Louis Armstrong croons his famous song –
I see skies of blue, and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself – What a wonderful world…
It was perhaps the first time that I had heard of the night being sacred. The Night is, of course, dark, but sacred? Maybe it rhymed, maybe it was some flash of insight… Tonight though, Gurudev revealed one of the secrets of the night.
He asked us, when can you see more? During the day or at night?
Coming from Him it had to be a trick question, and so the obvious answer was obviously wrong 🙂 Some people said day, others said night. No one said why they said so.
He explained – During the day, what you can see is so limited. It is in the night that you can see the vastness of the stars, the galaxies, the heavenly parade. The night gives you a glimpse of infinity. The day actually prevents you from seeing you are part of this Humungous Grand Creation.
Tonight is the night of Devi Kaalaratri. Her form is quite fierce, but her power is to grant you a glimpse of infinity, and that deep enchanted magical rest that only night can provide.
On a side note, did you know that more than 80% of the light receptor cells in your eyes, the rods and cones, are made to see in the dark?!
Tonight, switch off all the lights. Keep your eyes open and sit for 15 minutes or so. Experience the Sacred Darkness of the night. If you do this every night, it is said that your vision will improve.
Night in Sanskrit is Ratri – literally meaning that which gives peace to the three – Body, Mind and Soul. Have a beautiful sacred good night tonight!
What a wonderful world… What a wonderful world…