Shankara’s “First Vision” Account

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Shankara, early 8th century CE

The following is from Adi Shankara, the 8th century philosopher and theologian from India:

Now I will relate to you the nature of the Supreme Self, knowing which a person is freed from boundaries and attains Kaivalya, Unity…

It pervades the entire universe but nothing pervades it. It is effulgent by nature, and its splendor illumines everything… Continue reading “Shankara’s “First Vision” Account”

Eternal Fire “First Vision” Account

This is a statement attributed to the Buddha in one of the earliest Buddhist texts:

“But it is only when all outward appearances are gone that there is left that one principle of life which exists independently of all external phenomena. It is the fire that burns in the eternal light, when the fuel is expended and the flame is extinguished; for that fire is neither in the flame nor in the fuel, nor yet inside either of the two, but above, beneath, and everywhere.” Continue reading “Eternal Fire “First Vision” Account”

Norris Stearns “First Vision” Account

This is an account written by Norris Stearns of Greenfield, Massachusetts, published in 1815, five years before Joseph Smith’s First Vision experience, in a pamphlet titled The Religious Experience Of Norris Stearns Written by Divine Command. The 35 page pamphlet can be read in its entirety online at this link. Here is an excerpt of part of his vision:

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Blazing Light “First Vision” Account

Ann Purcell relates the following account that occurs during meditation:

“My experience of stillness, or transcendental consciousness, has become vast and universal, often blazing with intensely brilliant, even blinding, light. Words cannot even begin to describe the intensity of bliss and the tenderness of emotions that not only swell in my heart, but penetrate into every pore of my being. Is this an experience of God? I don’t know if it is God for sure, but I can definitely say without a doubt it is the ‘Kingdom of Heaven within.’

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