Universal Versus Individual Self


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In that experience of Paramatma, of Higher Self, there is omnipotence. You do not feel that you are lacking power when you go there; you feel that you are connected to the source of all power in your being. The contrast will be that if you identify with the senses, you feel limited power. When you identify with the ego, the ahamkāra that is connected to the senses, you feel limited power. And that is a challenge in the human experience; when we find our power is limited, we can only do so much. Then the thirst is there, the desire is there to go back to that unlimited power, which is there in potential in the consciousness. But we have to merge back; we have to go back to make that connection with the higher consciousness to feel that experience of omnipotence.

In that Universal Being, there is also the experience of omniscience; that we know everything, we feel that we are connected to That which knows everything. The more you go into that experience in the consciousness of omniscience, you begin to not feel that you are lacking in knowledge. You develop the intuitive faculty that when you want to know something, you know that it is going to come from inside of you. You trust in that intuitive power opening up inside of you, so there is less dependence on the intellect. So that universal experience is all-knowing, omniscient.

I also told you that there is the experience of a different kind of joy in that, a bliss of the freedom experience in the consciousness; the ananda experience is there in that universal consciousness. And the all-pervasive nature that is there gives us the idea of freedom in the consciousness, not bound by end and beginning and causation. So we have this feeling of freedom. Of course that brings with it also the timeless experience; that we are not caught in the beginning and end of things. We begin to experience timelessness in the consciousness.

The contrast is that when we get caught in the individuality, then we are dependent on the intellect for knowledge. Māyā veils us in the thinking that we do not know; it brings the experience of ignorance. Mergence in the universal brings the idea that, “It is going to come to me. My Self within knows all.” Of course you know the wonderful saying, “He who thinks he knows, knows not” – that  is intellectual –  “and  he who knows that he knows not” –  in  the intellect – “truly knows.” Because then he knows he is connected to the source of all knowledge and in this individuality, he cannot know everything. So, “He who knows that he knows not, truly knows,” that is the experience of the intuitive faculty that, “Something bigger than me knows everything, I only have to tune into that.”

Sri Vasudeva Day 10 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

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