Posted November 7, 2007on:
One of the youngest Mukthabalaga members wishing everyone
a very very bright and illuminating Deepawali! 🙂
An underlying theme on Deepawali is the second line of the Vedic hymn…
Om Asatoma Sadhgamaya
that says “Lead us from darkness to light”…
A question… who will lead us from darkness to light?
Google returned some ‘illuminating’ 😉 quotes on light…
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. ~ Chinese Proverb
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed
only if there is light from within.
if you think there’s a bogeyman around, turn on the light.
~ Dorothy Thompson
but because people refuse to see it.
beauty is a light in the heart.
It is said that history repeats itself. It is not history that repeats itself; it is the unconsciousness of man, the blindness of man that repeats itself. The day man will be conscious, alert and aware, there will not be any repetition anymore. Socrates will not be poisoned, Jesus will not be crucified, Al-Hillaj Mansoor will not be murdered and butchered. And these are our best flowers, they are our highest peaks. They are our destinies, they are our future. They are our intrinsic potential which has become actual.
Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space.
It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe.
It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.
As the Buddha was dying, Ananda asked who would be their teacher after death.
He replied to his disciple…
Be lamps unto yourselves.
Be refuges unto yourselves.
Take yourself no external refuge.
Hold fast to the truth as a lamp.
Hold fast to the truth as a refuge.
Look not for a refuge in anyone besides yourselves.
And those, Ananda, who either now or after I am dead,
Shall be a lamp unto themselves,
Shall betake themselves as no external refuge,
But holding fast to the truth as their lamp,
Holding fast to the truth as their refuge,
Shall not look for refuge to anyone else besides themselves,
It is they who shall reach to the very topmost height;
But they must be anxious to learn.