Buddha said, “Be ye lamps unto yourselves. Rely on yourselves, and do not rely on external help. Hold fast to the truth as a lamp. Seek salvation alone in the truth. Look not for assistance to any one besides yourselves. (http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/btg/btg94.htm)
The Psalmist said, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalms 119:105 NIV)
I used to think Buddhism and Christianity were compatible. I don’t think that any more.
For a long, long time I tried to be a lamp unto myself. Yet I still stumbled in the dark.
Did you ever tour a cave and for a moment the tour guide turns off all the lights?
Blackness becomes palpable. Panic starts to rise. Then the guide turns on the lights.
Crossing the line is like that for me. But more so.