326

Is God Actually Pure Darkness?

candle in the dark

I have just emerged from a week-long retreat in pure darkness 24 hours a day, which I co-facilitated with a shamanic healer called Luca Firewolf. During the retreat we followed some of the methods from Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, a Tantric writing that is a few thousand years old. There are some sutras in it in which one is guided to enter darkness for meditation and contemplation. We listened to Osho’s discourses from this sutra, which included the following:

“Essenes say that God is darkness, and there is something in it. One thing: darkness is eternal. Light comes and goes and darkness remains. In the morning the sun will rise and there will be light; in the evening the sun will set and there will be darkness. For darkness nothing will rise — it is always there. It never rises and never sets. Light comes and goes; darkness remains. Light always has some source; darkness is without source. That which has some source cannot be infinite; only that which is sourceless can be infinite and eternal. Light has a certain disturbance; that’s why you cannot sleep in light. It creates a tension. Darkness is relaxation, total relaxation.”

Osho

The Vigyana Bhairava Tantra vol two The Book of the Secrets : A new commentary 

This whole idea that God, that the Creator, is actually darkness is quite different from the more popular idea of the Divine as light. Yet there is something quite profound within it.
As we started the retreat, we sat in a circle in our lightproof meditation hall, each person with a small candle. We gazed into the candle flame and contemplated the ephemeral nature of the light: the flame constantly flickers, reminding us that the light is ever-changing. The light began when we struck the match and will end when we blow it out…it is finite.

After blowing out our candles we look into the darkness. Quite different from looking at a flame, which is an object you can focus on. The darkness has no point of focus, nor any boundaries can be found there. It is limitless, formless, eternal. You look and look and you see the infinite. Of course at first you may be tempted to project your fears into the darkness, but if you simply sit and face those then you will come to see that they are not real. Then your mind becomes clear and comes face to face with The Eternal. In the pure darkness there is nothing there and yet there is something.

Now all of these are words frequently used in association with God: eternal, limitless, infinite.

Yet we associate the dark with many negative things: evil, manipulation, ghosts, crimes…how can it be that darkness has such negative associations whilst pure darkness is relaxing, calming and eternal? These dark associations are still part of duality…in the world of light, there are also shadows. As soon as we turn on the lights again, then form appears as an appearance of light and shadow.

As I sit in the pure darkness I feel that I am sat face to face with the Creator of all. This darkness was there at the beginning and will be there at the end when all has gone again. It is actually there the whole time, like a crucible holding all of existence. The darkness holds the candlelight, even though we miss it because our attention is drawn to the appearance of the light. But when you sit in the darkness meditation hall, you come to realise how eternal the darkness really is, like a silent presence holding everything.

And you can see how light is the form of this formlessness. Light is the manifestation of this eternal darkness, just as sound is the manifestation of silence. Light is the created, darkness the Creator. Perhaps the Eternal Existence simply wanted to experience itself, and thus it created light (didn’t God say “let there be light!”). So turn out the lights and gaze deeply into pure darkness and you can return to the Creator. Simple as that! Instant enlightenment in the dark!

And somehow as you sit with the deep peace of darkness, you can see how clear light is a pure creation of this formlessness. The shadows that are created by the light may simply be the price we pay in order to see the truth manifested as light. The shadows are just a trick of the light! And when we blow out the light, the shadows also are extinguished.

It is an incredibly simple yet profoundly strong way to enter non-duality: enter the darkness. Pure darkness, 100%…because even a small shaft of light will create illusions. And then all light and shadow is gone, all good and bad is gone, all beauty and ugliness is gone. There is nothing to judge. Nothing to cling to. And the body-mind starts a deep deep relaxation, returning to its source. A week spent as if resting back in the womb. A detoxification healing process of body, mind and emotions begins all on its own, taking us back to our original nature.

“Darkness seems to be the womb out of which everything arises and into which everything falls.”

Osho

The Vigyana Bhairava Tantra vol two The Book of the Secrets : A new commentary 

I recommend to everyone to try at least one Darkness Retreat in a lifetime, to have the great privilege to die without dying. Like taking a sneaky peek behind the veils of illusion, turning off the movie of life for a brief pause, resting in the presence of the Creator with nothing to do…an opportunity to re-frame your whole perception of life and to emerge reborn and ready to live life afresh. As the sufi’s would say: get drunken on darkness!!!

“Sufis have used this method, a particular sect of Sufis, and those Sufis are known as drunken Sufis. They are drunk with this darkness. They make holes in the ground, and they lie down in the holes every night, and they meditate lying down in their holes — meditating darkness, becoming one with it. And their eyes will show you that they are intoxicated. You can feel from their eyes such deep relaxation, such a relaxed vibration, that it can happen only if you are deeply intoxicated or feeling very sleepy. Only then can your eyes show that expression. They are known as drunken Sufis — and they are drunk with darkness.”

Osho

The Vigyana Bhairava Tantra vol two The Book of the Secrets : A new commentary 


Shashi Solluna leads Darkness Retreats every year at Zorba the Buddha (an Osho centre) in New Delhi, India. Please see the website SollunaTantra.com for more info. You can also find resources for Darkness Meditation, other articles and a short video all on this link.

To read the full Osho discourse please click here.

Osho

Osho

Comments 326

  1. jude Louis

    Nature though is divine, but is darkness. Nature is god. Nature is creator. Man is a god. Man is a creator. The three kings possess the ability to create. . The Most high is the first king.. We dwell in Nature, where darkness operates with light. That is the polarity. The Most High is Light. That we can see in the light of God the necessary things and what we need to compliment our own creation. Nature Mostly creates in the dark. We are holidaymakers here and we will go but nature remains. The light is from the Most High to support our stay here which the nature cannot give. The nature content rotates and light is static. So the nature rotates to borrow light from the most high to light her world. Every god creates. Our flesh is of the nature, and that is why it omits no light, but our spirit is of the most high, and omits light even in darkness. Our imaginary or pineal gland gives illumination unto objects and structures. … Nature is a co-creator, and she is god. We are bound to reverence, and observe nature. The spirit of the Most high in us don’t go to shoes or grave with our mortal body. It departs from the flesh at our last breath to the owner. The sun of righteousness will be lifted with the two wings out of the body. …

  2. church suits

    965328 189299You produced some decent points there. I looked on the internet for that issue and located most individuals goes along with along along with your internet web site. 937197

  3. nike air max

    Good site! I truly love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well written. I’m wondering how I might be notified when a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed which must do the trick! Have a nice day!
    nike air max

  4. ultra boost 4.0

    Knight finally written pledge to fulfill a military order!Owen Jefferson suspected the contradiction, huang zhan anger: don’t win playoff team and the team retired showdown between the more and more intense, will the rockets in just eliminated the spurs tomorrow will come and warriors in the first fight
    ultra boost 4.0

  5. 卷筒纸

    735637 610855Cheers for this excellent. I was wondering whether you were preparing of publishing comparable posts to this. .Maintain up the excellent articles! 533780

  6. lebron james shoes

    Just wish to say your article is as surprising. The clarity in your submit is just spectacular and that i could assume you are an expert in this subject. Well with your permission allow me to clutch your RSS feed to stay up to date with drawing close post. Thanks a million and please carry on the rewarding work.
    lebron james shoes

  7. SEO Services

    737523 448515Can I just say what a relief to search out somebody who genuinely is aware of what theyre speaking about on the internet. You undoubtedly know how to deliver a problem to light and make it important. Extra folks require to learn this and perceive this facet with the story. I cant consider youre no a lot more common because you positively have the gift. 136839

  8. Stacy

    Hello! Someone in my Myspace group shared this site with us
    so I came to check it out. I’m definitely enjoying
    the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to
    my followers! Exceptional blog and terrific
    style and design.

  9. money order generic prometrium shop

    With havin so much written content do you ever run into any
    problems of plagorism or copyright infringement? My website has a lot of
    unique content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it seems a lot
    of it is popping it up all over the internet
    without my permission. Do you know any methods to help prevent content from being ripped off?
    I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  10. Lien

    I blog quite often and I genuinely appreciate your content.
    This article has really peaked my interest. I will take a note
    of your blog and keep checking for new information about once per week.

    I opted in for your Feed as well.

  11. buy progynon uk tesco

    Excellent blog! Do you have any helpful hints
    for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own site soon but
    I’m a little lost on everything. Would you recommend starting with a free platform like
    Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m
    totally overwhelmed .. Any tips? Appreciate it!

  12. buy endometrin mastercard

    Hey I am so excited I found your blog, I really found you by
    error, while I was searching on Google for something else, Nonetheless I am here now and would
    just like to say cheers for a remarkable post
    and a all round exciting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time
    to read it all at the moment but I have bookmarked it and
    also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read much
    more, Please do keep up the awesome b.

  13. Alex

    What i don’t understood is in truth how you are now
    not really a lot more neatly-preferred than you may be right now.
    You are very intelligent. You understand thus significantly
    relating to this topic, made me for my part consider it from a lot of various angles.
    Its like men and women don’t seem to be fascinated except it’s one
    thing to do with Woman gaga! Your individual stuffs outstanding.
    At all times maintain it up!

  14. online casino dealer hiring in pampanga slot canyon utah map

    I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right
    here. The sketch is tasteful, your authored subject matter stylish.
    nonetheless, you command get bought an nervousness over that you wish be delivering the following.
    unwell unquestionably come more formerly again as exactly the
    same nearly a lot often inside case you shield this increase.

  15. cheap aldactone online cost

    Someone necessarily assist to make severely posts I’d state.
    This is the first time I frequented your web page and so far?
    I surprised with the research you made to create this actual publish extraordinary.
    Great task!

  16. kemadrin where to order canada

    Hello there, I think your site may be having web browser compatibility problems.
    When I take a look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine however, if opening in IE, it has some
    overlapping issues. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!

    Aside from that, wonderful website!

  17. help

    Wow, wonderful weblog structure! How lengthy have you ever been running a blog for?
    you made blogging look easy. The full glance of your website
    is wonderful, let alone the content!

  18. Elvis

    Hmm is anyone else having problems with the pictures on this blog
    loading? I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end
    or if it’s the blog. Any responses would be greatly appreciated.

  19. similar

    I think that what you posted made a great deal of sense.
    However, what about this? what if you typed a catchier title?
    I mean, I don’t wish to tell you how to run your website,
    however what if you added something that makes
    people desire more? I mean About Dark Enlightenment and God | Shashi Solluna is a
    little boring. You should look at Yahoo’s home page and watch how
    they create article titles to grab viewers to click.
    You might try adding a video or a related picture
    or two to get people excited about what you’ve got
    to say. Just my opinion, it might bring your website a little livelier.

  20. Sherlene

    You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but
    I find this topic to be really something which I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complex and very broad for me. I am looking forward for your
    next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  21. Edison

    Hey there outstanding website! Does running a blog such as this take a large amount of work?
    I’ve virtually no understanding of programming but I was hoping to start
    my own blog soon. Anyhow, if you have any suggestions or techniques
    for new blog owners please share. I know this is
    off topic however I just had to ask. Many thanks!

  22. levothyroxine tablets online money order

    I think that everything published made a great deal of sense.
    But, think on this, what if you added a little content?
    I ain’t suggesting your information isn’t solid, but
    suppose you added a headline that grabbed people’s attention? I mean About
    Dark Enlightenment and God | Shashi Solluna is a little boring.
    You ought to glance at Yahoo’s home page and watch how they create post
    headlines to get people interested. You might add a video or a pic or two to get readers interested about everything’ve got to say.
    In my opinion, it would make your website a little livelier.

  23. money order clostilbegyt pharmacy canada

    Hmm it seems like your site ate my first comment (it was super long) so
    I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying
    your blog. I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new
    to the whole thing. Do you have any helpful hints for inexperienced blog writers?
    I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  24. buy combigan online shop australia

    Hey, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues.

    When I look at your blog site in Ie, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping.
    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, amazing blog!

  25. cheap daivobet order australia

    Hi! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d
    figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest authoring a blog post or vice-versa?
    My site discusses a lot of the same subjects as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you happen to be interested feel free to shoot me an e-mail.
    I look forward to hearing from you! Terrific blog by the way!

  26. dicyclomine money order now otc

    I do not know whether it’s just me or if perhaps everyone else experiencing
    issues with your website. It seems like some of the
    written text within your posts are running off the screen. Can somebody else please comment and
    let me know if this is happening to them as well?

    This may be a issue with my internet browser because I’ve had
    this happen before. Cheers

  27. order now ketorolac payment

    obviously like your website but you have to take a look
    at the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife
    with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to inform the
    truth nevertheless I will definitely come back again.

  28. order kemadrin tabletas

    I blog quite often and I seriously appreciate your content.

    Your article has truly peaked my interest. I will bookmark your blog and keep checking for new details about once a week.
    I opted in for your Feed too.

  29. generic augmentin buy canada

    You are so awesome! I don’t think I’ve truly read something like
    this before. So great to discover somebody
    with some unique thoughts on this topic. Seriously..
    thank you for starting this up. This web site is one thing that’s needed on the web, someone with a bit of originality!

  30. Layne

    It’s really a cool and useful piece of info.
    I am glad that you shared this helpful information with us.
    Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  31. price clamoxin reacoes

    Hey there! This is kind of off topic but I need some
    help from an established blog. Is it tough to set up your own blog?
    I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast.
    I’m thinking about setting up my own but I’m not sure where to begin. Do you have any points or suggestions?
    Thank you

  32. uczciwy

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I have really loved surfing around your blog posts.
    In any case I will be subscribing in your rss feed and I hope you write
    again soon!

  33. Chiquita

    Hello there! This is kind of off topic but I need some help from an established blog.
    Is it difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty
    quick. I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to begin. Do you have any points or suggestions?
    With thanks

  34. doctor

    You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic
    to be really something that I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I’m looking
    forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  35. duomox can i purchase usa

    Hi! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this website?
    I’m getting sick and tired of WordPress because I’ve had problems with hackers and I’m looking at alternatives for another platform.
    I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  36. price avanafil patch

    My coder is trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.

    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on various websites for about a year and am concerned about
    switching to another platform. I have heard fantastic things about blogengine.net.

    Is there a way I can import all my wordpress content into it?

    Any help would be really appreciated!

  37. Luciana

    Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all people you really recognise
    what you are speaking approximately! Bookmarked. Please also seek
    advice from my website =). We will have a hyperlink trade agreement between us

  38. purchase now vivitrol mastercard uk

    Whats up are using WordPress for your blog platform?

    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own. Do you need any coding expertise to make your own blog?
    Any help would be really appreciated!

  39. bigo live video

    Aw, this wass a very nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to create a
    good article… but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and don’t manage to get
    nearly anything done.

  40. cheapest spirotone order now store

    Magnificent beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your site, how
    can i subscribe for a blog website? The account aided me a acceptable deal.
    I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast
    provided bright clear idea

  41. meldonium price help

    I was suggested this blog via my cousin. I am not certain whether this submit is written via him as nobody
    else recognize such precise about my difficulty.
    You’re amazing! Thank you!

  42. purchase now cheap clavaseptin otc

    A person necessarily assist to make critically posts I’d state.
    That is the first time I frequented your website page
    and up to now? I amazed with the analysis you made to make this particular put up extraordinary.

    Excellent job!

  43. duomox cost target

    Thanks for the auspicious writeup. It if truth be told used to be
    a enjoyment account it. Glance complex to more brought agreeable from you!
    By the way, how can we communicate?

  44. buy now nodict visa usa

    Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Many thanks, However I am having problems with your
    RSS. I don’t know the reason why I can’t subscribe to it.
    Is there anybody having similar RSS issues? Anybody
    who knows the answer can you kindly respond?
    Thanx!!

  45. buy duomox shop

    Hi there! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers?
    I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any tips?

  46. order online microgest tablets

    I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create
    this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
    Plz reply as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to
    know where u got this from. thank you

  47. Laurence

    hello there and thank you for your information –
    I have certainly picked up anything new from right here.
    I did however expertise a few technical issues using this
    website, since I experienced to reload the site
    many times previous to I could get it to load properly.
    I had been wondering if your web host is OK? Not that I am complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will sometimes affect your placement in google and can damage your high-quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords.
    Anyway I’m adding this RSS to my email and
    can look out for much more of your respective
    intriguing content. Make sure you update this again very soon.

  48. cheap bimatoprost buy online visa

    You are so cool! I do not suppose I have read a single thing
    like that before. So great to discover someone with some genuine
    thoughts on this subject matter. Really.. thanks for starting
    this up. This web site is one thing that’s needed on the internet, someone with a
    bit of originality!

  49. buy cheapest progeffik online payment

    Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after browsing
    through many of the articles I realized it’s new to me.
    Nonetheless, I’m definitely happy I stumbled upon it
    and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back often!

  50. www.alex-jacob-stiftung.de

    Have you ever considered publishing an ebook or guest authoring on other sites?

    I have a blog based upon on the same topics you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my audience would value your work.
    If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.

  51. average price cabergoline

    Excellent goods from you, man. I have remember your stuff previous to and you’re just too fantastic.

    I really like what you have obtained right here, certainly like what you are stating and the way in which you assert it.

    You’re making it enjoyable and you still take care
    of to stay it sensible. I can’t wait to learn far more from you.

    That is actually a tremendous site.

  52. can i buy euthyrox usa

    Excellent blog here! Also your web site loads up fast!
    What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link
    to your host? I wish my site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  53. Craig

    Nice blog here! Also your site loads up very fast! What web host are you using?
    Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my website loaded up as fast as yours lol

  54. purchase now online carafate

    I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your
    blog. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes
    it much more enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often. Did
    you hire out a designer to create your theme? Exceptional work!

  55. buy now omifin payment usa

    Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if
    you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet
    my newest twitter updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some
    time and was hoping maybe you would have some
    experience with something like this. Please let me know
    if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look
    forward to your new updates.

  56. mail order chantix shopping uk

    Great post. I was checking continuously this
    blog and I’m inspired! Very helpful information specifically the final section 🙂 I maintain such information a lot.
    I used to be seeking this certain info for a long time.
    Thank you and good luck.

  57. femring price germany

    Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all of us
    you really know what you’re speaking approximately!
    Bookmarked. Please additionally consult with my website
    =). We may have a hyperlink trade contract among us

  58. buy careprost online shop usa

    We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.
    Your website offered us with valuable information to
    work on. You’ve done an impressive job and our whole community will be thankful
    to you.

  59. Rudolph

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long comment
    but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show
    up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways,
    just wanted to say superb blog!

  60. cheap florinef buy shopping usa

    Simply wish to say your article is as amazing.

    The clearness in your post is just cool and i could assume you’re an expert on this subject.

    Fine with your permission allow me to grab your
    feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry on the enjoyable work.

  61. Fae

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems
    as though you relied on the video to make your point.

    You clearly know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence
    on just posting videos to your site when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

  62. medication

    Greetings! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and
    say I truly enjoy reading through your blog posts.
    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same topics?
    Thank you!

  63. Miquel

    Spot on with this write-up, I absolutely believe this website needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be
    back again to read more, thanks for the info!

  64. price ivermectin remedio

    Definitely consider that which you said. Your favourite reason seemed
    to be at the web the easiest factor to have in mind of. I
    say to you, I certainly get irked even as folks consider worries that they just don’t know about.
    You managed to hit the nail upon the highest as smartly as
    defined out the entire thing with no need side-effects , people can take a signal.
    Will likely be back to get more. Thank you

  65. norethisterone price nz

    May I simply say what a comfort to uncover someone that
    actually understands what they’re discussing over the internet.

    You certainly realize how to bring an issue to light and make it important.
    More people need to look at this and understand
    this side of your story. I was surprised you are not more popular
    because you surely have the gift.

  66. mail order cheap astonin pharmacy otc

    An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend who has been conducting a little homework
    on this. And he actually ordered me breakfast because I discovered it for him…
    lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanks for spending the time to talk about this matter here on your internet site.

  67. mail order cheap mectizan uk

    Hey! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after checking
    through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back often!

  68. how to buy acnotin australia

    Greetings! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this
    site? I’m getting tired of WordPress because I’ve had problems
    with hackers and I’m looking at alternatives for another platform.
    I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  69. order femring next day delivery

    Unquestionably believe that which you stated. Your favourite reason appeared to be on the net the simplest thing to
    consider of. I say to you, I certainly get annoyed even as other people think about issues that
    they just don’t understand about. You managed to hit the nail upon the highest and
    also defined out the whole thing without having side effect
    , other folks can take a signal. Will probably be
    again to get more. Thank you

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *