BENGALURU: In life, we are faced with numerous challenges. We may have illnesses, financial or relationship problems, or loss of our reputation. We may face dark spells, but we do not have to be blinded by the darkness.
The following story has a message to help us through the dark patches our life.
There was a cave that lived underground, as most caves do. Since it spent its entire life in darkness, it had never seen light.
One day, a voice talked to the cave, and said, “Come up into the light. Come and enjoy the sunlight.” The cave replied, “I do not know what you mean by light. All I have ever known is darkness.” “Come and see for yourself,” said the voice. The cave mustered up enough courage and climbed slowly up from the depths of the earth.
Suddenly, it reached the top of the earth and was surrounded by magnificent light, the likes of which the cave had never seen in its life. “This is beautiful,” said the cave. After enjoying the light for a while, the cave said to the sunlight, “Now it is your turn to come with me and see the darkness.”
“What is darkness?” asked the sunlight. The cave answered, “Come and see for yourself.” So the sunlight decided to visit the cave’s home. As the sunlight entered the cave, it said, “Now show me your darkness.” But with the sunlight there, there was no darkness to be found! What this story illustrates is the power of light. Wherever there is light, there can be no darkness.
Whenever we feel we are in a dark spell of our life, we need to tap into the light of our soul. If we would only identify with our true nature, we would find there is no darkness. If we would also bring our own innate goodness and light into our daily life, we would never be overcome by the darkness of life again.
We each have within us the light of the soul. But we are not aware of it because we identify ourselves with the outer world of darkness and illusion. If we would invert our attention within through meditation, we would discover that we are light. Then, whenever the dark spells of life threaten to bring us down, we could invert, find the light within, and bring it forth.
Whenever we find we are faced with sickness, financial problems, or loss, we can remember that these are but passing clouds in the brilliant sunlit sky. Let us not be distracted by the darkness of thought, but instead sit in stillness and wait for God to shine the light upon us.