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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dreaming in Subconscious and Waking-Up in Superconsciousness : An Interpretation by Paramahansa Yogananda

          When one is sitting quietly and calmly,he has partially stilled the life force flowing out in to the nerves,releasing it from the muscles; for the moment his body is relaxed.But his peace is easily disturbed by any noise or other sensation that reaches him,because the life energy that continues to flow outward through the coiled path keeps senses operative.
          In sleep,the astral life forces are withdrawn not only from the muscles but also from the sensory instruments.Every night each man accomplishes a physical withdrawal of the life force,albeit in an unconscious way;the energy and consciousness in the body retire to the region of the heart,spine and brain,giving the man rejuvenating peace of subconscious contact with the divine dynamo of all his powers,the soul.Why does man feel joy in sleep ? because when he is in the stage of deep,dreamless sleep, unconscious of the body,physical limitations are forgotten and momentarily taps a higher consciousness.

          The yogi knows the scientific art of withdrawing consciously from his sensory nerves,so that no outer disturbance of sight,sound,touch,taste or smell can gain entry in to the inner sanctum of his peace-saturated meditation.Soldiers posted for days on the front lines are able to fall asleep despite the constant roar of battle,because of the body's mechanism of unconsciously withdrawing the energy from ears and other sensory organs.The yogi reasons that this can be done consciously.by knowledge and practice of the definite laws and scientific techniques of concentration,yogis switch of the senses at will-going beyond subconscious slumber in to blissful Superconscious interiorization.
          Though the soul is given periods of freedom from body consciousness at regular intervals in its existence-for a few hours each night,and for a longer respite between physical incarnation during the sleep of death-the unenlightened man inevitably finds that his unfulfilled earthly yearnings stir him once again to the consciousness of the body.When he was sufficiently recovered from his sensory fatigue,the sleeping man's wants cause him to return to his wakefulness,just as unfulfilled urges for earthly experience impel man's re-embodiment after a temperory rest in the astral realm between physical incarnation.


          The state of subconsciousness,experienced in the sleep,thus affords man only partial transcendence.So long as the life force and consciousness remain tied to the body by the activities of heart,lungs and other vital organs,man cannot enter Superconsciousness.The yogi,in the deep meditation,completely switches off the life force and consciousness from the physical body,refocusing on Superconscious perception of the soul's invisible heavenly nature of bliss.Repeated and prolonged sojourns into the sublimity of ecstasy satisfies the devotee's every desire and free him from earth-binding compulsion with their cycles of reincarnation.
          Whenever cynically thinks that seeking spiritual progress in meditation is a waste of time,should reflect on the consummate benefits of being able to lift the consciousness in to the elevated state of Superconsciousness.In sleep all the dualities and miseries of physical existence are forgotten; indeed the whole world vanishes in to the invisible vastness of subconscious peace. If one learns to produce that mental freedom consciously and at will in samadhi ,then when afflicted by suffering or confronted by death he is able to transfer his consciousness to the boundless inner kingdom of bliss,which is secreted behind wakeful and subconscious minds even as the misery quelling subconscious sleep is hidden behind the conscious mind.

          Every human being has learned to enter subconsciousness in sleep;and everyone was likewise master the art of Superconsciousness ecstasy,with its infinitely  more enjoyable and restorative experience than can be gleaned from the sleep.That higher state bestows the constant awareness that matter is the frozen imaginings of God,as in our sleep our dreams and nightmares are our own ephemeral  thought-creations,condensed or frozen in to visual experiences through the objectifying power of our imagination.A dreaming person does not know that a nightmare is unreal until he wakes up.So only awakening in spirit-oneness in God with samadhi-can disperse cosmic dream from the screen of his individual consciousness.
          Ascension in spirit is not easy,because when one is conscious of the body he is in the grip of his second nature of insistent moods and habits.Without timidity,one must vanquish the desires of the body.A body bound "son of man" cannot ascend to heavenly freedom just by talking about it; he has to know how to open the coiled knots of Kundalini force at the base of the spine in order to transcend the confinement of the fleshly prison.

-From the book 'The Second Coming of the Christ',Discourse 14


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