This song is a conversation of the wanderer with the Mentor. The Mentor is one who has quested and can answer your questions. They understand the loss. They understand spiritual loneliness. They are not afraid for you because they know it is the prelude to the experience of ALL ONE NESS.
The opening lines of To Close to Heaven are: –
All your troubles will be over so will your pain. You are gonna see those blue sky’s bursting right through the rain.
This is real encouragement. It comes from, and can only come from, one who has experienced spiritual awakening and taken the journey of integration. Otherwise, it is an invitation to false hope.
This does not mean you will not be troubled. In the Gospel of St. Thomas it says: –
Jesus said, “Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All.”
Neither does it mean you will never experience pain. It means the foundation from which you view the world has changed.
You know beyond all else the sky is always blue beyond those everyday clouds of aloneness and separation. In that blue sky, the radiant sun of Presence shines.
The sun never says: -Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky. – Hafiz
This is the KNOWING of the Mentor, the guide to the blue sky that bursts right through the rain of the sorrow of personal separateness from Love.