The Light from Within: A Letter


A Southwest Sunset


“My friend, do not lose yourself in blinding faith. Find yourself through sparks of insight. You will then advance toward the soothing flame of enlightenment.

“Life, at all levels of abstraction, can be visualized as Chakras, or circles of energy. It involves stages of knowing, communicating, acting, and observing, leading to knowing again. Causation is circular, not linear as most religions would have you believe. Neither is it primal as Aristotle and others imagined and taught.

“At the highest levels of thought known to us is knowledge of the self or self-awareness. That leads to a realization of identity. And to a state of continual learning and refinement, and tranquility beyond par. When shorn of all ego, pretense, and material attachment, one is free from all ‘maya’ or illusion. Such a self attains…whatever you may want to call it!

“But one doesn’t get there by believing things, following others, and closing one’s mind! Fill your mind with blind faith and belief, and there will be little room for any light to enter within.

“Only the light that shines from within can be true enlightenment.”



About Rian Nejar

Rian Nejar is an Indian-American author. He trained and worked as an engineer in India, lived briefly in the Middle East, and arrived in America in the early 90's. After a Master’s degree in electrical engineering in America, he worked as an academic instructor, engineer, entrepreneur, and technical writer over the two decades since. Humbling and Humility ( is his first mainstream nonfiction. He lives and writes in the Southwest United States.
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