Shankara’s “First Vision” Account

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”

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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Hellen Keller’s “First Vision” Account

Hellen Keller, the famed author, activist, and lecturer who was deaf and blind from two years old, wrote of her spiritual life in an autobiographical book titled My Religion, also published as Light in My Darkness. It seems that Keller had significant mystical insights into the nature of her being. Reading another mystic, Emanuel Swedenborg, she says that the truths were “to my faculties what light, color and music are to the eye and ear.” Here is one selection from her book: Continue reading “Hellen Keller’s “First Vision” Account”