by Daciana Matei
„"Not born fully lucid spiritually, man must gradually become fully aware, through his own efforts that have to be carried out with perseverance throughout his evolution. This difficult mission (for some) has to be fulfilled as soon as possible by each of us. No doubt that some have evolved more and further than us, while others are clearly far behind us. For each of us, however, the goal is common - spiritual liberation. ".”
Yoga teacher Gregorian Bivolaru
Spiritual evolution means the awakening of consciousness and engaging of some latent aspects of our own inner universe. This awakening of consciousness is achieved gradually, at a slower or faster pace, depending upon our mental opening and on the spiritual aspiration that we manifest. To evolve spiritually, immense patience is required, a permanent attention to all the phenomena which manifest themselves in our being and around us, and an ability to learn from our experiences and from the other aspirants who follow a spiritual path and, first of all, to let us open inside towards the wonderful example of the accomplished human beings who have already completed the path of the spiritual evolution, reaching the ultimate liberation. The spiritual path that opens in front of us is no different than of the other people. All human beings who have attained liberation have taken the same inner journey and were faced with the same spiritual tests, and finally they got to overcome them. However, the spiritual path will be unique in its own way for each of us and to follow it we need the subtle guidance of an authentic spiritual Guide to guide our steps. He shows us what is the best choice we can make, but nevertheless, we are the ones that will take the steps on our own spiritual path. The spiritual Guide is also the one who helps us seek and acknowledge the presence of God in our being and in all that surrounds us.
Any human being that wishes to go throughout the long process of self-awareness will have to start by orienting their entire attention on the physical structure, on the body movements, the positions it adopts, the muscles that contract, on breathing, on the air which is used for both inhale and exhale, on his thoughts etc. Especially in the beginning, this awareness can be partial or vague. But later, as the capacity of awareness increases, we will manage to penetrate increasingly subtle layers of knowledge of our own being; our consciousness will stretch gradually and will start to include newer and newer mysterious realities, unsuspected before. We will then move to another phase of awareness, in which we realize that in fact we no longer identify only with our body or mind, and we begin to discover that there is something ineffable, far more subtle in our being. Emotional experiences will increase gradually, becoming global, deep and complex. At this stage, we find that there is a lucid consciousness that observes all the emotions, the states and the sensations they we feel, without identifying with them. After this, we will be granted access to another high level of spiritual transformation in which any manifestation of the ego disappears, leaving the place to the pure consciousness and the unification with the Divine, through the revelation of the Immortal Self ATMAN in our being. The last step of the spiritual ascent is the full conflation with the God the Father's Immortal Supreme Self, PARAMATMAN.
At the beginning of our spiritual journey, we often wonder how long we will have on this trip, where it takes us and if we are able to carry it out during this life. But, on the way, we will get to live increasingly more often in the Here and Now, understanding the fact that the present time is in fact made up of unique moments through which the grace of God is manifested to us, and what we have to do is we always abandon to his spiritual guiding. Thus, we will gradually get to think less and less in what moment and in what way we will reach the ultimate achievement, but instead we will live in a state of profound peace and quietness, fully recognizing the ineffable presence of God in every moment of our lives.
Awareness in the practice of HATHA YOGA
"A man does not become truly unique, until he awakens spiritually. Only then he is able to see with clarity and detachment his errors, illusions, false dreams and imaginative projections, only then, he intuits reality and totally accepts the present moment, as it is manifested in all its divine perfection.“ yoga teacher Gregorian Bivolaru
To practice YOGA means to choose to evolve spiritually in an accelerated aware way. Many human beings practice YOGA in a superficial way, believing that if they do a HATHA- YOGA postures it will be enough to produce transformations in their being, that they will quickly become healthy and purified because of the energies that pass through their body. But it's a great hoax. Even though this passing of the energy is produced, without a proper awareness of the processes that are triggered in our inner universe - when do our spiritual practice - effects on the body, our psyche and mind are much reduced and it takes a longer period of time until they become visible in the physical plan. In this situation, analogically speaking, we are like a sieve that receives pure spring water, but the water will escape immediately through the holes of the sieve, leaving only a small part on the surface of the sieve. But if we begin to cover the holes of the sieve, one by one, carefully and patiently, we will notice that the water starts to be retained within the sieve and we will benefit more and more from the purity of that spring water. The awareness of the energies which are receipted in our being will make the body and mind purify and refine. Then, also through a proper awareness, we will see how these energies will begin to produce increasingly subtle transformations and at the same time more stable in our inner universe, as we start to have intuitions on the mysteries of our own being and the universe. Thus, the spiritual evolution is accelerated and the conditions necessary for attaining the state of spiritual achievement will be achieved.
In certain phases of our spiritual evolution we will experience some moments in which the process of awareness becomes shallow, and we will see some slowdown of our spiritual evolution. These moments are particularly important because they represent milestones in our lives. If until that time we accumulated sufficient beneficial, transforming and purifying experiences in our being, they will become for us genuine spiritual anchors which will not let us go away from the ultimate spiritual goal already set in our mind. What we have to do when these difficult moments appear in our spiritual evolution, is to continue what we started with even more tenacity and perseverance, evoking the exceptional moments which we had lived until then. As soon as we pass over this spiritual threshold, a new spiritual ascent will follow. If until that moment we drifted in unconsciousness and laziness on the spiritual path, and our attention is no longer directed towards the attainment of high pure and elevated states, but is distracted by various temptations and attractions, towards the fulfillment of egoistic desires, then a spiritual regression will produce which, if we do not become aware of it in time, we will lead to a removal from the spiritual path that we had followed until then.
"The initial state of euphoria that appears once with the first glimmers of the awakening of the conscience tends, in the vast majority of cases to fade after a shorter or longer period of time. This aspect characterizes the length of the impact of the beginning energy that supports us when we take our first steps on the road towards spiritual realization. After this effervescent period often occurs a feeling of shortage, of diminution of the state of grace, which can even lead to states of despair." yoga teacher Gregorian Bivolaru
Out of the whole complex of techniques and procedures that the HATHA YOGA system includes, the most well-known are ASANA-s, the body postures. During the practice of ASANA-s we will regard each body posture that we realize as a gate open towards profound spirituality. The practice of ASANA-s must be carried out in a perseverant, effortless and patient way. Even though, at first, some aspiring YOGIS cannot do the body postures as they are described, due to some physical limitations, the practice of ASANA-s will always have beneficial effects if their attention will focus on the execution of that posture. In addition, they may use creative visualizations, picturing mentally as clearly as possible, as they do that perfect body posture perfectly, with no tension. If the execution of each ASANA will be accompanied by the focus of the mind on that respective posture, we will be able to more quickly become aware of the effects that appear in their being.
The effects of the YOGA techniques (ASANA-s), asserted by the yoga tradition are confirmed by the practitioners.
Also, to understand what this awareness means in the practice of the HATHA-YOGA techniques, we will take as an example the execution of a body posture MATSYASANA, or the posture of the fish.
Breathing is an indispensable condition of life. Through the respiratory act a vital fundamental energy called PRANA is captured and accumulated in the being. To become aware of this process will gradually lead us to the very source of universal life.
Through the correct practice of YOGA body postures (ASANA), we understand that only a purely physical exercise, regardless of its nature or complexity, cannot bring profound changes in the practitioner’s being. But accompanied by adequate awareness of the phenomena that occur in the body and of the processes of resonance with specific focal points in the universe that it triggers, this exercise will greatly help our whole being generating both interior changes of a deep nature as well as external transformation in the body.
Similarly, the mechanistic practice of these exercises of control and rhythm of breathing, PRANAYAMA, without being aware of the subtle phenomena that occur in the inner universe of our being, will not bring the extraordinary benefits mentioned in the millennial yoga treaties. It is therefore imperative that we focus our attention, first, on the air entering and leaving through the nostrils during inspiration and expiration. We observe the air flow inside the body and the route it follows and then its way out of the body through the nostrils. This method of awareness is similar to that presented in the first part of the article, where we spoke about how to be aware of the physical posture while performing an ASANA, the movements the body makes in order to reach that position. In the second phase of the awareness of the breathing process after we became familiar with the air circulating through the nostrils, we focus our attention to grasp the more subtle aspects of this process, namely the energies that are brought together with the air into the body and will produce the effect specific to the technique of PRANAYAMA performed by us. As a yoga posture correctly performed brings, through resonance, subtle energies of the macrocosm in the microcosm of our being, similarly, in the case of PRANAYAMA procedures the energy captured from the universe will be circulated in our own being, producing great changes in our inner universe.
For a better understanding we suggest you read the article Pranayama or how we can connect to the inexhaustible source of the universal energy, where detailed information about PRANA and the right way to approach PRANAYAMA techniques are presented.
Effects of conscious breathing on everyday life
Being aware of the breathing, of the way in which the respiratory process develops, can help us tremendously outside the spiritual practice itself, in many moments of our everyday life.
Many problems that the human being has to face are caused by the accumulation and expression of the negative emotions, some of them of a great intensity. Fear, stress, anger, jealousy, etc. trigger within our inner being, when manifested and lived with intensity, true mental and emotional storms and they may even disrupt the proper functioning of the body. Their disastrous effects affect the whole being, as they touch both the nervous system and immune and glandular systems. The mind becomes agitated, disturbed, confused and anxiety or choking sensations occur, etc. To counter these painful events we need to let go of the tide of destructive emotions and to begin immediately to breathe deeply, willingly, as regularly and consciously as possible. We will then focus our attention on the breathing process, realizing how, with the inspiration of air, we bring purifying and revitalizing pranic energy into our being, and as we exhale we will spread elevated energies, captured from the macrocosm, into our body, making evil and negative energies that tended to overwhelm us, dissipate and eventually disappear. After a relatively short time, our psycho-emotional balance is restored completely. A deep sense of peace occurs then, the mind calms down and on this background of clarity, superior insights and even brilliant solutions to problems we deal with may appear. Practicing these conscious breaths for a long enough period of time we achieve a state of self-confidence, enthusiasm, and zest for life, vitality and power to act in harmony with everything around us.
Method to capture the purifying, healthy, elevated energies through a force idea or creative images
In his book Initiation in Hermeticism, Franz Bardon describes a novel method of inner transformation that is based on the idea that air can be impregnated with some beneficial force ideas, thoughts or images. This impregnated air will play a dual role when it is directed to the lungs and then through the blood vessels throughout the body. At first, in the first phase of breathing, the material, coarse part of the air components is brought into the body and will be used to support and vitalize it. In the second phase, the subtle part of the components of the breathed air, filled with those beneficial ideas and images will reach the etheric and astral bodies impregnating them well. It goes without saying that what matters primarily is not quantity but quality of inhaled air, specifically the force idea with which it was impregnated.
From a practical standpoint, this method has the following steps: sit as conveniently and comfortably on a chair or on the ground. We aim to relax the physical structure and to breathe slowly, calmly, through the nose. We focus our attention on the force idea that we want to use in this method, for example: we visualize and realize how, once with the inspired air, health, peace, peace and love (or whatever good aspect we want to assimilate into our being) enter the lungs and blood. The visualization must be very clear, lived intensely and with full conviction. The inhaled air impregnated with the beneficial force idea will be rapidly assimilated in our body and subtle bodies and what we pursue will then become reality. We should practice each visualization at a time, with each of the beneficial states that we aspire towards, moving to the next force idea after we managed to obtain the state that we had aimed for before. Awareness of all the subtle aspects occurring in our being both during the actual practice of this method and at its end are extremely important.
In the previous article we approached the subject of becoming aware of the respiratory process in PRANAYAMA techniques and we pointed out its importance with the purpose of obtaining a connection with the very source of life, through the accumulation of the vital primordial energy, PRANA. When this occurs, a certain state of self confidence arises in one's being, a state of mental serenity and depth.
After this stage we will begin taking note of the activity of our mind and what happens beyond our thoughts, then we will deepen the meditative states and, while remaining in complete silence, we will have access to superior knowledge, through the awakening of the supra-mental consciousness.
The famous treaty Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, written in the form of a dialogue between SHIVA and his beloved consort SHAKTI, presents a wide array of techniques for spiritual enlightenment, some of these being based upon the process of becoming aware of the respiratory process. In Osho’s comments to one of these techniques, he describes the way in which this should be done in order to lead us to the revelation of our primordial nature.
“When the energy touches your nostrils, feel it there. Then let it enter. Be with it, fully aware. When you enter with it, do not lose it. Do not rush ahead and do not fall behind, go with it. Breathing and consciousness must become one. When the energy enters, you enter. Only then will it be possible to reach the point between two breaths. Move together with the PRANA on the inside, move with it on the outside.
If you'll keep on practicing this technique of becoming aware of your breath, suddenly, one day, without even knowing, you'll reach that interval. Because the more profound your consciousness will become, the more awake and solid it will be – the whole world will be bleaker, blander; your world is just the inspiration and the expiration, it is the arena of your consciousness – suddenly, you will feel that hiatus where there is no breath.
When you move attentively, in synchronicity with your breath, how could you ever remain unconscious? You will suddenly become aware of the fact that there is no breathing there, and a time will come when you will feel that no breath comes in, no breath comes out. It ceased completely. In that break you can become fully aware of your divine nature.”
First, it will be rather difficult for us to sense that break between the breathing out and breathing in; most of the times, we are under the impression that the two phases of breathing follow one after another endlessly. But when we focus our attention on breathing, without changing it, just observing it, we will notice that both the breathing in and the breathing out slow their pace, they become lighter and slower and then we'll be able to perceive that hiatus between them, that moment of going back from the outside and going inside and vice versa. That's the point where the mind calms down, the consciousness focuses inside the being and touches the center. In that point, the respiratory processes are united and the creation occurs.
To be aware means to be an observer
„To easily attain a state of contemplation, you should seek to detach yourselves from the spontaneous thoughts, at least once a day; just let them wander freely, just as clouds are passing by in the sky. When we focus into such a state of contemplation, you should try to be the life, and not just think of life.” - yoga teacher Gregorian Bivolaru
Observing all the events that occur within us and around us with great attention, lucidity and detachment, we will become more and more aware of ourselves and the surrounding reality. Our ability of being aware will increase more and more, it will get more refined, we will be able to seize more and more profound aspects, more subtle aspects, we'll be able to go beyond appearances and to master a wider area of our sphere of our consciousness, which will expand further more.
Usually, when we are paying attention to something of the outer world, we are actually referring to one of the sense: sight, hearing, smelling, touching or tasting. But the real attention consists of a perception with all the five senses, and a complete stillness, with no mental fluctuation to disturb our inner silence. This is the moment when we can consider ourselves true observers. If someone tells us about the beauty of a flower and its perfume, we can notice these details, indeed, but that doesn't mean we've actually felt that flower properly. We've only noticed certain specific aspects of it.
Truly becoming aware of the flower actually means that we stop our mind, we leave ourselves to be absorbed by that flower, with all its characteristics, as a whole. And then the field of our consciousness will change, the mind will stop, the body will be still and nothing outside of that flower will no longer exist. This is a very special state which is also very difficult to reach.
Then you can no longer say that there's just you and the flower, because you're becoming one with the flower, your consciousness has absorbed the flower and became one with it. This analogy can extend to the human beings we think we know. But we will never truly know someone unless we haven't incorporated them entirely in our consciousness.
Thus, being truly focused on something also means stopping our mind from playing and focusing it on one thing. For this to happen, an assiduous practice is required, because the mind is just like a monkey restlessly jumping from one tree to another. Can you even resist three whole minutes without thinking of something? This is difficult exercise, but many will say: “Yes, I can.” But after a few seconds, you'll notice that there's images unfolding before your eyes, or some thoughts just passing through your mind, thoughts about what you'll do after this experiment, or some thoughts about what happened just a few minutes ago.
Obviously, the process of becoming aware is inseparably connected to consciousness. And we can say that what we comprise in our sphere of consciousness is a measure of our spiritual level of evolution, of the degree in which our consciousness is awakened. The answer to the fundamental question “Who am I?” is intimately related to what we're capable of becoming aware of.
Are we the body? Are we the emotions? Are we the mind? Or the soul? Are we a divine immortal spirit, a spark of God, the Father? The depth of our direct conscious experience is what determines the answer and not our conscious mind, based on ideas or concepts.
The act of observation is a gate to the Supra-mental Consciousness
Most of the times, attention is selective, and the process of becoming aware is more complex, more comprising. It manifests in a field which is generated on the object to be perceived. That's where the attention is heading. If you focus on your breathing, then you'll not only become aware of the act of breathing, but also of the complex processes that take place during breathing: the air going through the nostrils, the presence of the subtle energies along with the air, the body posture, etc. You will be able to awaken your consciousness and to increase your ability of expanding it, while focusing your attention on the “third eye”, AJNA CHAKRA.
When you will be able to focus your attention on that point, you will notice your thoughts going before your closed eyes, without disturbing your concentration and you will become their observer. For a moment, the state of detached witness lingers, but then you’ll fall back into the world of thought and reason. Then you leap again and you’ll go back to the state of detached witness once again.
After a while, this state begins to stabilize and you will become a lucid observer of the occurring thoughts and ideas – they will occur less and less often in the end. The passing of the mental agitation will draw a state of complete silence and relaxation with itself. In this state of silence, with no thoughts to disturb it, you will be able to have access to the Supra-mental realm.
The energy which is specific to this realm is of a more subtle nature, it is pure and highly elevated. Sri Aurobindo said: “The world in which we’re living is an empire of the senses, in which the divine essence of our soul, the real Self was forgotten by most people. We are like actors on the great stage of life, actors who stopped listening to the directions of the Director, actors who identify themselves with their parts completely, and therefore they can no longer remember who they really are. The Tower of Babel is no longer a metaphor, but an image of day to day reality. If we want to transcend the great show of cosmic illusion, we must also be detached observers. The mind becomes silent when observing attentively. Only then, the TRANSFORMATION can begin…”
Silence is the language of perfection
„Watch these trees with great attention. Even they are meditating. Meditation, above all, is plenary silence, experienced at the ultimate essence of our being. If you are truly aware that you do not know anything, then you will find yourselves in a profound state of meditation. Such a complete sincerity represents the grounds favorable to the silence which reveals God. Silence experienced deeply is meditation.” Yoga Swami
In the previous articles I have the described the path of spiritual evolution that an ordinary human being (with a consciousness limited to the material world) follows to transform and to awaken his spiritual aspiration to know himself, the surrounding world, and ultimately, his divine ultimate essence which is a spark from God, the Father. As we've shown earlier, consciousness expands gradually, going from its ordinary level, characterized by fragmentation and duality, to more and more elevated levels, which are fully integrating, unifying. Along the spiritual journey, that being starts to become aware of those resonance processes which involve superior, cosmic energies which will then occur and trigger, in his inner universe, more and more powerful states of happiness, fulfillment, knowledge.
Through the conscious, attentive and tenacious realization of YOGA techniques – such as ASANAS, controlled breathing techniques PRANAYAMA and meditation and introspection techniques – the aspirant becomes familiar with different horizons and spiritual depths that will finally lead him to knowing his intimate, essential nature.
Swami Shivananda describes in his book, The practice of meditation, a technique for yogi meditation: “Sit down in your favorite pose [ASANA], with your back straight, close your eyes and focus your attention on the middle of your forehead (AJNA CHAKRA), in the lotus of the heart (ANAHATA CHAKRA), or on the top of your head (SAHASRARA). Upon choosing a focusing point, keep it, do not change it! But at the same time, try to gradually activate and harmonize your other chakras as well. But if, for example, you decided to focus on the heart lotus (ANAHATA CHAKRA), you must be consistent with your choice in order to attain fast progress at this level.
If you will get startled by an enlightening spark, during your meditation, do not frighten. It will be a new experience, of immense joy. Do not come back to your initial state; do not abandon meditation. Do not stop; on the contrary, you will have to progress because you only saw a glimpse of the Truth and not the complete experience, the great Realization. This is only one level; try to ascend further and to reach the supreme goal, the infinite. Only then will you be able to resist to any temptation. Only then will you be able to drink from the nectar of immortality. It is the summit, the ultimate state. It is the final purpose.
There are infinite powers and latent faculties in you that you had no idea about. You must awaken these dormant forces by practicing meditation and YOGA. You must develop willpower, master the senses and the mind. You must purify and constantly practice meditation. Only then will you become a super-human, a complete being.
As the flame keeps burning into a lamp, the divine flame will keep on burning similarly, from the most ancient of times, in your heart (ANAHATA CHAKRA). Meditate upon this divine flame; immerse yourselves deeply into the most reclusive of places of your heart (ANAHATA CHAKRA). Meditate upon the divine flame and become one with it.”
“During deep meditation, transcend the consciousness of the body and of those surrounding you; feel the perfect unity; all sensations fade away. There is no more selfishness. An intense joy, an ineffable happiness engulfs you. Bit by bit, thoughts fade away. When you immerse yourselves into silence within the deepest form of meditation, the outer world and all sorrows fade away. Have a taste from the Supreme Peace. In this silence, the Light of Lights shines bright, the immortal happiness dwells. And this silence is the true force and happiness.”
Silence is an expression of peace, of harmony and perfection. When we'll begin to look for silence instead of noise, our being will begin to aspire to understand things and thus, the desire of observing and becoming aware of everything that happens in our inner universe will arise. The state of silence triggers an inner process in our being that leads to clarity, higher inspiration and depth of the soul.
The more we evolve spiritually, the more we are capable of inducing states of inner peace, that will then reflect outside of us as well. Many people just make noise in order to be noticed. They talk loudly and laugh a lot, they open and close the doors around them, they make a lot of noise around them because they want to make themselves heard. But this is typical of a great deal of mediocrity and their incapacity to focus on their own being. If someone would ask them to sit down and meditate for five minutes, they would feel like it's an eternity, they couldn't stop fidgeting and they would even complain of some imaginary pains. They would remember every little thing that they have to do. All this “mental ruckus” blocks their connection to their inner universe and the inner perceptions at this level.
“Silence is the language of perfection” - said Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov in his work, The Path of Silence - “while noise is the expression of a flaw, of an anomaly or of a life which is still messy, disorganized and that needs to be controlled, perfected.”
When man begins to grow spiritually, he begins to love inner silence instead of the ordinary noise of the mind and he becomes more cautious with everything he does. His actions are now based on an inner state of profound silence. He will thus integrate more and more into harmony, striving for perfection.
The fusion which occurs between the mind, the heart and the spirit generates harmony spontaneously. In order to manifest it, one does not need any words and philosophical explanations. Therefore, when one asks “What is God?” sages answer through silence. Any term one might use to define God would do nothing but getting us closer to His true nature, without ever reaching it. Only Silence can define Him and only Silence can help us enter our own beings, the essential center of our being, which is but a spark of God, the Father.
The profound silence that we have to attain does not only involve the mere act of refraining from uttering any words, but it is equivalent to the complete silencing of the mind. Beyond this continuous agitation of our thoughts, an entirely new state unveils to us, in which we become able to reflect upon reality exactly as it is. The super-mental dimension that we enter is a realm of Silence.
The lucid consciousness of awareness awakens love, compassion, tenderness
If at the level of the inferior mind, the consciousness of the human being is limited, at the level of the superior mind (the super-mental) manifests in a higher consciousness, which is free of the ordinary constraints and limitations, touching infinity. The super-mental consciousness involves an advanced level of understanding, an entirely new language.
When consciousness elevates, we begin to experience refined perceptions and all the ineffable states which occur in our inner universe become clear manifestations of our spiritual growth and transformation. Living such moments of plenitude as often as possible and becoming as aware of their message as possible, becoming aware of the synchronicities which occur around us and prove to us that we are on the right path, the path of truth, all these aspects create the premises of a mysterious encounter with God.
When we reach the super-mental level, we become aware of the permanent interaction between the individual and the universal, we become aware of the coherence and perfect synchronization of everything. By entering the realm of super-mental consciousness, the power of knowing something directly also awakens in our being, the ability of being a lucid observer of the surrounding reality; intelligence becomes multidimensional, comprising a wide range of ideas and aspects. By awakening this consciousness, we come to master some exceptional forms of intuition, brilliant solutions, wise inspirations and divine revelations.
When the level of consciousness is ordinary, limited by the human condition, the being can only think of God in a superficial way, without actually feeling the mysterious, ineffable connection between himself and the Creator. When we are in harmony with the Divine Consciousness, wonders can take place in our being. When our consciousness expands, we can communicate with God directly, on the basis of absolute Silence, in the spiritual center of our being. Thus, we can listen to His Divine Voice or we can apprehend the messages he is sending to us through spiritual, super-mental intuition.
Sri Aurobindo says: “Unlike the inferior mind, the Super-mental has no mood swings. Its contents are enveloped in silence. It's a blaze of lucidity, with no smoke. Once it is lit, it shines brightly and thus, the perception on the world changes, just as our every reaction. The Super-mental Consciousness does not seek to know, it does not seek to find out what it needs to be done; it is always perfectly silent, still, and it lives spontaneously, but TOTALLY, every second of existence. In its case, every being, in the the complete silence of consciousness, the desired knowledge occurs naturally, just like a shimmer of light; thus, we can get to know almost instantaneously what needs to be done, what needs to be said, what needs to be seen, what needs to be understood.”
The one who has attained the state of super-mental consciousness will always act, think and feel under the divine impulse and inspiration. He will no longer know the duality of the mind, the gimmicks of the ego. For him, there is nothing but love, compassion and superior understanding, in a complete fusion with the divinity.
For the aspirant who is on the ascending spiral of spiritual evolution to fully awaken his super-mental consciousness, he must dive into the ocean of inner silence, where there is nothing but void. A religious Hindu song says: “those who are half drowned will be completely drowned, those who drowned completely will cross the ocean.” In other words, you can not become aware of the Divine Truth by simply swimming in shallow waters. It takes courage, audacity and silence for one to be able to dive into the depths of the ocean and to know the true essence of divinity. It is only in a super-mental state, when the ego is fully transcended, the Spiritual Truth reveals. It is not outside of us, it is in our very own being. We must remove all the veils which are covering it in order to be able to see Him and to be one with Him.
Inner silence comes when you become fully aware that there is nothing to gain and nothing to lose
The great yogi and sage Yoga Swami talked about the true spiritual knowledge in simple but profound words. The complete renunciation to what we believe we already know and what we think we are, which in other words is the entirety of our luggage of concepts, our false certainties and identifications that our ordinary mind is based upon, is what opens the way to the divine reality, to the absolute source of all things and beings.
“You must always remain simple. You must permanently be empty, just like a mirror, in your consciousness. When you will be completely reduced to NOTHING – when the ego will be gone – when you will be one with the nothingness (VOID), only then you will truly be ONE with God. Only that man which is nothing intimately knows God, because God is permanently the Creative Blissful Void. Nothing is everything. To be nothing is to be in complete communion with EVERYTHING. For I am completely aware that I am nothing, for I am always a beggar – thus, I have all the things. Hence, NOTHING is actually everything. Do you understand? Can you understand this?”
“To become aware of God in your own being and to attain the state of ultimate liberation, each of you must act and work for the self, in this spiritual matter. Never believe that who promises you that he is the only one who will help you while you don't need to do anything. Someone who is truly capable can periodically encourage us, but no one will do our duty, because, remember this, no one except GOD is capable of doing this. Even someone who is very powerful can only show us the way, he can even encourage us to follow the path, but we will always have to walk the path almost alone.”
So, in order to attain the super-mental state, the assiduous and consistent practice of some adequate yogi techniques will lead us to success. There are many techniques that can take us beyond the mind's turmoil. The correct and consistent practice of the YOGA techniques accompanied by an adequate becoming aware process, either they are body poses (ASANAS) or breathing techniques (PRANAYAMA) or focusing and meditation techniques (DHARANA and DHIYANA), are gradually refining of our consciousness, besides the specific effects that each of them has. Thus, the transcendence of the discursive mind and access into the super-mental dimension becomes possible.
One of the simplest ways to attain the super-mental state is to focus your attention on the present moment. The ordinary mind is permanently oscillating between past and future, using its experiences in order to project the future. Focusing on the present moment, opening ourselves and fully accepting the present moment, the mind will stop, making room for silence, inspiration and for the light of the super-mental consciousness. If we practice this technique of focusing into the Here and Now, it will be easier for us to access the super-mental level and to experience this state for longer periods of time, while fully enjoying the extraordinary benefits that come with it. As a matter of fact, in the view of the great yogi Sri Aurobindo, going from the mental level to the super-mental level is the next evolutionary step for humanity as a whole.