The Truth Is Not the Victory of Light Over Darkness

excerpts from Conscious Exercise & the Transcendental Sun

by Adi Da Samraj

The sun, or fascinating light, the visible vibration that can absorb us, is the principal symbol of religion and all the ways of extraordinary knowledge.


The sacred practices of prophets, magicians, mystics, yogis, saints, and all ordinary believers are devoted toward knowledge of the Source Light or Creator Vibration via regressive absorption.


On the basis of all experiments, whether mystical or scientific, men are close to agreement on the universal concept and presumption that all appearances, forms, bodies, beings, thoughts, all events are emissions and transformations of universal and even eternal Vibratory Force or Light.


For this reason, we may say that light, or vibratory brightness, is the most universally venerated object among men. The Light of lights, seen and heard, is the principal idol to which our ways of knowing lead. To be sure, light, even most subtle or ascended, even the highest Light itself, is a great Principle of manifestation and of knowledge, but it is not Truth or very God and Reality.


Light is a great temptation. It is a mystery commonly entertained over against the idea and experience of darkness, or no-Radiance. In earlier times, life in the world was viewed as a great warfare between ascended powers of light and descended powers of darkness. And the theatre of life in the world was to be solved by a great Day, or a great impulse of Awakening, wherein those who had maintained allegiance to the highest Light would be returned, via the way of lights, to the domain of Light, above and beyond this world. And those who had been firmly committed to darkness would be excluded from Light, perhaps forever, in the domains of darkness, even the absolute Darkness below this world.


Light itself is ultimately resolved in a Principle that includes and is prior to both light and darkness. The Truth of life is not the victory of light over darkness. The Truth of life is Unqualified, prior to all distinctions. It is not realized via the way of the knowledge of lights, or in the objective Shine and Sound of ultimate Brightness. It is intuited via the Wound or Mystery of Paradox, the irreducible profundity of absolute Ignorance.


In the older cultures, the visible sun and its light were and are worshipped and concentrated upon for the sake of physical, mental, psychic, and spiritual transformation. As such, the sun is viewed as a kind of icon, a living symbol in the universe for the Divine Sun or Prior Light that is Creative relative to the world. However, such practices, as well as their more esoteric counterparts, which conceive of the Sun within and subtly above for the same purpose, are expressions of a view of the world and of conscious existence 


in which Light (the Sun itself) is acknowledged as Truth and its emanations (sunlight) exploited as a method or way to Truth.


I do not propose that (you) seek the symbol of Light in this way. Although the Principle of Light may be senior to the Principle of Life, it is itself secondary to the Principle of the Awareness of both Life and Light. What I am saying, then, is that all experience is conditional, temporary, or dependent on other conditions and Conditions.


The Law of life is sacrifice and the instrumental Source of life is the Transcendental Sun or Light, the Vibratory Radiance or Current felt to permeate body, mind, and world with its all-pervading Presence, Spirit, or Breath.


The Truth or Condition of life is prior to all experiential realizations of the Law and the Light. Therefore, those who would live consciously must also become devotees in Truth, or else their own experience will bind them.
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