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Let there be Light and Peace in the world 

To the Being of Infinite Light

Thou who liveth within my heart !

Awaken me to the immensity of thy spirit,
to the experience of thy living presence!
Deliver me from the bonds of desire,
from the slavery of small aims,
from the delusion of narrow egohood!

Enlighten me with the light of thy wisdom !

Suffuse me with the incandescence of thy love,
which includes and embraces the darkness,
like the light that surrounds the dark core of the flame,
like the love of a mother that surrounds
the growing life in the darkness of her womb,
like the earth protecting the tender germ of the seed.

Let me be the seed of thy living light!

Give me the strength to burst the sheath of selfhood,
and like the seed that dies in order to be reborn,
let me fearlessly go through the portals of death,
so that I may awaken to the greater life:
the all-embracing life of thy love,
the all-embracing love of thy wisdom.

Lama Anagarika Govinda
in 'The Way of the White Clouds

 

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