Gita Rahasya -Tilak
THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE ABSOLUTE SELF
I saw my death by my own eyes I
that spectacle was incomparable I
. in describing this state of ultimate bliss in figurativa language, and with great exuberation and appreciation. By the worship of, and meditation on, the qualityful perceptible or imperceptible Brahman, the devotee gradually rises and ultimately reaches such a state that he Realises the identity of the Brahman and the Atman, which is described by the words "aham brahmasmi", i. e., "I am the Brahman" ; and then he becomes steeped to such an extent in that state, that he does not think of what state he is in, or of what he is experiencing. In as much as he has not ceased to be awake, this his state cannot be called the dream-state or the sleeping- state ; and, it cannot be called a waking-state, as all the activities based on duality, which are carried on in the waking- state, are stopped.
References And Context
- This feeling of non-duality or of non-differentiation which results from meditation and concentration ia also experienced by smellin g a chemical gas called nitrous-oxide. This gas ia known as 'laughing gas' (Bee Will to Believe and Other Essays on Popular Philosophy by William James, pp. 234-298 ). But the great difference between the two is, that this state is artificial, whereas the state attained by self -absorption ( samadhi) is true and natural. But, I have mentioned this here, because the existence of a state of non-dual feeling ( abheda-bhava ) can be proved by the evidence. of this artificial state of mind.
- (Ga. 3579)
- (Br. 1. 4. 10)