You are that original light (Part 2)

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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