Some years ago I encountered this video and have heard of this analogy by Plato for the first time. It’s really remarkable analogy, and this specific animated version of it is very good. Plato was a philosopher who was very aware of the esoteric work, and was probably applying it himself.
The analogy is about a person locked in a cave, together with other people. They are tied and cannot move – they can only see the back wall of the cave, upon which are projected the shadows of people that are passing by outside of the cave. Since those projections are all they know, they regard these shadows as real. One day, one of them is set free and sees the reality for the first time. Not only does he sees the entire cave he was locked in, but he also sees what is outside of it.
Sometimes I wonder what it will take for us to get to truth – the truth of what is going on beyond the physical world and the physical body, of why are we here and where are we going, the truth of higher realities influencing us all, the truth of our origin and our true nature of existence.
There are so many obstacles along the way, both internal and external. It’s so easy to just go with the flow, spending time in trivial entertainments, being lazy to make efforts to get closer to the spirit and to the truth. We can do it though, we can get to it. We can leave the dark cave, both internally and externally, and go for the highest.
HDP, April 2012.