"The godly light appears ... exactly (at) the beginning of parousia in the holy souls"
"The godly light appears here, in this world, in time. It is disclosed in the history but it is not of this world; it is eternal, it means going out from the historical existence: 'the secret of the eight day', the secret of the true knowledge, the fulfillment of the Gnosis ...
It is exactly the beginning of parousia in the holy souls, the beginning of the revealing at the end of times, when God will be disclosed to everyone in this distant Light."- Dan Costian
The Divine Light
Since Self-Realization the Light fascinated Kash. On the very first day itself he had stood alone on the endless cover of clouds, trying to understand where was this incredible, utterly peaceful Shangri-La that he had stumbled upon. There was one distinguishing Reality of this celestial landscape that held him spellbound — The Light! It was shining above at a distance he was unable to discern. Kash had kept gazing at it, spellbound by its indescribable uniqueness and infinite luminosity. It was an extremely bright globe, much brighter than many suns. In spite of its dazzling brightness it never ever hurt the eyes. Since Kash had never seen anything that bright he thought it must be the sun, but at a much closer proximity. His father, finding no other logical explanation, also agreed.
After months of meditation it began to slowly dawn that what Kash was seeing could not possibly be the sun. But Kash kept on insisting that it had to be as nothing he had seen on Earth shone so bright. He just thought that he was seeing it from a much closer distance!
Uncertainty came into his father inquisitive mind. He had this peculiar habit of not believing anything unknown or speculative unless proven beyond a shadow of reasonable doubt. The sun that his son was seeing disturbed. Not only was it just above the Great Adi Shakti but it did not emit heat!
But the lingering question was why was it visible only at Her place and nowhere else in the Kingdom of the Almighty Creator? If it was indeed the sun then it had to be seen at all the dwellings of all the Immortal Messengers that Shri Mataji used to take Kash to.
On September 11, 1994, at 13:05 p.m., after reading the word Shaibhang (Self-illumined) at the opening stanza of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the consciousness of Self-Realization indicated that there was more to this Truth than met the mind. If Guru Nanak had described the Divine World of Reality to be Shaibhang, or Self-Illumined, then the 'very bright Sun' that Kash spoke about could not be true. If the Spirit of the Living God was the Ultimate Reality (Al-Haqqah) then this 'Sun' at Her Abode was an inferior object.
The Divine Light is unlike anything known to man
Moreover, Kash's extraordinary observation of this 'Sun' created more questions and doubts as he maintained that:
i) This 'Sun' is always behind Her at an angle but is not directly above, that is, at about 45 degrees.
ii) It did not rise and fall like the earthly sun. The 'Sun' above Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi is fixed and stationary.
iii) This 'Sun' illuminates the entire Supreme Abode of the Great Celestial Mother. Every thing is seen very clearly and in fine detail, down to the different hues of skin tone. (That is why Kash was absolutely sure that Shri Jesus had a light brown skin, and wearing whitish gray clothes stretched taut by the sheer size of His muscular body.)
iv) Kash could not ascertain the exact size and distance of this 'Sun' despite his numerous visits.
v) In spite of its intense brightness this 'Sun' emitted no heat. On the contrary, Kash said that the rays are cool!
Then one day he astounded his father by claiming that there are no shadows from the rays of this 'Sun'! In all his journeys Kash never saw any shadow in the Kingdom of the Spirit. Though questioned many times he maintained that this Sun does not produce any shadow, physical properties that are ubiquitous in our universal sun. Kash was told by his father to clarify this issue with Shri Viswamata Nirmala Devi. There was something strange about this 'Sun' that Kash daily witnessed.
Kash meditated and the Divine Kundalini at the sacrum bone took him up the Tree of Life into the Bridal Chamber. He burst through the clouds and reached His Dominion. The Infinite Light shone ever so brilliantly from above the Eternal Throne of the Great Mater Divinae Gratiae (Mother of Divine Grace) as She sat in Bliss and Joy. Shri Lok Mata met him and the question was put forward. The Great Primordial Guru explained that it was not the sun that he was seeing but the Light. They then meditated, after which Kash returned back to this hate-filled world of Louis Farrakhans and Osama bin Ladins.
His Light exists within all human — This Revealed Truth is Absolute.
His Light emits cool rays — This Revealed Truth is Absolute.
His Light cast no shadows — This Revealed Truth is Absolute.
Spirit Beings have no shadows — This Revealed Truth is Absolute.
This Revelation of the Light is the collective truth of the Holy Scriptures. This Light has been announced by all His Messengers. Since the dawn of civilization highly evolved souls have been searching relentlessly for this Light. This is the Light of Shri Krishna. This is the Light of Shri Jesus. This is the Light of Shri Buddha. This is the Light of Allah, of Yahweh, of Brahman or any other name that humans give to Him. God Almighty is Light!
These experiences of His Light are within. This is the Reality of the Microcosm and the Macrocosm. We all live within God and He lives within us as The Light.
Note: At around 9.20 p.m. on March 23, 2003 Kash's father took his eight-year-old sister Lalita into her room to sleep. He also pulled out a mattress from beneath her bed and laid down - she insists, or rather pleads that her father sleep in her room every night. So there is always a few minutes of conversation.
While lying down she started counting the number of lights in her room - four light bulbs, one table-lamp, a florescent wristwatch and Shri Mataji's altar flame. Both confirmed that there were seven.
Then she said there were eight and that both had left out the Light above Shri Mataji in her Sahasrara. (Lalita continues to declare that the Light is always above Shri Mataji at all times.)
Her father asked her a few questions.
Father: "Is the Light warm or cool?"
Father: "Is it very bright like the sun?"
Lalita: "It is very bright but you can look at it."
Father: "What color is the Light?"
Father: "Yellow or bright like silver?"
Lalita: "Like bright yellow. But what you mean silver?"
Father: "Silver, like metal silver."
Lalita: "I cannot imagine the color."
Father: "What about metallic silver?"
Lalita: "But what you mean"metallic"? Tell me something which is metallic silver."
Father: "Like the sun in the afternoon." (This was a dumb response.)
Lalita: "That's not silver. I do not know what papa means."
Father: "Like the color of the fork and spoon."
Lalita: "That color?"
Father: "Is it that color?"
Father: "Then what color?"
Father: "Thank you Lalita."
Lalita: "You are welcome papa."
The next day the father waited for his 13-year-old son Arwinder to come back from school to double-check with him. He returned at around 4.40 p.m. and his father told that he will ask just one question about Shri Mataji in his Sahasrara. Arwinder asked what was the question.
Father: "Arwinder, what color is Shri Mataji's Light?"
Arwinder: "Like white, white yellow."
"It is exactly the beginning of parousia in the holy souls, the beginning of the revealing at the end of times"
"The Bible is seen to be full of terms about light. Lossky tells us that"for the mystical theology of the eastern Church these are not metaphors, rhetorical figures but words expressing a real aspect of godliness." "The godly light does not have an abstract and allegorical meaning. It is a data of the mystical experience."The author then referred to"Gnostics", the highest level of godly knowledge [that] is an experience (a living) of the noncreated light, where the experience itself is the light: in lumine tuo videbimus lumen (in Your Light we shall see light.)"
Eternal, endless, existing beyond time and space, it appeared in the theophanies of the Old Testament as the Glory of God. The Glory is"The Uncreated Light, His Eternal Kingdom."Being bestowed to the Christians by the Holy Spirit, the energies appear no longer as external causes but as grace, as inner light."Makarius the Egyptian wrote: "It is ... the enlightenment of the holy souls, the steadiness of the heavenly powers" (Spiritual Homilies V.8.)
"The godly light appears here, in this world, in time. It is disclosed in the history but it is not of this world; it is eternal, it means going out from the historical existence: 'the secret of the eight day', the secret of the true knowledge, the fulfillment of the Gnosis ... It is exactly the beginning of parousia in the holy souls, the beginning of the revealing at the end of times, when God will be disclosed to everyone in this distant Light."
Dan Costian, Bible Enlightened,
Computex Graphics, 1995, p.415
The"Last Things"In Holy Scripture
Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos
The Parousia and the End of the Age
The Parousia will take place in the final days, at the last stage of present history. With the Parousia we will also have the end of the present world and the beginning of the new one, the"new creation" (Rev. 21:5). From the old will come the new. This is the goal of the world, its perfection, its renewal and recapitulation in Christ. Thus the Parousia, the end and the goal of the world coincide.
The Parousia and the end of the world were a main concern in the days of the earthly life of Christ. Christ often pointed to the future for the consummation of all. He especially pointed to His future coming as the Son of Man, as the judge of the world (Mt. 16:27; 25:31; 26:64 Mk. 16:62; Jn. 5:28). The early Church lived with the expectation of His Parousia. A few days before His death, the disciples asked Christ:
"When will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?" (Mt. 24:3). The first Christians lived with the hope of the Parousia, especially in view of the difficult persecutions in the early centuries, and they expected it to occur soon (Mt. 24:3-6, 34; Rom. 13:11; 1 Cor. 7:25-31; 1 Thess. 5:1-11; 2 Thess. 3:3-16; Phil. 4:5).
The Parousia and the Mystery of Christ
Belief in the Parousia of Christ completes the faith in the person of Christ and the mystery of the divine plan of salvation. With the ultimate event of the Parousia we have the complete truth about Christ and His work. The work of salvation is the work of God in Christ. It began with the Incarnation, the Cross, and the Resurrection, and is in motion towards its ultimate goal. The crucified and resurrected Christ is already the Lord. He has received every authority in heaven and on earth (Mt. 28:18-20), and invisibly, in the Holy Spirit, He reigns through the Church and guides the world toward the end the perfection of the kingdom of God. The Parousia of Christ and our being gathered together with Him will be the final act of the divine plan for our salvation. With the Parousia the works of Satan, namely sin and death, will be completely destroyed. With the resurrection of the dead the kingdom of God will be perfected and the life of eternal blessedness will begin. This is the purpose of God's divine plan for our salvation. This is what the faithful anticipate.
The Time of the Parousia
We know well that the Lord will come again in glory (2 Thess. 2:2; 1 Thess. 4:11-17). The Church confesses: "He will come again in glory whose kingdom will have no end."Christ gave us certain signs which will precede the Parousia (cf. Mt. 24 and 25). But these were given mainly to keep us vigilant in life. No one knows the precise day and hour of the coming of the Lord (Mk. 13:32; Acts 1:7).
Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos
"The most magnetic of all religious symbols is the light, the light that radiates everywhere within and without — the light that never was on land or sea. Great mystics have realised the Peerless One in the form of Light. Moses saw the burning bush and received the word of God. The Upanishad seers saw It as Jothi Aham — the Splendour in the self.
In many a Devaram and Tiruvacagam, and the lyrics of Tayumanavar and Ramalinga Swamigal, we have allusions to light as the symbol of the formless God; and Light also indicates goals and the radiance of Wisdom, as well as the illumination of Supreme Awareness.
Gleaming as the earth and all the spheres
Oh Thou expanse of matchless Effulgence!
In radiant forms of Light art Thou beheld
Oh Formless One!
"This universal symbol of Light is surely one of the best symbols Man has found to express the delicate balance that almost all cultures have tried to maintain, with varying success, between a merely this-worldly or atheistic attitude and a totally otherworldly or transcendent attitude. There must be some link between the world of Men and the world of the Gods, between the material and the spiritual, the immanent and the transcendent. If this link is of a substantial nature, pantheism is unavoidable. If the link is exclusively epistemic, as Indian and many other scholasticisms tend to affirm, the reality of this world will ultimately vanish. The symbol of Light avoids these two pitfalls by allowing for a specific sharing in its nature by both worlds or even by the"three worlds."
This is the supreme light spoken of in the Rig Veda and in the Brahmanas; it is mentioned also in the Chandogya Upanishad and in the well-known prayer of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad: "Lead me from darkness to light!''"
Professor Raimundo Panikkar, The Vedic Experience
Cultivating the Awareness of the Light within
"The heart and mind can find peace and harmony by contemplating the transcendental nature of the true self as supreme effulgent light
From the Yoga Sutra of PATANJALI, second century B.C.
Patanjali is often called the father of yoga because he was the first person to codify and write down yoga practices. In this meditation instruction, he is telling us to let go of all distracting sights, smells, and sounds and meditate on our spiritual nature, our luminous true self. He is telling us to look inside and experience the radiance within.
All cultures, peoples, and religious groups through all times have talked about the phenomena of light in the context of the religious or mystical experience. Those who have seen visions of holy beings typically see them surrounded by white light. People have always described going to the light, finding the light, being called by the light, dissolving in the light. We read about light in The Egyptian Book of the Dead as well as The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Men, women, and children who have had classic near-death experiences vividly describe arriving in a place of white light; they speak of themselves and others as being bathed in white light.
Prior to being described as the light of any religion, light was just light. Light is a part of the primary source material. Later, as the history of mankind developed, the concept of light became institutionalized; it was then interpreted according to cultural and religious beliefs. Pure light thus became light of God, light of truth, light of Buddha, light of Jesus, cosmic light, and ocean of light depending upon where you were born and what you were taught. Light, however, is constant. It is fundamental energy.
The New Testament, referring to John the Baptist, reads: "He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light that all might believe through him."Later Jesus says," Put your trust in the light while you have it so that you may become sons of light."...
British mystic George Fox, who founded the Quaker religion, used the term"Inner light"to describe our ability to personally experience God within ourselves. He himself had such an experience, which left him with the lifelong conviction that everyone can hear God's voice directly without mediation by priests or church ritual. This is the central tenet of the Society of Friends.
According to Buddhism, all beings are imbued with a spark of inner divine light. In describing our original Buddha-nature, we use such phrases as innate luminosity, primordial radiance, the unobscured clear natural mind, and the clear light of reality.... The Jewish mystics use similar words when they speak of the inner spark or the spark of God. The Koran, referring to man, talks about the little candle flame burning in a niche in the wall of God's temple.
Almost inevitably a spiritual search becomes a search for divine or sacred light. By cultivating our inner core, we search for this light in ourselves as well as the divine."
Lama Surya Das, Awakening to the Sacred