Happy Hanukkah! Hanukkah is about the miracle of the eternal light. But few people know the meaning of the eternal light. Below is an article that I think will help to clarify the inner meaning of Hanukkah for all of you who would like to go deeper in your practice.
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I just realized that in one way I am remiss. As I have said this teaching on Self-Knowledge is not a separate religion. It is at the core of many religions. In this blog and in my book, Making Your Wisdom Come Alive I have given examples from Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism , Taoism, and Christianity.
But I just realized that I left out Judaism. Now that it is Hanukkah, I want to take the time to remedy that. The short version of the story of Hanukkah goes like this. In the Jewish temple there is an eternal light that shines over the book of knowledge, Torah. You are never supposed to let this light go out.
After a war however, it was discovered that there was just enough oil for one day. But miraculously, that oil burned for eight days (the time it took to have new oil pressed and made ready).
Here is the secret meaning of this story
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This symbol of the eternal light is actual meant to point to your own Consciousness. Even now your true identity is Consciousness. It is by this light that you know your mind, body, and the world. You know that the mind is in constant motion, and that sometimes your thoughts disappear completely like in the state of deep sleep. You also know that day by day your body is getting older as it inexorably marches on towards death. The world too is in constant motion and sometimes like when you sleep it disappears completely.
But for all of these changes, at some level you feel that you do not change. If you want to discover your changeless identity you have to consider this: Where do you stand so you know about these changes. That changeless place that sees the motion of the universe as it rises, stays for a few seconds in cosmic time, and then disappears, that is the real you.
It is however easy to overlook your essential nature and latch your identity on to the objects that you see. That’s because you can’t know the Self as an object. None of your senses can reach there. But you can know the eternal light of Consciousness directly, because that is your true home. Here the boarders and limitations that you thought were you disappear. You become everything and nothing both at the same time. Abiding here you get to experience the freedom that you longed for. And you discover the miracle of the eternal light.
Even now you live in the eternal light
The way to this truth is thought Self-Knowledge. No action can take you to that which you already are. After all, what can you do to get to the place where you live already? That is the meaning of the symbol of the book of knowledge. So the next time you see the eternal light shining over the book of knowledge, remember what you really are. Abide there and be free.
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Here I always encourage questions. People take too much for granted about the world, their body, mind, and their nature. Questioning encourages you to take a fresh look. Looking afresh, once again life becomes fresh and a real adventure. Without changing a thing, everyday experiences become completely new. If you need help with your questions you can write me at
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