Christian Author: Nancy W. Boyer

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.

4 responses

  1. Nathan

    Thank you for this beautiful post. It reminds me of an article I read titled “No Religion” by the Thai Buddhist teacher Buddhadasa. Allow me to quote from that article:

    “A person who doesn’t know much about even the simplest things thinks that there are many different kinds of water. They view these various kinds of water as if they have nothing in common. They distinguish rain-water, well-water, underground-water, canal-water, swamp-water, ditch-water, gutter-water, sewer-water, toilet-water, urine, diarrhea, and many other kinds of water from each other. Average people will insist that these waters are completely different, because such people take external appearances as their criteria. A person with some knowledge, however, knows that pure water can be found in every kind of water. If you take rain-water and distill it, you will get pure water. If you take river-water and distill it, you will get pure water. If you take canal-water, sewer-water, or toilet-water, and distill it, you will still get pure water. […] On an even more intelligent level, we can take that pure water and examine it further. Then, we must conclude that there is no water, only two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. There’s no water left. That substance which we have been calling ‘water’ has disappeared, it’s void. The same is true everywhere, no matter where we find the two parts of hydrogen and one part of oxygen. In the sky, in the ground, or wherever these parts happen to be found, the state of water has disappeared and the term ‘water’ is no longer used. For one who has penetrated to this level of truth, there is no such thing as water. In the same way, one who has attained to the ultimate truth sees that there is no such thing as religion. There is only a certain nature which can be called whatever we like. […] We shouldn’t cling to the belief that there is this religion and that religion. We added the labels Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity ourselves, long after the founders lived. None of the great religious teachers ever gave a personal name to their teachings, like we do today. They just went about teaching us how we should live. Please try to understand this correctly. […] Jesus said what amounts to the same thing. He invited us to drink the water of life for which there is no charge. He said this at least three times. Further, he called us to enter eternal life, which means to reach the state where we are one with God and therefore will never die again. […] Jesus added further that what ‘you received without pay, give without pay’ (Matt. 10:8). It seems that the Buddha never said quite the same thing, but we can say, from the implications of his teaching, that he could easily have spoken these words. If something is obtained for free, we ought to pass it on for free, too. Don’t be unwilling or reluctant. Don’t go taking advantage of people by claiming favors or hinting that they’ll benefit by helping one in such-and-such a way or implying that students owe a debt of gratitude to their teachers. All of that is inappropriate. […] When religions are regarded as in opposition and conflict, people become enemies as a result. Everyone thinks ‘We are right, they are wrong; they are wrong, we are right,’ and so forth, and then there is quarrelling and fighting. Such people are incredibly foolish. What they are quarrelling about is only the outer shell. Everyone should recognize that these are only external forms, they aren’t the inner essence.”

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    November 25, 2013 at 00:43

    • Nathan, thank you for your kind comment. I always appreciate it when a reading enjoys my writing and lets me know about it. Yes, God does give special insight and it is important to keep our thoughts and mind ready to receive His wisdom. Blessings to you. Nancy

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      November 25, 2013 at 09:47

  2. Mary

    Morning Nancy,

    The attached video would not play. I enabled the links but nothing happens. Also, the reference to Mark 12:26 does not refer to what it’s stating. Thought you’d want to know.

    Have a wonderful day and enjoy God’s beautiful world.

    Love, Mary

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    July 1, 2013 at 21:18

    • Mary, you are exactly right.  I made the change from Mark 12:26 to Mark 13:26    I am so appreciative when a reader lets me know a mistake for I try hard not to make them.   Sometimes I just slip up.  As to why you could not open the video…I am not certain because I can go to the site and it plays.    So here is the link again.  See if you can get this to work.     http://www.youtube=http://youtu.be/Xzq4PHJoItU    or if that does not work, go to youtube via  this link    youtube=http://youtu.be/Xzq4PHJoItU

      Thanks again for writing.  Nancy

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      July 2, 2013 at 01:47