The brilliance and clarity of sunlight cannot be dimmed by aeons of darkness; likewise, the radiance of the mind’s essential nature cannot be obscured by aeons of delusion.
The empty house that has stood in darkness for millennia is illuminated instantly by a single lamp; likewise, an instant’s realization of the mind’s clear light eradicates negative propensities and mental obscurations inculcated over countless aeons.
— FROM “THE FLIGHT OF THE GARUDA,” AN ANCIENT SONG OF DZOGCHEN
If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.
— JESUS, SPEAKING TO HIS DISCIPLES IN THE GNOSTIC GOSPEL OF THOMAS