higher light shining on the lower light.
As the moon reflects the light of the sun it becomes visible and comes into view of the seer.
Correspondingly, when we allow our soul to reflect the light of the Spirit toward our inner eyes then we see truth.
When we become one with the soul then our attention is shifted toward the greater light of the monad and when this shift is made the soul becomes as darkness and higher vision is obtained when the greater light shines ON the light of the soul.
Light can become darkness and that which was darkness can become light and the interplay of the two produces vision.
The true Seer can by a shifting of his attention have the power to see in the higher as well as the lower worlds.
Most of us are stuck with seeing only in this world, but soul contact is the key that opens the door to all higher vision.
The lowest correspondent of the two higher lights is night and day as commonly understood. This throws light of the phrase” “the dark night of the soul.”
To one who has his attention centered on physical light the light of the soul is as night and does not reveal. But later the soul reveals its great light as the downward focused eyes are lifted. Then later as the greater light is seen the soul has a second dark night, but this time the dark is a contrast that reveals joy.
Now let us move to another seed thought. In doing this I realize that some teachers recommend spending a month on one thought but for teaching purposes we must move onward. You may find though that as you think on the past thought now and again you may, at an unexpected moment, receive a new flash of inspiration.
New Seed Thought:
“I am the light of the world.”
What comes to you as you think on this my friends?
Question: Do you have any problems with Lao Tzu’s statements about one, two and three?
Overall Lao Tzu statements about the one and the many are harmonious with my thinking. Take this quote for instance:
“TAO produces Unity;
Unity produces Duality;
Duality produces Triplicity;
In Triplicity all things have life, and from it they proceed.”
Question: What did HPB actually say in regard to one and two and what was your interpretation of her words?
She said quite a few things. If you have a specific quote I’ll be happy to quote on it, but do not have time to expound on such a broad topic.
Here are several interesting things Blavatsky said about the one life, creation etc.
“It is the ONE LIFE, eternal, invisible, yet Omnipresent, without beginning or end, yet periodical in its regular manifestations, between which periods reigns the dark mystery of non-Being; unconscious, yet absolute Consciousness; unrealisable, yet the one self-existing reality; truly, ‘a chaos to the sense, a Kosmos to the reason.’ Its one absolute attribute, which is ITSELF, eternal, ceaseless Motion, is called in esoteric parlance the ‘Great Breath,’* which is the perpetual motion of the universe, in the sense of limitless, ever-present SPACE. That which is motionless cannot be Divine. But then there is nothing in fact and reality absolutely motionless within the universal soul.” Secret Doctrine, Vol 1, Pg 2
“For, ‘just as a human being is composed of seven principles, differentiated matter in the Solar System exists in seven different conditions’. So does Fohat.* He is One and Seven, and on the Cosmic plane is behind all such manifestations as light, heat, sound, adhesion, etc., etc., and is the ‘spirit’ of ELECTRICITY, which is the LIFE of the Universe. As an abstraction, we call it the ONE LIFE; as an objective and evident Reality, we speak of a septenary scale of manifestation, which begins at the upper rung with the One Unknowable CAUSALITY, and ends as Omnipresent Mind and Life immanent in every atom of Matter. Thus, while science speaks of its evolution through brute matter, blind force, and senseless motion, the Occultists point to intelligent LAW and sentient LIFE, and add that Fohat is the guiding Spirit of all this.” Secret Doctrine, Vol 1, Pg 139
“The ONE LIFE is closely related to the one law which governs the World of Being — KARMA. Exoterically, this is simply and literally ‘action,’ or rather an ‘effect-producing cause.’ Esoterically it is quite a different thing in its far-fetching moral effects.” Secret Doctrine, Vol 1, Pg 634
“Becoming through periodical manifestation a manifold Universe or a multiple personality, that Unity would cease to be one. Locke’s idea that ‘pure Space is capable of neither resistance nor Motion’ — is incorrect. Space is neither a ‘limitless void,’ nor a ‘conditioned fulness,’ but both: being, on the plane of absolute abstraction, the ever-incognisable Deity, which is void only to finite minds…” Secret Doctrine, Vol 1, Pg 8
August 9, 2000
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