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The Light of Consciousness

{written by : Charles B. Crenshaw, Jr.}

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Tantric yogis, mystics and physicists see reality quit similarly. When it comes to light there is no religion, spirituality, and science divide.

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Is there any common ground that the yogis, the mystics of the world religions, and scientists share? Could the common denominator be light, and what is the nature of this light? Yogis, theoretical physicists, and the mystics of various religious traditions share the view that light is a major part of all existence. Not all scientists would agree with quantum physicists like David Bohm, but quantum physics concurs with what the mystic strains of western religions say about light. What is said about light is close to what yoga, especially the high tantric philosophy of Sri Vidya, postulates also. Bohm speculates that non-ordinary light is basis of existence, and is what causes the entire universe to unfold. It is the “potential of everything” (Williams 1992, p. 209).

There is similar speculation about the relation between light and the divine in the world religions. In the Koran’s Light Sura, it says, “Light unto light, Allah draws to his light those whom he chooses.” The Sufi sages, the mystics of Islam, explain that ultimately light and Allah are synonymous: “For you there is an ascent of the soul towards the Divine Light, therefore shall your heart and soul in the end attain to union with that Light…” (Farid al-Din Attar, in Williams 1992).The New Testament explicitly states that God is Light (I John I: 5), and the Kabbalists, the Jewish mystics, teach that Ain Sof, the light of God, permeates the entire universe, and is beyond human comprehension. All of these ideas about light are hinting at the same thing.

In Sri Vidya light holds much the same significance as it does for quantum physics. It declares the source of everything to be light (prakasha), but it goes on to say that this light, this prakasha is pure consciousness. Consciousness here does not mean being conscious of something through the cognitive senses of sight, taste, touch, smell or hearing. Consciousness, light, is the substratum of everything, “the potential of everything.”

Sri Vidya explains that the light (prakasha) witnessing itself (vimarsha) is the creative aspect of consciousness. From this manifestation of light the universe unfolds. This creation, this manifestation of light is expressed through a vibration (spanda), a divine pulsation. Interestingly, quantum physics conceives of light as both a wave - a pulsation, and moving particles. For Sri Vidya this experience of light is symbolized as the static, male, Shiva aspect (prakasha), and the creative, female, Shakti aspect (vimarsha). These divisions are only offered for those whose understanding has not yet evolved to know that any such distinctions are nonsensical.

Light is beyond being a metaphor; matter is considered congealed light. Scientists have long agreed that matter’s solid appearance is more illusory than real. What is it that supports the empty space that makes up the greater portion of an atom’s content? How could anyone ever verify this substratum, if it does exist?

The sages seek to experience this substratum, this light that is beyond the reach of mind and senses. For this work the mind must be transcended, their method of choice is meditation. In the state known as samadhi, time, space, and causation cease. In this condition the mind is not an obstacle to experiencing the light. Causation (causes and their effects) can only occur in space and time. If time does not exist, then nothing can happen; only existence, oneness, the light of consciousness. They teach that the light of consciousness and a human’s true nature are synonymous.

In Indian philosophy, time is defined as — what it takes for an atom to move its own distance in space. If there is no change in space then there is no time. One of Einstein’s thought experiments involved a clock traveling at the speed of light. At that speed Einstein’s clock stopped. Time stopped. No time, no distance between points – no space, and no change – no causation. The sage’s experience in the highest states of samadhi is that time stops, space ceases to exist, and the light of consciousness is understood.

Yogis, mystics, and scientists see light as the ultimate reality, the source of creation, and creation itself. The sage’s declarations are that each individual is a spark of the divine light. The non-ordinary light of the physicists, prakasha and vimarsha, Ain Sof, the uncreated light, these are one and the same thing, pure consciousness.

Towards the end of his life, Einstein grappled with fathoming the mind of God. He sought the one principle that unified or was the substratum of the four main forces known to physics (gravitation, electromagnetism, and the weak and strong forces). Maybe, just maybe, the mind of God, creator and creation, the ultimate reality, ‘the’ unifying principle behind everything is just simply light, the light of consciousness.

References
Williams, W.E. (1992). Unbounded Light. York Beach: Nicolas-Hay.

Author Bio :
Charles Crenshaw. M.S. Eastern Studies/Comparative Psychology. Author of many articles on yoga, yoga philosophy and tantra. Directly trained by Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Co-founder and co-director of the 501 (c)3 non-profit educational organization - Inner Peace Yoga Center Inc. An ordained interfaith minister. Facilitator in Western Philosophy, Eastern & Western Religions, Intercultural Communications, & Cultural Diversity in the College of Arts and Sciences at University of Phoenix. Available for seminars and lectures. The Blog - http://ipycindy.blogspot.com

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