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a flash of pure joy

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The one who is intimate to all being said:

Beloved, your questions require the answers
that come from direct living experience.

The way of experience begins with a breath
such as the breath you are breathing now.
Awakening into the luminous reality
may dawn in the momentary throb
between any two breaths.

The breath flows in and just as it turns to flow out,
there is a flash of pure joy –
life is renewed.
Awaken into that.

As the breath is released and flows out,
there is a pause before it returns.
In that pause, you are empty.
Enter that emptiness as the source of all life.

by Lorin Roche
in The Radiance Sutras,
Renderings of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra
(Photo by Linda Hannum)