Come with me to this place \u2013 so dark that I stumbled a bit as my eyes took a few minutes to adjust.\n\nSeeking nothing, I went there during a snow storm just to see.\n\nAnd there I found them \u2013 robes of \u00a0learned men in seated position before the Buddha.\n\nWho were they? What were their stories? How did they find the light?\nThe Buddha too sat in darkness \u2013 lit only by the faint natural light.\nThe lone occupant of the whole monastery was the caretaker-monk who opened up the halls for us on request \u2026and now, for a few hours there was also me. (and my driver-companions)\nThe day that I spent there \u00a0\u2013 although it is such a small dot in my lifetime \u2013 \u00a0will stretch and occupy my eternity disproportionately.\nFor I cannot stop thinking of my time there.\nThe stillness and the nothingness was almost sensorial.\nAnd there was the sound of silence. Simon & Garfunkel were talking about a very real phenomenon.\nBut contrary to what one might expect from such circumstances, \u00a0there was no flash of wisdom or enlightenment in that quietude. No big moment of truth.\nBut for one who cannot be rid of unending thoughts, those few moments of an empty mind were definitely meaningful. They were\u00a0as close as I could get to the sense of \u201cmoksh\u201d or \u201cfree of all ties\u201d \u2013 as I was free of all thoughts \u2013 even if only for a few moments.\nMaybe that was what Krishn was saying to Arjun once \u2013 \u201ckeep your mind as still as the flame of a lamp in a windless room \u2013 unwavering \u2013 unflickering\u201d.\nWhen I tried to attain that state consciously I was never successful\u2026\nBut in that darkness, in those moments, \u00a0as I sat surrendered and stared into no fixed object in the dark hall, I was finally able to.\nMaybe that darkness was the place of Light!\n*\n**\n***\njm\nMay 2018\n\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post A Place of Darkness \u2013 A place of Light appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.