Finding the Sense, Meaning or the Gift….It’s a Mystery
In India, one may hear the word “darshan” when it comes to a special insight or connection with God. Others interpret it slightly differently. It is not a word that is often used within Christian conversations, if ever. Nevertheless, it is worth taking a look at a certain sense…special meaning…or a unusual gift.
Poet Gary Snyder ( winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry; lived in Japan; CA professor with interests in Asian thought.) has given a naturalistic (nothing exists beyond the natural world) meaning to “darshan”:
“It’s a gift; it’s like there’s a moment in which the thing is ready to let you see it. In India, this is called darshan. Darshan means getting a view, and if the clouds blow away, as they did once for me, and you get a view of the Himalayas from the foothills, an Indian person would say, ‘Ah, the Himalayas are giving you their darshan’; they’re letting you have their view. This comfortable, really deep way of getting a sense of something takes time….”
My question then would be where does this gift come from? Does the mountain have the ability to give a gift? Hardly. It is too busy just doing what a mountain does…grows trees..plants; houses the wildlife; endures the weather and perhaps even the rubble of an earthquake. Only God, who is interested in the human being and made him/her in His own image is able to give a gift of insight..extraordinary meaning…and even a realization. In this way, I would not agree with Mr. Snyder’s world view or philosophy, but I would agree that there is something mystical to the realization that a thought, dream or vision has become real to us.
How many times have we looked at a sunrise or sunset; paying little attention. But there is that moment when it is something special and spectacular. I have seen the clouds when they seemed to have a large hole in them…with a sunbeam streaming through. Immediately, I am reminded that we are told that when Christ shall appear (His second coming to earth) that we will see Him..coming in the clouds. Those magnificent clouds looked as if it might be that very moment.
“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven…” (Daniel 7:13 Old Testament of the Holy Scriptures)
“At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.” (Mark 13:26 New Testament of the Holy Scriptures)
I have no problem with looking at how other faiths and people explain things. We are told that the Holy Spirit will give us discernment…and teach us all truths. There are just some gifts and experiences given to certain people…perhaps a special sense or meaning…or a gift, if you will….and all we can say is “HOW AMAZING!” It definitely is a mystery.
The video below is of Ankiane Kramarik, a young girl from Idaho, USA…with a gift. She will tell you in her own words from this interview.