A Tibetan Lama of the Dzogchen School, Sogyal Rinpoche said, “Light must come from inside. You cannot ask the darkness to leave; you must turn on the light.” This is a contemporary take about the human emotional quality that often uses lights as metaphors.
The sort of light that wisdom teachings throughout the ages does not specifically refer to electromagnetic radiation within a small portion of the electromagnetic spectrum visible to our eyes. We learned about that type of light in grade school science class.
This light is not the opposite of heavy as a feather weighing approximately 0.008 grams. Nor as trivial conversation about sports or the weather.
Human light is a mental state usually used in a “spiritual” sense. It is akin to enlightenment in an emotional sense. We might use the phrase, “a glimmer of wisdom” to describe it. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within.”
The human light is not an epiphany but an epiphany may reveal it. Human light is more akin to a demeanor of glowing radiance. It is one of the qualities related to love that wise teachers and avatars possess in spades. When a person experiences this type of light, other people notice it manifested in a genuine smile, sincere speech, and authentic generosity. When you encounter a person whose inner light is switched on, you intuitively experience her or his light.
I like a powerful saying attributed to the Lord Buddha that describes sharing of the light. “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” The implication is that every person is a candle. Most of them are unlit and lost in the dark. When the human candles are ignited the darkness goes away.
Today is Human Light Day. It’s a special holiday for humanists from all religions and wisdom persuasions to enjoy. December 23rd was chosen due to its proximity to the Solstice and is within the celebratory “Holiday Season” westerners enjoy. It is yet another constructive “reason for the season”.
Have a Happy Human Life Day!