"Just as the ever-luminous sun reveals its real nature with the help of night and day, even so the light of the self reveals its real nature by revealing both consciousness and ignorance"
This is a quote from "Vasistha's Yoga" which is a really long (and amazing) book that is attributed to the ancient poet Valmiki, but is not technically authored by any "one". Historians say this text comes from between the 6th and 14th century India. I've been reading it for a few months now, and it has been life-changing.
The quote is so beautiful to me, and it's going to be hard for me to express this stuff eloquently, but who cares! The sun truly is "EVER-luminous". It's shining brightly 24/7, 365 days a year, and has been for about 4.6 billion years. It's never stopped! Every day our world is lit by the sun. But were it not for NIGHT, we would never really notice the sun, because we would just always accept that it is...what it is... We wouldn't realize the sun is there...if it was just always "there". Night time and darkness is what makes us appreciate the sun. It's what makes us come back to it every morning. Without the darkness, we would not recognize the light that the sun is giving us. Light wouldn't be a thing, because we wouldn't notice it's existence. It is because of the lack of light that we recognize that light is a thing. WOW. I dont know if you've ever thought about that... but I guess I hadn't...
SO, this quote? Well it's saying that there is a light inside each of us (a light that we all share, of course!), and it's always there, shining. It's always full of love, compassion, and a sense of unity. This light is consciousness. When we are living in consciousness we are connected to our source and we know that love is the only real energy, and it is also the energy that connects us all... YET... despite this wonderful feeling of connection, we still somehow fall into moments of darkness, negativity and self-doubt. These problems can come up when we are dealing with relationship struggles, money issues, or health complications.
These things will happen our entire lives in this physical world, and that's okay. In fact it's good... whenever we are faced with darkness, it is a reminder and/or opportunity that dawn is coming. A new day is coming. The night will be over, and we can be grateful when the sun comes back up and we can live more powerfully than we did the day before. Let me say that again, the darkness is always a lesson for us to embrace our own inner light more powerfully than we did the day before.
I had a really rough day a few days ago. I was worried about money, as I have some big expenses coming up. I allowed the dark side of my ego to drag myself down to a really low place. I let myself sit in that dark place for a moment... and then once I had cooled down, I meditated, and slowly found an immense appreciation for the paid work that I do have, and saw my inner light waiting for me. It wrapped itself around me, and kicked me in the ass (in a very loving, beautiful way) and I got back up and started to figure things out again. Going to that dark place wasn't fun, but that glorious moment when I remembered my light propelled to a new place that I had never been before. Everything is going to be fine :)
I am an ever-luminous sun, and so are you!