Translucent presence

Shiva said: Feel the cosmos as a translucent ever-living presence.
This technique is based on inner sensitivity. First grow in sensitivity. Just close your doors, make the room dark, and light a small candle. Sit near the candle with a very loving attitude - rather, with a prayerful attitude. Just pray to the candle, "Reveal yourself to me."
Take a bath, throw cold water on your eyes, then sit in a very prayerful mood before the candle. Look at it and forget everything else. Just look at the small candle - the flame and the candle. Go on looking at it. After five minutes you will feel that many things are changing in the candle. They are not changing in the candle - remember. Your eyes are changing.
With a loving attitude, with the whole world closed out, with total concentration, with a feeling heart, just go on looking at the candle and the flame. Then you will discover new colors around the flame, new shades which you were never aware were there. They are there: the whole rainbow is there. Wherever light is, the rainbow is there because light is all color. You need a subtle sensitivity. Just feel it and go on looking at it. Even if tears start flowing, go on looking at it. Those tears will help your eyes to be more fresh. Sometimes you may feel that the flame, the candle, has become mysterious. It is not the ordinary candle you brought with you. It has taken on a new glamour. A subtle divineness has come into it.
Go on doing this. You can also do this with many other things. Sensitivity must grow. Your every sense must become more alive. Then you can experiment with this technique. "Feel the cosmos as a translucent ever-living presence." Everywhere light is - in many, many shapes, forms, light is happening everywhere. Look at it! And light is everywhere, because the whole phenomenon is based on the foundation of light. Look at a leaf or a flower or a rock, and sooner or later you will feel rays coming out of it. Just wait patiently. Don't be in a hurry because nothing is revealed when you are in a hurry. In a hurry you are dull. Wait silently with anything, and you will discover a new phe¬nomenon which was always there, but to which you were not alert - not aware of it.
"Feel the cosmos as a translucent ever-living presence," and your mind will become completely silent as you feel the presence of the ever-living existence.


You will be just a part in it, just a note in the great symphony. No burden, no tension: the drop has fallen into the ocean. But great imagination will be needed in the beginning, and if you are also trying other sensitivity training it will be helpful. You can try many ways. Just take someone's hand into your hand. Close your eyes and feel the life in the other. Feel it, and allow it to move toward you. Feel your own life and allow it to move toward the other. Sit near a tree and touch the bark of the tree. Close your eyes and feel the life arising in the tree, and you change immediately. If this method is done for three months, you will be living in a dif¬ferent world because now you will be different.