"All of sudden I realized what all the great mystics say, I was looking through the light within. The lamp had been lit and the whole world assumed a great splendor," Sri Easwaran said. . &.nbsp;.

Yet even the most thrilling imagery cannot capture the joy, the beauty, the healing silence in the growing vision of the divine. "Words turn back frightened" was Sri Easwaran's frequent expression in that regard. Though he was a man of literature, his experience taught him "how inadequate words are, even from an inspired poet, and how poor an image even the most imaginative poet can give of a living experience."

Dolores Wood, How To End Suffering