A preceptor once narrated a tale of the Cave and the Sun to his pupils. The murky cave was always upset of scary darkness, haunted by scary beast. Never saw light even once in the lifetime. So upset it was that it went to the Sun and asked, "O you sun I plead and kneel before you. Please illuminate me."
Sun was surprised and said, "O my cave, I honor your feelings, but I have entrusted this charge to Ignis. Please visit him for your clarification.”
“OK” then he moved to next in charge and repeated same to him.
The bewildered Ignis looked at him and said, “but I never have seen darkness before, so I wish to see first."
"Ok, you ignis, I agree" and invited to visit inside him.
The Ignis got into each and every corner and found there was no darkness, rather was luminous.
“No, I don’t see any darkness. Then how can I gleam” Ignis amazedly said, looking at the cave
After ending the story the preceptor said “wherever brightness spreads the darkness retreats. So bring light inside you to strew brightness in surroundings”
Pupils were silent listening, but some unable to grasp said “please elaborate.”
A moment later he again said “bring brightness in you with good thinking, good deeds and simple life. You will be like a torch in the darkness in the minds of surrounding folks. People will follow your footsteps.”
Many saints and the sages transformed themselves before guiding others. They learned sufferance, forgiveness, tolerance, patience, helpfulness and peace. A person who shines from within needn’t a spotlight. http://www.amazon.com/Radiance-poems-enlightenment-Sadashivan-Nair-ebook/dp/B01DIL4SZ0/ref=sr_1_3