"When all visible light is extinguished, one finds the light of the self."
- The Upanishads
"The Sun of the One I love has risen in the night,
Resplendent, and there will be no more sunset...
I saw my Lord with the eye of the heart, and I
"Who are you?" and he said, "Your Self."
- Al Hallâj
"...mystics come to this innate
capacity through a process of letting go of the ego and the conceptual
system. This is especially clear in William Chittuck's article on Ibn al'Arabi,
the Sufi who teaches that it is but self-centeredness that "conceals the sun"
of the innate character of the self that is, God's own self manifestation
within the self. Through the annihilation of the self, and, 'abandoning' our
egocentricity or giving up our 'delimited consciousness,' we reveal the innate
- The Innate Capacity:
Mysticism, Psychology, and Philosophy
edited by Robert K. C. Forman
"Then only will you see it, when you cannot speak of it; for the knowledge of
it is deep silence and suppression of all the senses."
- Hermes Trismegistus
"St. John of the Cross...taught that when darkness-within assailed the
contemplative, insight and God's
presence would soon follow. Appearing there between the two "armies"--or two
poles of a believer's being--God smiles and responds intimately and at length."
- quotations and commentary
"God works by contraries so that a man feels himself to be lost in the very
moment when he is on the point of being saved. When God is about to
justify a man, he damns him. Whom he would make alive he must first kill.
God's favor is so communicated in the form of wrath that it seems furthest
when it is at hand. Man must first cry out that there is no health in him. He
must be consumed with horror. This is the pain of purgatory . . . In this
disturbance salvation begins. When a man believes himself to be utterly
lost, light breaks."
- Martin Luther
Roland Bainton, Here I Stand, pp 82f
"In The Psychology of Meditation, Claudio Naranjo and Robert Ornstein describe
process of meditation as culminating in the dissolution of the ego. In
Buddhism, this is called reaching nirvana,
"extinction", through the state of emptiness, sunyata, which literally means
"no bottom". In Islam it is called
fana f'illah, or extinction into God. This state is paradoxical, for it is the
"emptiness which contains everything."
It is the peace of which the Desert Fathers called "hesychias."
- Living from the Center
"The kingdom is like a certain woman who was carrying a jar full of meal.
While she was walking on the road, still some distance from home, the handle of the jar broke.
The meal emptied out behind her on the road. She did not realise it; she had noticed no accident.
When she reached her house, she set the jar down and found it empty."
- Jesus of Nazareth
Gospel of Thomas 97
"As Teresa of Avila says:- 'in
the centre mansion in the interior castle of our soul', we find the Lord of the
- Sunyata, Emptiness And Self-emptying, Kenosis
"XIII.Death represents the permanent and final end of a "life." This could be
either physical death or the lesser deaths that occur when we pass from one
phase of life to the next (adolescence, marriage, children, etc.); it is any
major transition, normal or extraordinary. A principal characteristic of such
transitions is that they are irrevocable. No one, not even a god, can bring
back from the dead someone whom Hades wishes to keep. Those few who have
journeyed to the underworld and returned (Heracles, Orpheus, Theseus and
Peirithoos), have been permanently changed by their confrontation with Death.
XIII.Death follows XII.Hanged Traitor (Hanged Man), since the Traitor represents the conscious choice to let go, to hang over the Abyss, and put your life in the hands of Fortune. This is the only salvation possible to the Traitor, but still it must be accepted willingly before it can take place. When it is, we move on to Death, which is the cusp dividing the old life from the new.
Thus Death represents a time for grief and mourning, for accepting the inevitable, for recognizing that the birth of a new generation requires the death of the old. This is the price paid for progress, indeed, for any continuation of growth; it is the coin paid to Charon to cross the black River Styx into Hades realm, the dark divide between one life and the next."
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