Kindle the spark within   1 comment


Symbolism is an important aspect in religion. For instance, lighting of a lamp or an incense stick is indicative of the need to connect with our inner spark or consciousness.

This helps us turn our attention within. The tradition of doing this as a mark of auspiciousness before the start of any major event of social or religious significance is to seek the blessings and guidance of the divine spark of consciousness in all that we undertake.

All important Indian festivals, therefore, have light as a main ingredient for demonstrating our intent to connect and link ourselves with our Source. The sun as the primary source of energy is revered and worshipped as the very source of life. As Ramana Maharshi pointed out, this reminds us to seek within and touch our Source.

This spark of divinity is intuitively felt when reflected upon as it is always present in us. Sacred texts point out that to the right of the heart organ there is a reflection of Divine light or consciousness. Sri Ramana says it is located about two inches across, as big as a thumbnail, in the form of an inverted lotus bud. When meditated upon, it awakens. The Divine spark dispels the darkness of ignorance that makes us forget who we really are. Staying perpetually connected with the spark of knowledge is the very purpose of our existence.

The illusory power of maya or divine play however, appears very real with its overpowering distractions. We face temptations, many of which are difficult to resist. The external symbolisms are a means to guide us on the introspective path, to help us focus our energies within. They are akin to a wake-up call. At dawn, during what we called the Brahmn muhurtam, the time is particularly conducive for the meditative process.

Heartfelt prayer, in which we acknowledge our helplessness before God, serves a similar purpose. The Bhagavad Gita recommends the path of bhakti or devotion as a suitable route especially in Kali Yuga. The eternal spark is ever present in us, transcending the death of the body with which we get deeply involved and so suffer. It is aptly said that “Death is but just another comma in the paragraph of the journey to one’s Source. There are no full stops — just one when we merge!”

Invoking and kindling the spark within, through unconditional surrender leads us on the right path. It strengthens our receptivity and reduces our gving in to distractions and temptations. Besides the many external trappings, also present are equally powerful and intense internal disenablers that we often encounter. Amongst these, the sense of pride and prejudice which gets accentuated with the trappings of power and achievement is quite difficult to discard.

The grace of the Divine reinforces the truth that “We are all like a piano which not for a moment can take the credit for the phenomenal music that is created and flows through it. It is the musician, the Lord who orchestrates and is responsible for the melody that flows from the ever-present infinite source of light”.

Reflecting and remembering this helps us maintain a sense of calm, helping us stabilise in the ‘here and now’ state. A state which realised souls demonstrate in ample measure by being attentive yet disengaged to what happens to and outside of them. A state that is best defined as the ‘Peace that passeth all Understanding.’

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Posted December 18, 2011 by avinash2060 in Inspiration

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