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No State Is Necessary to Experience the Self
GD: You are rendering noble service to seekers of spirituality. My salutations to you.
Sundari: Thank you.
GD: My question is: If Self-knowledge is non-objective, does this happen in samadhi state spontaneously?
Sundari: It may, and it may not. It depends if the mind is prepared and qualified for Self-knowledge to assimilate. If the experience of samadhi takes place in a mind that is not purified and lacks qualifications, assimilation of Self-knowledge most likely will not take place., i.e. while you experience the Self in samadhi, if the knowledge that the experience is meant to deliver – which is “I am the ever-present witness of the samadhi” – the knowledge is lost as soon as the experience of samadhi ends, which it always does. No special experience is necessary to experience the Self, because that is all you are ever experiencing, in or out of samadhi, because the nature of reality is non-dual. But if you do not know this or what it means to be the Self, Self-knowledge cannot stick.
The Self is not an object of perception, because it is the subject; the object can never know the subject, because the subject is subtler than the object. An object is anything known to you, the Self. All states, including a state like samadhi, are known to you, as is any other experience, no matter how exalted. All experience take place in time, they have a beginning and an end. All states are mithya – that which is only apparently real, i.e. not always present and always changing. The Self is satya, it is beyond time and space; it is that which is always present and unchanging, the non-experiencing witness of all states.
GD: Self is light. Is it literally light? Thanks in advance.
Sundari: The Self is not literally light; it is what makes light possible. Light is mithya – an object known to the Self. What is known to you cannot be you.
~ Om, Sundari