We all emphasizethe value of light, knowledge, and to move from darkness to light. All wisdom traditions relate to darkness as ignorance and as light as knowledge.Author Bear Guerra presents a different way of looking at darkness: Dark Skies Show Us Stars. By accepting darkness we get connectedwith natural world. The world we live in has been highly commercialized and unnaturalizedtaking us away from the natural world. We are drifting away from the natural rhythmsof day and night, light and darkness.I agree with the author when he writes,' without darkness we are noy just incomplete, we fail to dream."
I happen to live in a community where I can see the stars twinkling in the dark sky. Such experiencesget me connected with natural world in which there is vastness and depth. I feel an integral part of the universe and feel the oneness of life. I feel the Divine Presence that liberates from my ignorance and makes me whole or holy. Such natural experiences are illuminating dispelling my inner darkness and separateness. It is a paradoxical statement: Darkness enlightens me!
Reading such illuminating writings and sharing my learnings with close friends and with my students taking classes with me helps me stay on the spiritual path. It is an enlightening and joyful journey.
Jagdish P Dave'