This bright clarity that we call Consciousness has no need for enlightenment, for it already knows what it is. In the attempt to give us a sense of what is happening here the ancients use the following image: An iron ball is an inert object. It is placed in the heat of a fire. The heat permeates the iron matter and the ball begins to glow. Similarly, all inert objects in the world, including our own body, are permeated with the shining of Consciousness, or ever-shining Self, and glow with a seeming aliveness. That aliveness is actually the Inner Effulgence that is reflected in all inert objects. Our ignorance (avidya) consists of our accepting this appearance of aliveness as “the body is alive” and simultaneously we identify ourselves with that ‘inert object’ feeling “I am this body”. The energy of pure seeing (Inner Effulgence) is a separate energy from the energy of ‘the seen’ (all objects of perception). Only when I can distinguish between the two more and more continuously does the veil that obscures reality begin to thin. Continue reading
In the following text, Ramana Maharshi expresses the perspective of an awakened one, a jnani, meaning one who has seen through the deluded state of imagining there to be something other than the one Reality, which he calls the Self.
I find this statement in particular:
Some power acts through his body and uses his body to get the work done.
gives us a sense of the jnani’s state, which is in strong contrast to our usual sense of being the doer and the ‘captain of our destiny’. Does this realization lead to the jnani falling into indolence? On the contrary; when the impediments to our ‘getting the work done‘ are removed (the ego behavior) we are much more productive and diligent in our commitment to protecting and fostering life in all forms in whatever way is open to us. Ramana’s life was constant evidence of that. Continue reading
A jnani can transcend consciousness and be the Absolute on demand; he can come into consciousness because that particular body is still available – through that body communication takes place with the beings in consciousness.
You have an ocean and the water from the ocean in a pot, now that pot is dipped into the ocean, the pot is still there, but the water in the pot merges with the ocean water, so that water does not feel any difference, but the water in the pot can also witness the pot. It has the advantage of being one with the Absolute and to use the body also. With this example I am able to understand what the state of a jnani could be.
source: Nisargadatta, Prior to Consciousness, November 23, 1980
My comment: We see ourselves as beings in consciousness. The jnani is in the Absolute state, sometimes called the ‘no-state-state’ because it is not a state with a subject and objects of perception as in the state of consciousness. According to the jnani, all of consciousness is a minuscule realm when seen from the platform of the Absolute. For those of us who identify ourselves as beings in consciousness, this realm is “All That Is” and the “I Am Presence” and it appears immense, infinite. The jnani recognizes that all of consciousness is a kind of super-imposition, an overlay, if you so will, of the sense of “I am” on our original state, our true nature, as the Absolute. The jnani interfaces with us, as beings in consciousness, through the instrument of a mind-body complex without identification with this instrument. This communication from the Absolute can be seen as coming from the Ultimate Dimension into our limited and relative dimension of consciousness, much like we now feel we are receiving messages from beings in higher densities. Some of these beings (Blue Avians) tell us that they are able to create a physical form in our world in order to interface with us, after which they then recede from physicality and reside in their own density which we do not perceive. The jnani tells us that the Absolute is the one natural state and thus each of us is the Absolute right now. Our focus on the super-imposition (the projection) of our phenomenal world, which includes all of the most subtle ‘energy’ realms, is what fills our organs of perception and thus there is ‘no room in the inn’ for the realization of us as the Absolute.