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Thomas Merton, “Disputed Questions” — One of the Lost Teachings of the West: Light-Mysticism (old post of mine from the archive)
 There is a chapter in the book, “Disputed Questions”, by Thomas Merton on how the concept of Light-mysticism got lost in the Catholic-Protestant West but somewhat retained in Orthodoxy. Merton wrote about a major dispute in church history between a scholar by the name of Barlaam and the great Light-mystic Saint Gregory Palamas. It’s a fascinating account! Barlamm argued, like some do today, that spiritual experiences are never real, that they are merely “in your head.” Saint Gregory, fortunately for spirituality in the Orthodox East, prevailed, and the Churches of the East continue to hold the view that we human beings, even now, while alive in this present life, can see visions of the Light of heaven. Visions of Light are still OK like they were during the time of early Christianity on the road to Damascus — on the Radiant Road To Reality. “If thine eye be single, thy body shall be filled with Light.” (Yeshua)
 Russell Perkins, in “The Stranger of Galilee,” Sant Bani Books, comments on this chapter of Merton’s “Disputed Questions”:
 “Unfortunately the western church did not accept the belief of Saint Gregory Palamas that divine Light could be experienced directly in the present life, which means that most of us with Catholic or Protestant backgrounds do not have this heritage; even though MYSTICS in both Catholic and Protestant traditions have understood it.”
 “Certainly St. John of the Cross, Hilegard, and other western mystics have reported visions of God’s Light. Though I agree that most of us growing up in this culture and in the Western churches remain unaware of the possibility of seeing the Light of heaven, and, to my knowledge, it’s never taught in the churches.”
 Yeshua: “Do not cease seeking day or night and do not rest until you find the Mysteries of the Kingdom of the Light, which will purify you and make you into pure Light and take you into the Kingdom of Light.” (“Pistis Sophia,” Faith-Wisdom, EJ Brill Books)
 “The Light of life is in you; indeed you live by that very Light whether you realize it or not. Each one of you has had an experience of that Holy Light. Now you must live in constant contact with the Holy Light. It is uncreated and shadowless, eternally the same and peerless. The whole creation came into being by the same Light, and that very Light is shining in every heart.”
 “The Light of life must be made manifest in existence. Be ye a witness to the Light of life, not only within yourself but in others as well, for the same Light shineth everywhere and there is no place where it is not.”
 “Once you discover this Light and learn to live by it, your whole existence will be changed. Love will permeate your very being and it will burst forth from the very pores of your body, transmuting all dross into sterling gold.” (Kirpal Singh)
 Peace Be To You, and Light,
 James

santmat:

Thomas Merton, “Disputed Questions” — One of the Lost Teachings of the West: Light-Mysticism (old post of mine from the archive)


There is a chapter in the book, “Disputed Questions”, by Thomas Merton on how the concept of Light-mysticism got lost in the Catholic-Protestant West but somewhat retained in Orthodoxy. Merton wrote about a major dispute in church history between a scholar by the name of Barlaam and the great Light-mystic Saint Gregory Palamas. It’s a fascinating account! Barlamm argued, like some do today, that spiritual experiences are never real, that they are merely “in your head.” Saint Gregory, fortunately for spirituality in the Orthodox East, prevailed, and the Churches of the East continue to hold the view that we human beings, even now, while alive in this present life, can see visions of the Light of heaven. Visions of Light are still OK like they were during the time of early Christianity on the road to Damascus — on the Radiant Road To Reality. “If thine eye be single, thy body shall be filled with Light.” (Yeshua)


Russell Perkins, in “The Stranger of Galilee,” Sant Bani Books, comments on this chapter of Merton’s “Disputed Questions”:


“Unfortunately the western church did not accept the belief of Saint Gregory Palamas that divine Light could be experienced directly in the present life, which means that most of us with Catholic or Protestant backgrounds do not have this heritage; even though MYSTICS in both Catholic and Protestant traditions have understood it.”


“Certainly St. John of the Cross, Hilegard, and other western mystics have reported visions of God’s Light. Though I agree that most of us growing up in this culture and in the Western churches remain unaware of the possibility of seeing the Light of heaven, and, to my knowledge, it’s never taught in the churches.”


Yeshua: “Do not cease seeking day or night and do not rest until you find the Mysteries of the Kingdom of the Light, which will purify you and make you into pure Light and take you into the Kingdom of Light.” (“Pistis Sophia,” Faith-Wisdom, EJ Brill Books)


“The Light of life is in you; indeed you live by that very Light whether you realize it or not. Each one of you has had an experience of that Holy Light. Now you must live in constant contact with the Holy Light. It is uncreated and shadowless, eternally the same and peerless. The whole creation came into being by the same Light, and that very Light is shining in every heart.”


“The Light of life must be made manifest in existence. Be ye a witness to the Light of life, not only within yourself but in others as well, for the same Light shineth everywhere and there is no place where it is not.”


“Once you discover this Light and learn to live by it, your whole existence will be changed. Love will permeate your very being and it will burst forth from the very pores of your body, transmuting all dross into sterling gold.” (Kirpal Singh)


Peace Be To You, and Light,


James

Destiny is real. And she’s not mild-mannered. She will come around and hit you in the face and knock you over and before you know what hit you, you’re naked- stripped of everything you thought you knew and everything you thought you didn’t know- and there you are! A bloody nose, bruises all over you, and naked. And it’s the most beautiful thing.

C. JoyBell C. (via observando)