“Not the glint of yellow gold
Down bright Hermus’ current rolled;
Not the Tagus’ precious sands.
Nor in far-off scorching lands
All the radiant gems that hide
Under indus’ storied tide –
Emerald green and glistening white –
Can illumine our feeble sight;
But they rather leave the mind
In its native darkness blind.
For the fairest beams they shed
in earth’s lowest depths were fed;
But the splendor that supplies
Strength and vigor to the skies,
And the universe controls,
Shunneth dark and ruined souls,
He who once has seen this light
Will not call the sunbeam bright.”
Radiant Gems of Darkness
Boethus says that yellow gold and radiant gems cannot illuminate us, not spiritually anyway. What he says is basically true, but not entirely. Gems, crystals, and gold are tools that can be used in various ways to aid us on our spiritual journey, but they are not the source of enlightenment. A carpenter can do wonders with a hammer and a saw. The same tools in the hands of someone who has no idea how to use them are worthless. The same is true for using gems and crystals as spiritual aids.
I think what Boethus is really trying to say, however, is that the pursuit of material wealth is not a path to spiritual enlightenment. Using gold and gems as examples of material wealth and material excess, he is telling us that such things do not bring illumination. This is especially true for those who buy gold and gems for decoration only, not as aids to spiritual growth.
The light that is so bright that those who see it “will not call the sunbeam bright,” is spiritual light. It is brighter, purer than physical light. The ironic thing is that the primary source of spiritual light here on earth is also the sun—the spiritual sun. The light of the spiritual sun cannot be seen with the eyes, but only with the soul. We awaken the soul using that spiritual light. Continue reading “Radiant Gems and Enlightened Souls”