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You are that original light (Part 2)
December 29, 2013

Advaita Post Volume 14, No. 23

Text Satsang

From an Advaita talk with Douwe Tiemersma, Hoorneboeg, October 8, 2005

You are that original light (Part 2)

So it’s important to recognize that very bright light. It’s the original light of the big bang or the ultimate when the universe returns once again to the source. It is the light of the lightning that strikes crossways, right through the person. It’s the light from the sword of Shiva that literally decapitates you. So when that fully bright light is clear, just let it come and then it’s also clear that you coincide with it.

This also happens after the death of the person?

Then you might have a few other processes first, but eventually, certainly, yes.

That’s very well summarized.

You’ll have to recognize that if the being-experience is to come that you’re not subject to death. Then it works through. See that this experience of the body and the material world is an illusion when you believe in it as if it’s the only true reality. When the recognition of this original explosion through which everything is consumed has already occurred, then no form, no material or energetic form receives the stamp of reality any more. To the extent that forms are there, they are just forms and names which arise and disappear once again. At a certain moment, it seems that these structures which you have made, these fixed images that you have created, suddenly fall apart. Jerome (a Dutch cartoon character from Suske and Wiske) gives a huge and rock-hard stomp with his foot. Then it is odd or as if nothing has happened, he himself doesn’t understand, but just a moment later: psssssjjj…. When there’s a sudden accident the individual souls don’t seem to understand that they are now deceased. It’s similar with amputations: there also it seems as if nothing has changed. Death is a complete amputation. In a certain sense everything still continues, but it is transparent, it no longer has this weight. It is spacious and transparent, so it can fall apart. In fact, it constantly falls apart. Now and again something clumps together, but then, it falls back apart. It dissolves. When you fall asleep: the formative force is released and everything dissolves. But you can be aware of that, you can recognize it. The last that can still be recognized is light. When another cosmos is going to be created, first there is light. The lights come on and the play begins.

Does that happen spontaneously, that the lights come on?

In so far as it is clear from that level, it is totally spontaneous, it happens by itself. In so far as there is a self that dives in there, then internally it will be experienced very seriously and as the greatest reality. But it’s clear: on that deep level there will need to be this recognition so that it really continues to work through. This recognition should surely be there when that light explodes such that everything becomes literally transparent, as in a negative. And of course it’s good when you slowly enter into the light, either in life or in death.

The point here is that you already recognize that very clearly now, so that there’s no suffering in the interim because you already recognize yourself as that original light. The absoluteness of it will need to come. Whether that takes place in a terrifying way or not doesn’t really matter. It’s really about whether this radicalization is recognized. Otherwise it remains something like, “Oh, it’s so nice to walk in the light.” But at some point that light is going to further reveal itself. Do you see that the remains of the personality of this ‘I’-person are going to disappear, burn up, dissolve? That then this purified realm without form remains? It’s important that that is very clear, that you recognize that, even when the world of forms still continues for a while, or life continues for a while. You remain primarily as this original sphere, of light from which everything arises and into which everything returns. So just let that light of yourself continue to work through, in a conscious manner.

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You are the original light (Part 1)
December 15, 2013

Advaita Post, Volume 14, No. 22

Text Satsang

From an Advaita talk with Douwe Tiemersma, Hoorneboeg, October 9, 2005

You are the original light (Part 1)

Go deeper within, deeper within, deeper within. Do you see that the light of consciousness is going to coincide with the light of the heart? If you just go far enough within then you’ll see that these lights come towards each other and are going to coincide. When you can really experience that, then you also experience that it’s a type of nuclear fusion. Then you experience that it’s an incredibly strong energy, an incredibly sharp, white light. The white light of lightning; the white light of nuclear fusion.

Do you experience that everything is blown away by that white light of a thousand suns? Do you experience that not a single piece of the ‘me’ is left over? That you are absorbed into that light? Everything that doesn’t have the same quality as that light evaporates in the heat. So the self-being also evaporates in that Great.

You are that original light, this initial energy of the big bang. Everything comes out of it, everything returns to it. What’s left over? Perhaps a cosmos in which things clump together now and then; but it’s just images which occasionally compose themselves and disintegrate once again. The original light remains present in the foreground and you remain as that: all penetrating. Whatever else arises comes forth out of that original light. And through it, is destroyed once again.

You too, are that light of Shiva. That intense, all-consuming fire, you are that too. Perhaps at first you may have the notion that you have entered into the flames, that you are in that fire, but then it resolves. The last forms of yourself dissolve. Then everything becomes blank yet still, there is an internal knowing of it. It is an internal being presence in the light of the dreamless sleep, this light sphere of dreamless sleep. Is that clear? An infinity of empty light that you are, nothing more. Let this dimension open. Let it remain present. Even when forms reappear.

That primordial light doesn’t have any properties?

No, except that it’s light and that it’s very intense.

But it’s still energy?

As light it still has energy, but it’s very refined and empty.

But that word intense …

In a certain phase it should be very clear that that original light has an incredibly great intensity, something like a nuclear explosion.

Your body must be able to handle that.

I can’t handle it. It amazes me that I’m still able to see things. You know how it went in Hiroshima: there were images, there were people and suddenly: bang, gone. This intense heat, that light.

Douwe, I don’t find the comparison with Hiroshima very appealing. Don’t you still hear in various yoga traditions that it proceeds slowly through the light in the different chakras and then gradually rises.

That’s more attractive to you …

Yes, building up very gently.

That’s clear.

Can you just say something more about the difference: the gradual way which I find more attractive and that sudden one that you promote (laughter)?

It’s a different method of approach, that’s obvious. That it’s partly the same is also clear. The point of Advaita is that it’s not so much about a gradual development through all the chakras. Rather, it’s about a recognition of a depth in the individual self-being. That’s the Advaita approach. This chakra approach is something like: I’m here and I have the idea that enlightenment is there at that highest level, and so I start climbing gradually, something becomes purified, and then maybe you can make the next step, etc… But it doesn’t work. At most, it can serve to make things more open, more relaxed. Sooner or later, something will really need to happen and if you want to use the chakra terminology then it’s something on the level of the Sahasrara chakra (the crown chakra). And then it’s the same.

It seems plausible that still you need a kind of preparation of a few or maybe ten thousand lives.

The people who come here have apparently already had all that preparation.

(to be continued)

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