13 February 2011

'according to buddhist theory, one's physical eyes may be opened, yet they perceive only darkness, while with eyes closed, when one is engaged in meditation, perfect spiritual insight is possible. to hindus, the visible world is an illusion (maya) which can be overcome by meditation upon the supreme. the hightst aim of the religious devotee, or yogin, is to "see" with his spiritual eyes the eternal essence with which he tries to identify (samadhi). 'the seer sees not death, nor sickness, nor any distress. the seer sees only the All, obtains the All entirely.''

/ quote from the chapter "the eye of god" from the book The Eclipse of Symbolism by Peter Fingesten, 1970 - a brilliant & fascinating book.