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Getting Too Technical and Caught up in Terms
Jack: Hi, Daniel, I just wanted to spread a few words here.
In my inquiry, I’ve seen that awareness plus objects is not the final enlightenment. If one has the jnana of awareness plus Isvara (as in apparent reality ) in mind, it could be called savikalpa samadhi. There can be periods of bliss, together with Isvara as apparent reality. Now, thereafter comes nirvikalpa samadhi. In this “state” one has only jnana. The world dissapears. One need not consult the world anymore if one is still managing the gunas while having the jnana of awareness. It is savikalpa (with thought) if one redirects ones attention to only awareness, this is nirvikalpa. In nirvikalpa there is jnana plus bliss. Some say that nirvikalpa is the end of all spirituality. However, it is turiya. If one practices nirvikalpa, one can stay in it for long periods of time; however, this is not turiyatita, which Ramana Maharshi spoke of. Nisargadatta refers to it as “prior to consciousness.” What happens here is that nirvikalpa samadhi is seen for what it is. Turiyatita could be called “wakeful sleeping.” It cannot be called a state. In this, one is constantly aware of all five states: waking, dreaming, sleeping, turiya and turiyatita. Shastras can get you as far as savikalpa. In nirvikalpa, there is no world, so no shastras. Shankara also said before jnana dawns all shastra is avidya. In tutriyatita, consciousness becomes hiranyagarbha, or golden egg, and is seen as relatively eternal (not in time, mind you); here there is no savikalpa or nirvikalpa; it is called sahaja. One here never refers to oneself as a waker. A beautiful statement of Ramana is: if nirvikalpa (jnana only) is the highest, then it must also be there in sleep, which it isn’t.
The five states is the meaning of the Om symbol. Since jnana is only in the waking state, one can take the waking state as unreal, as with the other two. Because they are unreal, consciousness is established as the fourth and the Absolute as the fifth. Since everything takes place in consciousness and the three states, you can’t express the fifth. One here knows the three states to be unreal and feels ever backed up by (1) turiya and (2) turiyatita.
In nirvikalpa you really have overcome the world, but Ramana said that even if one stays in nirvikalpa for years, one will come out of it. This is not to confuse the seeker, but to let them know that there is a fifth.
You will find Ramana almost never spoke about the fifth, because everything that is ever going on is the lower four. And one cannot express the absolute.
What do you think?
Daniel: Hey, Jack, I think you’re getting too technical and caught up in terms. Keep discrimination simple, Holmes.
Realisation is simply the hard and fast knowledge that “I am awareness.” And enlightenment is when this knowledge renders your binding fears and desires non-binding and cancels your sense of doership. Once this knowledge is firm and direct, it’s game over. The Om symbol demonstrates the three states: waking, dream and deep sleep. You, awareness, are not the fourth state, but rather the fourth factor that knows these apparent states that come and go. Understanding your freedom from the three states is all there is to know.
Jack: Thanks, Daniel, you’re spot on. Discrimination is all! Like you said, game over. How blessed I am to have a teacher like you! I’m receiving the results of my actions. I’m going to completely surrender to Isvara while keeping self-knowledge in check. Om!
Wow, I can see the whole universe is actually only knowledge. I think it’s over. All I have to do is gently apply James’ chart to my mind. I didn’t properly discriminate. Now I truly see the snake for a rope!
Daniel: Yup, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Yes, continue to gently apply the teachings; no rush, no pressure. Enjoy yourself and take it easy.
Much love, my amigo.