A Big Question

SkylineRecently I’ve been typing up some audio transcripts for a very good friend of mine. They are recordings of a series of talks given by the Tibetan Buddhist Rinpoche I wrote about a few blogs back. It’s great to hear what he said all over again, and it’s almost like a private audience.

For some reason, as I was typing away today, I got the Madonna song Ray of Light in my head, so I went online and listened to it.  Great song!  I think I remember that she’d had some vocal training because she was hitting some high notes.  Great song, I listened to it twice 🙂

It got me thinking about light.  What is it?  Turns out that light is part of the electromagnetic spectrum, along with gamma rays, X rays, infrared and ultraviolet, etc.  The part of the spectrum that is between ultraviolet and infrared is the part our eyes can detect – visible light from the sun.  So light is the same sort of stuff as everything else, a form of energy.

I am still chanting the Gayatri mantra every day:

Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi
Dhiyo yonnah pracodayat

I have come across several interpretations of this mantra over the year or so I’ve been chanting it, but a recurring theme is illumination, light.  It is a mantra of collective, of unity; there is no I, me or my in this mantra, there is we, us and our instead.  It’s the only mantra I know that has the plural element.  It is a great leveller – in the upward direction.

It strikes me that we are creations of light.  Cosmic.  Think about it though.  If the Sun wasn’t where, what and the way it is, the Earth wouldn’t where, what and the way it is, and we wouldn’t be here.  The Sun is the creator and cause of the Earth, of life.  The Sun is our creator and cause.  And what was the creator and cause of the Sun?  Where does cause and creation begin?

Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha

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