Yesterday I had written about being selfish and embracing the darkness. Today, let us see how we can reach the stage of ‘embracing the darkness’. Once we have been blessed with the seed of enlightenment by a Realised Master, it wholly and solely depends on us for watering that seed and making it grow into a strong oak tree. This is a slow process, in the spiritual sphere if things have to happen, they happen in a flash or it just does not happen. There are a few very lucky, pious persons who have reached that stage of ‘seeing the light’ and being enveloped in its bliss. But, for the most of us it is a slow process — what we need is dedication and a firm belief with complete faith that we will reach our ultimate destination — our inner abode.
As we start meditating in collectivity and alone for 30 minutes each — as Swamiji says meditate alone to gather speed and meditate in collectivity to obtain control over the speeding vehicle. So, it is essential for us to meditate alone as well as collectively. This has to be regular — you can’t say its too early, I am tired, we’ll see tomorrow etc. and not wake up for the morning meditation — no excuses! Once there is regularity and consistency in meditation our body becomes amenable to sitting for half an hour, the mind becomes calm, breathing slows down as we start going deeper and deeper within.
This is the phase where we enter the dark never ending ‘tunnel’ — or that’s what I call it out of my experience. It is a very benign tunnel, very friendly, there is no element of ‘fear’ as we embrace the silence and the darkness of the tunnel. Only once have I seen that flash of light which resembles the power of a 1000 Suns, and after that I guess as Osho says, there is now a subconscious expectation, after which I have not experienced it again.
Every spiritual experience that one gets needs to be forgotten at the subconscious level again and again, then there is scope for progress, else we keep moving around in circles. That is my perception — I may be wrong. The darkness needs to be embraced, we need to make it our friend and not be afraid, only then will we be able to head towards the ‘light’ at the end of the tunnel!
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