Pan Gu, “an image”
Here is an experience I want to share because it was so unexpected. This took place about six months ago. It was clearly inspired by Pan Gu Shengong, through the condensed form. I imagine that all of you sometimes think about the conversations between Master Ou and Pan Gu. Having done this many times, I began to ask myself just how I might envision Pan Gu. After all, a being of such quality seems difficult to grasp, at least for me. It puzzled me, and while you might think this amusing, I didn't want to imagine Pan Gu in an insulting way either. Continuing to practice one evening, coming to the close of the form, a beautiful image just came to my awareness.
The image began as a male figure. One senses immense size more in terms of power than anything relative to the figure, since he stood against a black background. The face was colored, a mixture of golden and red, and had a shimmering quality. As I studied the face, it did not appear solid, yet it definitely had form. Imagine something made from solid light... The face was neither young nor old, and the eyes were closed. The figure wore a white robe, the front of which had some gold symbols. They were not clear enough to read, even if I could, but I remember them as circular, a bit like the old Chinese symbols. I remember too that that one hand was raised and the other held a staff. That would have been enough, but something more astounding happened.
This image of this Pan Gu then seemed to begin to submerge. It was as though he was floating on his back in a vast clear ocean. Now gently and easily, the body, except for the face, became covered by this ocean. The robe and hair floated and streamed out. All this time the face was serene. Again, that would be enough, but then a miracle seemed to take place. Each thread of the robe and hair became galaxies. This is a bit difficult to describe but the galaxies were both made from these threads and at the same time connected by them. This Pan Gu appeared to be transforming into galaxies, yet his face continued to remain serene and alive. In fact that was my final impression, that all this creation is still connected to its creator who is alive and aware of each thread of existence. Since that experience, the phrase “Embrace the universe” has taken on a new significance.