Witnessing Can Take us to the Rapturous “I”


Magnolia_Close_600.jpgIn the Māyā, we have this identity of Self but it is an ego identity, not true Self. And this ego has to be transcended as it were, because we need to come back to the experience of true Self. The ego will still exist though in the experience of true Self because once you have a form, the identity of the form is there and that is the ego. We have an energetic form on the inside and we have a physical form, so we have an energetic ego and we have a physical ego.

We have a causal ego with all the karmas that are sleeping in the causal body; we have a subtle ego in the dream state – the dream is the mind state – and; we have the gross ego or that of the waker, the physical body. So we have the three states of consciousness; the waking, the dreaming, the deep sleeping. And we have spoken about that fourth state, the turiya. In all of these experiences, we have an ego at play, and this ego has to undergo a transformation in the evolutionary process obviously.

It requires witnessing, the posture of the sākśī, and it has to move from the waker, through the dreamer in the mind, beyond the deep sleep, into that fourth state of witnessing. Can you be excited about that? Can you be excited that in focusing on beingness, you can really see the journey? But if you are caught, if you become the doer, you cannot. So you need to be in the beingness observance. And there it is the “I am”; not the “I am the doer,” but just the “I am,” just coming more into “I am.” So when you think of “satchidānanda,” “sat chit” is just that pure consciousness state where just the “I” exists in its pure being, and the “ānanda is like the “ābhoga”; it is the joy, the rapture. So when we say, “satchidānandoham,” that is what we are saying; we are that sākśī that is in bliss. Satchidānandoham. Satchidānandoham. That is the same turīyā bhoga, the rapturous experience of the “I” in freedom.

For more details on the practise listen to Sri Vasudeva on Day 33 Forty days 2017. The full talk and meditation is available for a few days here.  To download a personal copy go to  www. blue-star.org

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Freedom Comes by Cleaning the Kārmas


4a37becb7ebed004b139033d86177aba_free-flower-photo-free-flower-pics_1600-1000.jpegIn the usual experience that we are having, the normal human experience, we have waking, dreaming and deep sleeping. But as the “I,” the ego, evolves in the consciousness, it is going to experience this waking and this dreaming with more consciousness. So as you do your sādhana, you will find that you become more conscious in the waking state. You become more conscious in the dream state as well; you are repeating mantras, you are meditating, you are having spiritual conversations. The “I” or the ego continues to evolve in these experiences of waking and dreaming, so what is stored in the subtle energy body is being refined, upgraded, updated.

It is those kārmas that are stored in that causal body where we go to deep sleep, that keep us tied to the play. As those kārmas arise from deep within and begin to feature in the play, they become prārabdha kārmas and they pull us in the play again and again. So even when the body leaves, those kārmas are still there. And they are associated with the elements, with the senses, with the ego, and these unresolved kārmas bring us back into rebirth.

The process of spiritual discipline or the process of consciousness transformation or evolution in consciousness helps us to break away from the bondage of all those kārmas. And as we begin to clear the kārmic space – this can be done of course through consciousness exploration, consciousness expansion, using the intellect and the awakened Kuṇḍalinī operating – the “I” begins to evolve. As chakras open up more, the “I” begins to evolve and the way we operate in the waking state, the dream state and even the deep sleep state will change; more of a witness will emerge in the space. We will start witnessing actions in the gross space, in the subtle space, and even as we go to deep sleep. We go to the deep sleep differently, with more consciousness, and we wake up with more consciousness. So we do not feel that when we wake up, we have gone into such a limited state. We go in the deep sleep more consciously and we wake up more consciously.

And finally as the soul evolves, the ego will get into a state where it will identify more with its Higher Self, and experience more of the detachment and witnessing in the play without losing engagement. It will become more conscious in the play. Then with Grace, it will jump or leap into the fourth state of consciousness, which is that rapturous witness of all the states. It will become this rapturous witness, held together with the Divine in the dreaming, in the waking, in the deep sleeping. That is the turīya state; that is the state of freedom that  we are seeking. So it comes with cleaning the kārmas, breaking free of the kārmas in the play. Sri Vasudeva Day 26 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

The link between the waking and dream states


Every day when I came home from school as a child, my mother had a special treat for me. I was a very fussy eater so the treats were often food. I can remember her giving me a mango. I sat on the ground in the back yard with Snoop Matouk our dog in my lap, and she was a very big dog so only half of her could fit 🙂 and our parrot Sheena Karina on my shoulder. The three of us enjoying the mango. You can see how this memory would have a strong emotional charge.

The thought of, sight, smell or the touch of something; for example like a mango, a parrot, a dog, motherly word or touch, sitting on the ground, may bring back that memory. At night I may have a dream where any of those images from the past and the present may be mixed. The arrangement will probably be influenced by my emotional and mental state. If I’m happy the dream is wonderful. If I’m missing my mother the dream might be colored by that longing.

If I am aware of the experiences of my day, especially the mental and emotional responses, it’s easier to understand how they appear again in my dreams. Of course there are also the rare dreams where some spiritual guidance comes through.

You see why I find the experiences of “I” during the day to be so fascinating? The awareness of the waking and the dream states opens a window to my inner world. I can now use this information to better understand myself and to take the power to transform my world. I start to understand myself in the waking state, and that understanding spills over into the dream state.

So what do you think? Shall we notice what happens to the “I” today? …. Yes I had fun choosing the photo in the header with that in mind :). We shall be keen observers :).