The inner sun succeeds, the outer sun failsAkbar said, “Birbal, for a long time I have been thinking of one thing. Here is my question. I am sure you will be able to answer it. We see everything clearly in the sunlight, but is there anything that cannot be seen even with the help of sunlight?”
"Yes, your Majesty, there is something that cannot be seen by the sunlight. Even the sunlight fails to illumine it. Sunlight cannot make us see that particular thing.”
“What is it, Birbal?”
“Your Majesty, it is the darkness of the mind.”
Birbal’s answer is absolutely correct. The only thing is that perhaps Birbal would not have been in a position to answer if Akbar had asked him if there is anything that can show us the ignorance of the mind and illumine it. Or even if he had been able to answer, he would not have given an adequate answer. He would not actually have been able to illumine the darkness of anybody’s mind with his answer.
How do we illumine the mind? We illumine the dark, unlit, obscure, impure mind by bringing to the fore our inner sun. The outer sun can show us earthly objects, but the inner sun can show us what the mind is, how it operates, what it contains and what it is made of. So, in order to illumine the mind, we have to bring to the fore our inner sun.
How do we bring our inner sun to the fore? We bring the inner sun to the fore by digging deep within. As we dig very deep in the ground to reach water, similarly when we dig very deep within, we see that there is an inner sun. At this point I must say that there is not only one inner sun, but there are many inner suns. How many we bring to the fore depends on how we dig and how deep we dig. If we dig deep within most soulfully, in the way the Supreme wants us to dig, then we discover many more than one inner sun and we can easily bring them to the fore.
Once we bring our inner suns to the fore, our role is not over. First we illumine our own inner and outer existence. Then we try to illumine the world around us — our friends, our relatives, our dear ones. Then we try to illumine the entire world. But first we have to dig deep within in order to get in touch with our inner suns.