An Exploration of Consciousness Part 2

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That experience can be just called a Unified State of Wholeness.

Beyond that, there is sahaja samadhi or as I like to call it, Amrita sahaja samadhi, which means, the Nectarous Relaxation as Pure Consciousness -- not even as in Pure Consciousness , but just as Pure Consciousness: Relaxation as Consciousness Itself with that sweet, love-quality intact.

If you don't go through Devotion and you get through into the state of sahaja samadhi, sometime, through Grace, it will be a dry state. It will be a dry sahaja samadhi. It will be loveless. If you go through Meditation and then Devotion, then Unity, then you get into this nectarous, this sweet, this inebriated sahaja samadhi, where even the emotional nature has taken on this Transmission.

Beyond sahaja samadhi it's very difficult to talk about. It has to do with the Divine Mother. It has to do with Devi: the Consciousness of the Feminine Principle in which everything is experienced in this womb-like innocence, including ones own Self, just a vibrant womb of Healing and Spiritual Transmission.

So, those are some of the states of consciousness that one will go through on the spiritual path. You may ask, "Well, you don't say anything definite, what is the time frame in these different states of consciousness?" Well, you can't answer that. You have to acknowledge factors, such as what the nature of the birth was in a particular individual's case, how highly evolved they were born into, which state they were born into. You have to analyze things like the type of conditioning that existed in the situation that they were born in, how much pain they took on and how much they'd have to release in that lifetime. There are many factors, which take us beyond logic and reason in this field.

Each person has a great sense of uniqueness about them. You never know when your breakthrough's going to occur anyway. You may think you can analyze it and say, "Oh yeah, I was from a pretty bad household, and there was alcoholism, and there was this, and there was that, and there was this form of abuse and therefore I'm taking on all this weight, all this burden, and of course my sadhana is going to take longer than the person next door...." But you have no right to assume that. You can't assume anything except your own fervor of practice. That's enough. That's enough to wrap yourself in. Don't worry about how long it's going to take to become enlightened. It's not for "you" anyway. Enlightenment is not for an individual, it's not for the person or the person; it's for Consciousness Itself. And when Consciousness Itself really becomes inebriated on the experience of awakening, It vanishes into thin air -- because It's not existent in the way that experience is existent or matter is existent. It's elusive, subtle, intangible. It's beyond the functioning of the intellect.

And so each person has a great journey to travel, a journey which will not be replicated in anyone else. So when you become enlightened, it's not the Buddha becoming enlightened again. It's not Krishna remembering His Divinity again. It's a whole new expression of that Reality. You'll see, you have to go beyond all conditioning, even the conditioning of spiritual traditions, even the conditioning of your best friend who's awakened. You can't hold on to anything, with certainty. You can, but it's illusory.

When you fall in love, and you love someone, you never think, "When am I going to get to the highest pinnacle of love?" Love is present at the very beginning; that's what brings you together. So in the same way, sadhana or spiritual practices are a form of lovemaking. You're making love to your Self. And when you make love to your Self, you don't think, "When is it going to culminate?" You don't care! You're enjoying it. You're enraptured by what you're doing. You're enraptured by every moment that you're given.

This goal-seeking mind that wants to attain and hold onto even "states of consciousness" has to dissipate. It will be dissolved by the very spiritual practices you perform, if you perform them in love and innocence. If you have a child-like simplicity in your life, a child-like attitude, which is full of spontaneous innocence, then you'll go a long way, without even knowing you've gone anywhere.

And the person who becomes become the teacher is actually the best student. The person who teaches actually wants to be a student forever, if they're a real teacher. When they've been given this job of teaching, they feel like they've been cursed.

You know, you get into this very high, Awakened-State and the only thing you want to do is use the functioning of your intelligence to know everything in the Divine. There's an increased power of comprehension that accompanies awakening. It's like looking out of a magnifying glass all the time. Everything you look at becomes larger than life, it becomes 3-D, it becomes expanded in your consciousness. So there's a great ecstasy, even about knowing simple things. If you're an enlightened biologist you start looking at molecules and you get blissed-out into the field of jnana yoga. (laughter) You think I'm kidding! I can read a poem a hundred times and never get tired of it -- it's very strange. The poem may be only ten lines, but I can read it in so many ways. I can look at it from so many angles that it starts to become like an inebriating experience -- and I'm not on any kind of drug, I can assure you. I'm not even drinking caffeine. You could say, "Well he had twelve cups of coffee in the morning and he's way out there," no -- maybe a few B vitamins or something....


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