Milky Way, Galaxy, Night, Sky, Stars
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I remember the autumn of 1987. I sat in the lap of the hills of Mussourie, India, at night. The infinity of the cosmos, our home, the milky way could be seen with the naked eye. As I looked up and gazed at the sheer enormity of it, an older Tibetan lady perched herself next to me.

She said to me, “beautiful, isn’t it?”

“Yes,” I replied in complete wonderment.

She then asked me if I believed in God.

I had actually never thought about it. So I told her that it wasn’t my priority.

“It doesn’t really matter whether you have a belief or not. Just know that you have friend, a permanent best friend, the Universe. It is all powerful and helpful. If you ever get into a tight spot, ask this friend for help,” she told me.

I peered into her old eyes. They actually shone in the dark. It is difficult to write about it, but I felt a strange sense of peace when I saw those eyes.

Then she continued,”Do you know why this creator friend made the galaxies, the moon to shine at night? Why the Sunrise, the enormous creation? The joyous beauty?”

I looked blankly but curiously at her. After all I had barely entered the spirited world of early twenties. Not really the time for philosophy. But I somehow wanted to know the answer.

She did answer,”For all of its creation, but most importantly for the humans. We are the only ones who can appreciate these wonders and feel gratitude for them. Always remember son, whenever you encounter the artistry of nature, it is time to be thankful. Because it is made for you.”

She blessed me and disappeared into the night.

I don’t know if I ever understood that there was a God. But I did try to say a subliminal ‘thank you’ since that day; whenever the breeze brought a nip. When the scent of the Jasmine permeated the night. When the Sun rose or the moon shone at me. Whenever I encountered nature. And I did everyday, numerous times.

Two decades later, I happened to visit the same city.

It was night and from the terrace of my friend’s home, I saw once again the sight of twenty years ago. The same wonder, the identical wizardry in the sky.

Only this time it was different. She wasn’t there.

Yet this time I felt a presence. Inexplicable in words. A consciousness of unending love. A Divinity if I may say so. An experience so etched in my soul, that it feels real until today.

That night as I went to bed I happened to chance upon a writing of Ibn Arabi, a great sufi mystic of the twelfth century.

He wrote that every wonder of nature’s creation is made for ‘man’ to enjoy. To experience untold abundance, infinity of the creator. That is how the omnipresence can fully express itself.

It is one’s privilege to be grateful each time one experiences any wonderment of nature. Its beauty.

If you do that, it is assured that one day, the Universe, God will unfold itself to you.

Did I experience the awakening of that unfathomable infinity in me that night?

Maybe I did.


  1. Sometimes we need to be next to our interior and if we look at the immensity of the universe. many of our questions will be answered. In fact, we always have company in the vastness of the sky.
    Excellent reflection.
    Manuel Angel

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  2. Saying โ€œThank youโ€ to the flowers and weeds as we walk by, and the stones as we graze them (like I did at the Newgrange monument in Ireland), is so profound! In fact, it has been said that saying โ€œThank youโ€ is the best prayer we could ever say.
    Thank you for this beautiful article. โค๏ธ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒ€๐Ÿ™โ˜ฎ๏ธ

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  3. Beautiful! The Native American Indian feels exactly this way. It’s part of their everyday philosophy/religion. Each animal, plant, star, and gust of wind has a lesson and tells a story for us to learn from.

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    • Your knowledge of native Americans is very revealing. Many tribes in India too share similar religious views. Probably a common thread across cultures. How wondeful.
      Thank you so much for sharing.


  4. What a sweet experience. My light team and nature are the only things keeping me going in my continuing the intense work I’m doing right now. Without that light and beauty to nurture me, I’d have to just give up.

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  5. A beautiful and moving post. I like thinking of God/ Creator as a powerful, permanent best friend. It brings our creator closer, more accessible. Nature awes me constantly, especially the night sky as you have described. Sometimes I wonder if humans are the only ones who appreciate this. I wonder about dolphins and whales, and maybe the apes and whether they might have a sense of spiritual wonder. I wonder if animals appreciate nature in their own way.

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    • I am sure that even minerals and all creation appreciate nature in their own unique way. How can anyone not love their own parent? Not that I have any deep knowledge about their realms๐Ÿ˜Š,
      I’m only speculation from my own logic.
      I am one with you in knowing that God is our best and eternal friend. It feels nice and safe to know this.
      It is so very nice of you to spare time and write such kind words.
      deeply grateful

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  6. I love how you portrayed how you can feel the “universe”, “creation” in nature… so beautiful. I loved this so much. Thank you!

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    • You always humble me with such simple insights.
      yesterday at a function, I was speaking about the journey of my life and how I couldn’t find God, even though I searched very hard.
      Until I found the omnipotence residing in people. You don’t have to wear a uniform to be awakened.
      The simple words that we speak or write allow others a peep into our awakening.
      Thank you always for such kind words

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