Walter Cronk, Golden Light [excerpts]: (1) My legs and arms became rigid in cross-form. I was astonished to see a brilliant golden light, starting at my solar plexus, a foot in diameter. It moved upward and outward until it became tubular. An odor of raw ozone permeated the room. The light shimmered at the outer edges as if it were vibrating. It cast no shadow. I was unable to call out and unable to move. I prayed that I now believed in the force of Spirit, and would never doubt again. I visited Hollywood Vedanta Swami and told him my experience. He replied: "Life is a journey. This will remind you of God's beauty. As you continue your journey you can't keep asking to see the Grand Canyon again if you are traveling from L.A. to New York. God has many faces." (2) Emerson, Whitman, Voltaire, Ford, Emmet Fox, and Franklin expect a series of rebirths on our path toward perfection. (3) The life of Teresa Neumann, Bavarian Catholic mystic, says she saw this heavenly light, and that she lived 30 years without eating, and died in 1962. At 18 she became ill, saw a light brighter than the sun, recovered and developed stigmata. (4) The Maharaja of Burawan invited a woman mystic, Giri Bala, of Bengal, to stay in his palace to test her claim that she has not eaten for many years. She remained in a room there for two months without food, in 1936 emerged with no loss of weight. She is a saint and once prayed to be relieved of hunger. (5) Teresa Neumann had seen the Light many times. I went to visit her in 1958, but in the village suddenly knew that whether she or I had seen the golden Light was not the key at all. I had really come to find out only one thing: "What should a man do to live a perfect life in God's eyes?" (6) I did not speak to Teresa. I knew now that this question and its answer were what I had come here for. I had nothing to say. (7) Teresa had effected healing for many persons. (8) 1 John 1:5 "God is Light." (8a) Professor Edmond Szekely, an authority on the Essenes; is qualified in Aramaic and Greek. His writing is based on ancient scripts in the Vatican and other libraries. In his translation, "Essene Gospel of John," I found phrases which were not in apocrypha nor in the Bible. One para vibrated waves of golden light from the pages to me. In it Jesus forbade slaughter of animals for food. I forthwith stopped eating flesh. Even the desire was taken away at that moment. I asked Professor Szekely to explain the experience. He theorized that perhaps I put myself in the same thought vibrations as he who wrote the words. (9) Dr. Lewis, of San Diego, who died in 1960, recommended that I face east when sitting to meditate, because cosmic rays emanate from east to west and this polarizes me. "Simply reaffirm the oneness of your soul," he said, "with the Infinite Soul. Meditation means to know that you are one with God." I did this, and a blue light, ringed with gold, appeared several successive times. Dr. Lewis told me he had been waiting for me to describe it, and now to meditate longer, and not once a day: early morning and late evening. (10) I attended a Mass. As it progressed the golden light and the heavenly blue light appeared, bathing the spirit in Infinite Love. A beautiful white star appeared in the blue light another time during my meditation. (11) Practical exercise in meditation is simply to recognize oneness with God, omnipresence of God, and activity of God within one here and now. (12) Here Churches become country clubs. (13) If few Mount Athos monks attain the light, it could be that they are too proud of the experiences which they've had already, that is, they may lack humility. (14) How close is Christ when we call on him! (15) If only Churches would encourage worshippers to look within as the only place to find God! (16) Light is only the opening of the door, the beginning. The final state is oneness with infinite intelligence. (17) In everything we do we ought to think of God, and thus reduce ego to nothingness. (18) That which is behind our eyes, never dies.
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