Yoga Sutra Illustration 1.36

विशोका वा ज्योतिष्मती ॥३६॥

visoka va jyotismati

or (illumination can be reached) by the inner light that is beyond all sorrow

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1.36

va = or
visoka = sorrow-less
jyotismati = inner light

Perhaps this is that things get so dark that you are able to see your inner light shining, like a bright star in the night sky; beyond birth, death, time and space.

St John of the Cross experienced something like this when he was imprisoned, describing it poetically and passionately in his poem “The Dark Night” –

O guiding night!
O night more lovely than the dawn!

St John of the Cross, The Dark Night

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