The body of light is a spiritual term for the non-physical body associated with enlightenment. It is known by many names in different spiritual traditions, such as “the resurrection body” and “the glorified body” in Christianity, “the most sacred body” (wujud al-aqdas) and “supracelestial body” (jism asli haqiqi) in Sufism, “the diamond body” in Taoism and Vajrayana, “the light body” or “rainbow body” in Tibetan Buddhism, “the body of bliss” in Kriya Yoga, and “the immortal body” (soma athanaton) in Hermeticism.
In the Judeo-Christian tradition, it is called “the resurrection body ” and “the glorified body.” The prophet Isaiah said, “The dead shall live, their bodies shall rise” (Isa. 26:19). St. Paul called it “the celestial body” or “spiritual body ” (soma pneumatikon) (I Corinthians 15:40).
The MERKAVAH, Cube of Space or Throne Chariot was likely known to St. Germain through his jewel-dealing with Jewish merchants and scholars of Qabalah. It has the same crystalline geometry as the adamantine stone, the Diamond. Hence, it is also termed The Diamond Body.
In Sufism it is called “the most sacred body ” (wujud al-aqdas) and “supracelestial body ” (jism asli haqiqi).
In Taoism, it is called “the diamond body,” and those who have attained it are called “the immortals” and “the cloudwalkers.”
In Tibetan Buddhism it is called “the light body.”
In Tantrism and some schools of yoga, it is called “the vajra body,” “the adamantine body,” and “the divine body.”
In Kriya yoga it is called “the body of bliss.”
In Vedanta it is called “the superconductive body.”
In Gnosticism and Neoplatonism, it is called “the radiant body.”
In the alchemical tradition, the Emerald Tablet calls it “the Glory of the Whole Universe” and “the golden body.” The alchemist Paracelsus called it “the astral body.”
In the Hermetic Corpus, it is called “the immortal body ” (soma athanaton).
In some mystery schools, it is called “the solar body.”
In Rosicrucianism, it is called “the diamond body of the temple of God.”
In ancient Egypt it was called “the luminous body or being” (akh).
In Old Persia it was called “the indwelling divine potential” (fravashi or fravarti).
In the Mithraic liturgy it was called “the perfect body ” (soma teilion).
In the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo, it is called “the divine body,” composed of supramental substance.
In the philosophy of Teilhard de Chardin, it is called “the ultrahuman.”
The Emerald Tablets say:
Thy Light, O man, is the great Light, shining through the shadow of flesh. Free must thou rise from the darkness before thou art One with the Light.
Light is life, for without the great Light nothing can ever exist. Know ye, that in all formed matter, the heart of Light always exists. Aye, even though bound in the darkness, inherent Light always exists.
Ever his destiny shall lead him onward until he is One with the Light.
Aye, though his way lies midst the shadows, ever before him glows the Great Light. Dark though the way be yet shall he conquer the shadows that flow around him like night.
Far in the future, I see man as Light-born, free from the darkness that fetters the Soul, living in Light without the bounds of the darkness to cover the Light that is Light of their Soul.
Hear ye the Word that shall fill thee with Life. Hear ye the Word that shall banish the darkness. Hear ye the voice that shall banish the night.
When at the end of thy work appointed, thou may desire to pass from this life, pass to the plane where the Suns of the Morning live and have being as Children of Light. Pass without pain and pass without sorrow into the plane where is eternal Light.
Now I command ye to maintain my secrets, giving only to those ye have tested, so that the pure may not be corrupted, so that the power of Truth may prevail. List ye now to the unveiling of Mystery. List to the symbols of Mystery I give. Make of it a religion for only thus will its essence remain.
Go forth and conquer the element of darkness. Exalt in thy nature thine essence of Light. Calm let thy mind be. At rest be thy body: Conscious only of freedom from flesh. Center thy being on the goal of thy longing. Think over and over that thou wouldst be free. Think of this word—La-Um-I-L-Gan—over and over in thy mind let it sound. Drift with the sound to the place of thy longing. Free from the bondage of flesh by thy will.
Lie ye down in rest of thy body. Calm thy mind so no thought disturbs thee. Pure must ye be in mind and in purpose, else only failure will come unto thee. Vision Amenti as I have told in my Tablets. Long with fullness of heart to be there. Stand before the Lords in thy mind’s eye. Pronounce the words of power I give (mentally); Mekut-El-Shab-El Hale-Sur-Ben-El-Zabrut Zin-Efrim-Quar-El. Relax thy mind and thy body. Then be sure your soul will be called.
Leave thou thy body as I have taught thee. Pass to the barriers of the deep, hidden place. Stand before the gates and their guardians. Command thy entrance by these words: “I am the Light. In me is no darkness. Free am I of the bondage of night. Open thou the way of the Twelve and the One, so I may pass to the realm of wisdom.” When they refuse thee, as surely they will, command them to open by these words of power: “I am the Light.