4 Spine-Tingling Passages from Radiance Sutras
Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche, PhD might just change your life.
It will speak to the deepest core of your being, transcending ego and identity and calling you out directly as the boundless creative soul that you are. It will leave you tingling with delight, inspired beyond imagination, and utterly illuminated… as soon you can get your jaw off the floor from the sheer shock of confronting such raw intimate truth.
I can’t even believe REGULAR PEOPLE are allowed to read this!
It was a sacred privilege reserved for monks and esoteric translators… until now, #sograteful.
Ok, let’s back up.
The basic gist here is that this is a contemporary interpretation and translation of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, a key text of the Trika school of Kashmir Shaivism, wisdom that stems from about one thousand c.e. (yeah that’s a looooooong time ago).
It consists of 112 contemplative meditations (dharanas) as an intimate exchange between the divine feminine, Shakti – the creative energy permeating the universe, and the divine masculine, Shiva- the infinite consciousness that embraces her, where Shakti is the seeker exploring the awe of existence and Shiva ravishes her with beautiful poetic truth.
This story really sets the stage for just how intimate the passages feel, and the reader is enveloped in this energetically sensual exchange, imbuing the whole reading experience with a sense of secrecy and voyeurism, as if you’re peeking into the nature of cosmic creation and feeling like you’re not really supposed to be there as a mere mortal.
Many of the passages include instruction for meditation (such as focusing on the breath, sensations, or light) intended to deepen the meditator’s experience, and some are just so powerful that you’re stunned into silence and meditation ensues without even trying.
To add even more significance to this particular translation is the story of the author, Lorin Roche, and how he studied this text for 40 years, learning from the many teachers and timeless sages that have devoted themselves to living and understanding these passages through the ages. As the reader you can really feel the immense love and respect with which every word was carefully chosen to exalt the passages in reverence of their full potential to awaken the universal spirit within all of us.
I could go on and on but I’ll stop here and share some of my favorite passages to date, but you really need to get this book to explore it for yourself, it is worth SO much more than whatever it costs.
In no particular order…
Holiness permeates everywhere.
Senses cannot grasp it.
Images cannot represent it.
It is totally free-
Free to appear as form,
Free to be beyond form.
Heart and body and mind in unison,
Attend to the unimaginable.
In the intercourse of unknowable and known,
An awakening will be born in you
As you join with that reality
Which you already are.
The roar of joy that set the worlds in motion
Is reverberating in your body
And the space between all bodies.
Find that exuberant vibration
Rising new in every moment,
Humming in your secret places,
Resounding through the channels of delight.
Know you are flooded by it always.
Float with the sound.
Melt with it into divine silence.
The sacred power of space will carry you
Into the dancing radiant emptiness
That is the source of all.
The ocean of sound is inviting you
Into its spacious embrace,
Calling you home.
You who have been seeking, whatever path you are on,
A moment will come when
Divine pulsation grabs you
And carries you into its dance.
In the midst of ecstatic motion,
Your body dissolves into light, leaving only
The softly glowing benediction of bones.
You become the face of fury, yet serene within.
Eyes fly open in amazement,
Seeing the unseen vastness.
Or you become a tongue tasting upward
Into the nectar of eternity.
The soul reveals itself to itself
Energy-infused undulations and gestures
of hand, foot, spine, face, and form.
The invisible loves the visible.
Abandon all these attitudes
Of wanting to prolong pleasure
or avoid suffering.
Let the heart be itself and feel
Whatever is there.
Freed from clinging and avoiding,
The heart regains its poise
And revels in creation.
Plunging deep into its center,
Discover that the heart is moved
By a pulse that is everywhere.
This is a great resource for any yoga teachers who like to begin or end class with thoughtful passages, meditators looking for some beautiful inspiration, and basically anyone with an open mind and heart who appreciates creativity.