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Darkness and Light

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Episode No. 202

Shambhavi riffs on the multiplicity of experiences of darkness and light that shape our lives. What does “darkness” mean from the perspective of direct realization? How does darkness relate to light? What is the dark night of the soul? A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi

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“Just as we can see the light of a movie or the TV better when we’re in a dark room, the light of the supreme appears in the darkness of no concept, no ground.”

This isn’t even a metaphor or analogy; it’s just true. Light shows up better in darkness. It applies from the most gross thing to the most subtle thing. When you want to see with your inner eyes directly, it always works better at night. Or it works better in dusk, really. And I don’t mean close your eyes to see things. I mean have your eyes be open and see with your inner eye the more subtle light manifestations of people, objects, sky, and nature.

So we make ground out of our concepts about how things are and how things should be. Here’s a concept—if I own a house, I’ll be safe. I’m not evening making a ground out of the house, because houses are just houses. You don’t have to have concepts about them. You can live in a house without having a concept about it. It’s just a house. It’s not the problem of the house. It’s the problem of the concept about the house.