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Lesson 138 -
Would You Like to get Reconditioned? (Audio)
Date: Thu Mar 11, 2004 0:18pm
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Q: (On lesson #35 -
Enlightenment Milestones) Re your triad of Silence, Bliss and Harmony, in
your discussion of milestones are they close or similar to the description
of Brahman as Existence-Consciousness-Bliss (Sat-Chit-Anand)? Is the
body-mind purification process another name for reconditioning or
A: Satchitananda (existence-consciousness-bliss) is what we contact in deep
meditation and it is what rises in us as silence, also called the "witness
state," and stabilization of this transcendent reality as our sense of self
24/7 is the first stage of enlightenment. The phrase "pure bliss
consciousness," used often in the lessons, is synonymous with satchitananda,
inner silence, and witness. Bliss is a key word in this. The immutable inner
witness is a blissful one, and so are we when we become it, and there is
much more to come after that.
Ecstasy is the key word in the second stage of enlightenment, caused by the
movement of prana (kundalini) in the nervous system. With refinement of
inner sensory experiences, devotion (bhakti) rises, and we accelerate in our
neuro-biological transformation toward permanent divine experience.
Technically, the movement of prana/kundalini is movement of satchitananda,
because all is that, but we make a distinction between the bliss (of pure
consciousness) and the ecstasy (of the body) for the sake of the coming
union of these two aspects of our nature in the third state, unity, which is
where the word "harmony" comes in, and the rise of outflowing unconditional
divine love. Then we are a channel of the divine on earth, and loving every
minute of it.
Lessons #85 & #113 revisit
the stages of enlightenment from different perspectives, and it is looked at
from different levels of experience in many other lessons as well.
None of this would even be mentioned, except for the experiences that come
up with practices. There is a need then for a framework of understanding
(and milestones), so it is discussed for that reason. Otherwise, who needs
all this mumbo jumbo? With the experiences, the mental framework and
metaphors (shiva, shakti, etc.) describing what is happening inside are
helpful to inspire continuation of practices.
"Reconditioning" or "unconditioning" are a bit vague for me on what is
happening. I like purification and cleansing better. Once cleansed, the
nervous system becomes a clear two-way gateway to the infinite within us. It
is semantics really. Whatever words work for you are okay, as long as you
understand your experiences clearly on your own terms and don't misinterpret
what is happening. Misinterpretation (and fear, when experiences get way out
there) can lead to a loss of motivation to practice, so having an
understanding of what is happening is important. Always, the main thing is
that we are motivated to be doing our practices and getting reconditioned!
The guru is in you.
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