WHAT DOES COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS MEAN?HOW TO EXPERIENCE COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS?FOUR PATHS OF YOGA-63
MEANING OF COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS;-
1-Cosmic Consciousness is a term often used to denote a higher or particularly spiritual level of awareness and consciousness.This type of awareness may be
associated with an experience of “knowing God," or of transcending the five senses and finding a hidden consciousness or reality which is beyond the perceivable world.
2-For many, the journey to experiencing cosmic consciousness involves practices such as yoga, meditation, prayer and acts of faith.It is said
that in a state of Cosmic Consciousness, the human mind is elevated beyond the awareness of the self and the ego, and enters a place of oneness and unity with the universe.
3-Finding this unity is one goal of yoga practice.When Cosmic Consciousness
is reached, the individual moves from believing in the oneness of the universe to having a direct knowledge of that fact. This level of consciousness requires letting go of the superficial ego.
4-Some claim that reaching this awareness may cause a person to retreat from the noise of the outside world and seek solitude. They will develop a heightened awareness of their own mental state and that of those around them.
THREE KINDS OF CONSCIOUSNESS;-
We can define as the highest of three levels of consciousness found in living beings:-
which both mankind and animals possess;
which includes thought, reason, and imagination and that mankind possesses;
3-Cosmic Consciousness, which is a higher and more spiritual consciousness than most ordinary people possess.
Cosmic Consciousness included a spiritual understanding that there is eternal life and that God is the whole universe. He saw all things as being interconnected -- a part of the cosmic consciousness.The concept of Cosmic Consciousness may be related to the hidden dimensions of quantum mechanics.
WHAT IS COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS?-
1-A spiritual yoga practice can help an individual move closer to attaining Cosmic Consciousness. Poses that open the third eye and crown chakras are particularly helpful in reaching this goal .
2-The world is a universal organism; it is a living thing. There is no dead matter in this world; therefore, consciousness cannot possess anything unless it converts the possessed thing into dead matter. Otherwise, if the object is not a material thing, it is to be regarded as a consciousness. The whole thing becomes a tautology(an unnecessary repetition of meaning).
3-Consciousness cannot possess consciousness. If you convert what you try to possess into a material object, you are doing a great disservice to that object, insulting it, converting it into a medium while it is an end in itself. Regard everything as an end in itself, and you are present in everything..
4-Cosmic consciousness, then, isn’t just real — it’s totally necessary. It rescues physics and science in general from a dead end — the total inability to create mind out of matter — and gives it a fresh avenue of investigation.
5-The Higgs boson has gotten us a bit closer to a unified field theory — only a bit — but we are still far away from a full theory of quantum gravity. In many versions of superstring theories, the so-called M-theories, it is deduced that a vast number of parallel universes exist, all forming what is called the multiverse. But the multiverse cannot be an explanation of why this particular universe of ours is what it is. Having a vast number of universes emerging from empty space still does not explain why consciousness is what it is in our universe.
6-Quantum theory has reached the point where the source of all matter and energy is a vacuum, a nothingness that contains all the possibilities of everything that has ever existed or could exist. These possibilities then emerge as probabilities before “collapsing” into localized quanta, manifesting as the particles in space and time that are the building blocks of atoms and molecules.
7-In everyday life, you get to experience the miracle of transformation that causes a three-dimensional spatial world and one-dimensional temporal world to manifest before your very eyes. The great advantage of experience is that it isn’t theoretical. Reality is never wrong, and all of us are embedded in reality, no matter what model we apply to explain it. Reality is waiting for us to creep closer to understanding its mysteries. In the meantime, it won’t falter or come to an end.It is defined as:-
“Cosmic consciousness, a consciousness of the life and order of the universe which is possessed by few men at present.
It is a further stage of human evolution which will be reached by all humanity in the future.”
HOW TO EXPERIENCE COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS?
1-This exalted, blissful experience comes through intuition or Samadhi. The lower mind is withdrawn from the external, objective world. The senses are abstracted in the mind. The individual mind becomes one with the cosmic mind or Hiranyagarbha or the Oversoul, the Soul of the Universe, the one common thread-soul or Sutratma. The function of the intellect, the objective mind and the senses are suspended. The Yogi becomes a living soul and sees into the life of things through his new divine eye of intuition or wisdom.
2-The state of Cosmic Consciousness is grand and sublime. It is beyond description. The mind and speech return from it baffled, as they are not able to grasp and describe it. The language and words are imperfect. It induces awe, Supreme Joy and Highest Unalloyed Felicity(happiness), free from pain, sorrow and fear. This is divine experience. It is a revelation of the Karana Jagat, the causal world wherein the types are realised directly.
3-Sri Shankara, Dattatreya, Vama Deva, Jadabharata, Madalasa, Yajnavalkya, Ram Das, Tulasi Das, Kabir, Tukaram, Mira, Gouranga, Madhvacharya, Ramanujacharya, Lord Jesus, Lord Buddha, Lord Mohammed, had experience of Cosmic Consciousness.
4-The Yogi who has experience of Cosmic Consciousness acquires all Divine prosperity or exalted rank ( Aishvaryas). He attains many kinds of Siddhis or powers, which are described in Srimad Bhagavata and Raja Yoga of Patanjali Maharshi.
5-Arjuna, Sanjaya and Ma Yasoda had the experience of Cosmic Consciousness. MaYasoda saw the whole universe within the mouth of Bala Krishna.
6-The Gita describes the state of cosmic consciousness through the mouth of Arjuna in these words: "Thy mighty form with many mouths and eyes, long-armed, with thighs and feet innumerable, vast-bosomed, set with many fearful teeth, radiant, Thou touchest heaven, rainbow-hued, with open mouths and shining vast-orbed eyes on every side, all-swallowing, fiery-tongued, Thou lickest up mankind devouring all into Thy gaping mouths, which are tremendous-toothed and terrible to see. Some caught within the gaps between Thy teeth, are seen with their heads to powder crushed and ground."
7-In France, Professor Bergson preached about intuition which transcends reason but did not contradict it.
8-This new experience bestows new enlightenment which places the experiencer on a new plane of existence. There is an indescribable feeling of elation(high spirits) and indescribable joy and Bliss. He experiences a sense of universality, a Consciousness of Eternal Life. It is not a mere conviction. He actually feels it. He gets the eye Celestial (pertaining to the sky or visible heaven).
9-The Jivahood has gone now. The little ‘I' has melted. The differentiating mind that splits up has vanished. All barriers, all sense of duality, differences, separateness have disappeared. There is no idea of time and space. There is only eternity. The ideas of caste, creed and colour have gone now. He has the feeling of Apta-Kama (one who has obtained all that he desires). He feels, "There is nothing more to be known by me." He feels perfect awareness of superconscious plane of Knowledge and intuition. He knows the whole secret of Creation. He is Omniscient. He is a Sarva-Vit or Knower of all details of Creation.
10-Absolute fearlessness, desirelessness, thoughtlessness, I-lessness, mine-lessness, angerlessness, Brahmic aura in the face, freedom from Harsha and Shoka are some of the signs that indicate that the man has reached the state of superconsciousness. He is also always in a state of perfect bliss. You can never see anger, depression, cheerlessness and sorrow in his face. You will find elevation, joy and peace in his presence.
11-Cosmic consciousness is perfect awareness of the oneness of life. The Yogi feels that the universe is filled with one life. He actually feels that there is no such thing as blind force or dead matter and that all is alive, vibrating and intelligent. This is the experience of scientist Bose also. He has demonstrated it through laboratory experiements.
12-He who has cosmic consciousness feels that the universe is all his. He is one with the Supreme Lord. He is one with the Universal knowledge and Life. He experiences bliss and joy beyond understanding and description. In the moment of illumination or great spiritual exaltation he has the actual divine universal vision.
13-He is conscious of being in the presence of God. He sees the light of God's appearance.He is lifted above the ordinary plane of consciousness. He reaches a higher state of consciousness. He has a cosmic or universal understanding. He has developed the cosmic sense. The human soul is revolutionised.
He does not worry about death or future, about what may come after the cessation of the life of the present body. He is one with Eternity, Infinity and Immortality....
14-During illumination the floodgate of joy breaks. The Yogi is inundated (To cover with water)with waves of indescribable ecstasy. Bliss, Immortality, Eternity, Truth, Divine Love become the core of his being, the essence of his life, the only possible reality. He realises that the deep, everlasting fountain of joy exists in every heart, that the immortal life underlies all beings, that this eternal, all-embracing, all-inclusive love envelops, supports and guides every particle, every atom of creation.
15-Sin, sorrow, death are but words now for him without meaning. He feels that the elixir of life, the nectar of immortality is flowing in his veins.He feels no
need for food or sleep. He is absolutely desireless. There is a great change in his appearance and manner. His face shines with a radiant light. His eyes are lustrous. They are pools of joy and bliss. He feels that the entire world is bathed in a sea of satisfying love, or immortal bliss which is the very essence of life.
16-The whole world is home to him. He could never feel strange or alien to any place. The mountains, the distant lands which he has never seen would be as much as his own, as the home of his boyhood. He feels that the whole world is his body. He feels that all hands, all feet are his.
17-Fatigue is unknown to him. His work is like child's play, happy and care-free. He beholds only God everywhere. Chair, table, tree have a Cosmic significance. His breath will stop completely sometimes. He experiences Absolute Peace. Time and space vanish.
18-Cosmic Consciousness is an inherent, natural faculty of all men and women. Training and discipline are necessary to awaken the consciousness. It is already present in man. It is inactive, or non-functioning in the majority of human beings on account of the force of Avidya or ignorance.