The Times of India
17 October 2009
If you want to light a lamp, you need four things. First a container, second oil, third a wick and fourth a match box. If anyone of these is lacking, you cannot light the lamp. This lamp can, however, remove only the darkness that lies outside.
How is the darkness in the heart to be removed? It can be removed only by Jnana Jyoti, the light of wisdom, and by nothing else. How is this spiritual light to be lit? This also needs four elements.
Vairagya or detachment is the container. Bhakti or devotion is the oil. Ekaagrata, one-pointed concentration, is the wick. Jnana or knowledge of the Supreme Truth is the matchstick. Without all the four, the light of spiritual wisdom cannot be got.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Our society is bathed in artificial light, and submerged in spiritual darkness. Everywhere there is light, except in the hearts of the people. Spiritual enlightenment is our greatest need.
Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.
All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.
St Francis of Assissi
Compiled by The Times of India