Illusion
or Reality?


SATSANG OF SWAMI AMAR JYOTI
2007 TRUTH CONSCIOUSNESS

Are we dreaming or is this real? All this may be illusion and yet nothing can exist without some Reality in it.

Seeker: This morning, I read a quote from a scientist who said that light is the closest science has come to the Absolute. [Another seeker] I read the same quote and he made an interesting point. He called light the bridge between the material and the spiritual.

TO SAY THAT LIGHT IS BRIDGING THE MATERIAL WORLD AND THE SPIRITUAL is to divide them into two things. This is the fundamental fallacy. From the spiritual to the most dense matter, it is one continuity. This is the way conception works and creates its own reality. In dualism, in relativity, you have to have so many myriads of forms and names and each assumes individuality: matter is one individuality and the spiritual world is another and a bridge is needed between the two. This is the basic fallacy inherent in intellect, which is itself the product of dualism. Intellect cannot go outside its own campus; it wants to explain, analyze and then synthesize.

      If we start from this premise, then the statement that Light is the closest representation to the Absolute also falls flat. Even if we separate the material world and spiritual world conceptually, nothing in creation can exist without some Substance or Reality within it. That is, within all conception or illusion there is a degree of Light or Reality without which it would not exist. But it is so unmanifest, so concealed—yet so intrinsic—that to see it as Light is difficult. Right from the most gross matter to the ultimate Spirit, there is no gap. The difference is only in degree of manifestation.

We are part of illusion; that is the problem. Illusory beings are trying
to understand illusion. One sage has given a very good reply: “If darkness
is trying to understand darkness, it will never know since
it is darkness itself. But bring in Light and darkness vanishes.”



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