– The starry sky is also a book…
‘When we are faced with the immensity and splendour of the heavens, we sometimes feel lost. But losing ourselves in contemplation of the sky is not a goal; we must go further, for the starry sky is also a book, one that speaks not just to our intellect. The knowledge it imparts to us is imprinted within us and can transform our lives. This is true knowledge: we are illumined by a light that surpasses us, a light that orientates our thoughts, our feelings and our actions.
I have read books on astronomy, I have listened to astronomers present their research, and often I have been very impressed. But how different this is from the experience I have had of contemplating a starry sky, with no desire other than to dissolve in its immensity! A sense of peace stole over me little by little, lifting me higher; my only wish was to tear myself from the earth, to go far into space and make contact with the spiritual entities that manifest physically as stars.
Once projected into these regions, I felt nothing was more important than to unite with the cosmic Spirit and allow it to penetrate me, to bring me to a true understanding of things, an understanding which permeated my every cell.
Astronomers observe the night sky, but most of them confine themselves to its material reality. Unaware that there are intelligent beings inhabiting and working on these celestial bodies, they reduce everything to mechanical laws, so their soul and spirit gain little from their studies. They are like mountaineers whose only goal in scaling a summit is athletic achievement or the study of rocks or atmospheric variations. They forget to look at the mountain and commune with its beauty, its purity and its power.
Contemplating a starry sky, like climbing a mountain, should give human beings the solution to all their problems, because it opens the doors to the heavens within them. Those who become accustomed to looking at the stars with love – who meditate on cosmic harmony, on these lights that have come such a great distance in time and space – travel in thought through the spiritual realms that also lie within themselves.’
Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov
Izvor 241, The Philosopher Stone