What cost me my life, what turned it into that empty shell, I believe, was something in the light I saw at the bottom of the well – that intense light of the sun that penetrated straight down to the very bottom of the well for ten or twenty seconds. It would come without warning, and disappear just as suddenly. But in that momentary flood of light I saw something – saw something once and for all – that I could never see again as long as I lived. And having seen it, I was no longer the same person I had been.
Lieutenant Mamiya, Wind-Up Bird 208
The penetration of the vertical line, just a ray of light coming into your darkness of horizontal life, is the beginning of enlightenment.
You will look the same but you will not be the same. Those who have a clarity of seeing, to them you will not look the same either – and at least for yourself, you will never look the same and you can never be the same. You will be in the world, but the world will not be in you.
Osho, Maturity 90