We are all carrying a star of infinite beauty within ourselves. We are stars. Of course, we are surrounded by much smoke and clouds and if one looks from the outside, nothing of the star can be found.
The function of meditation is to penetrate through these dark clouds that surround you, and to reach the center where eternal light is present: where life is a flame of joy, of bliss, of tremendous beauty. The experience of that innermost flame is the experience of godliness.
The journey is difficult but worth taking. And it is only difficult in the beginning. As you become accustomed to the joy of the unknown and the freedom of the unknown and the thrill of the unknown, it is no longer difficult. Then each moment of the journey is of such precious beauty, of such exquisite joy, of such tremendous ecstasy that one is ready to go through any hardships. One is even ready to die for it because now one knows that even death is not a death.