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Intensity and the four states of consciousness

Intensity means being intense every moment in whatever you do.


 T here are four states of consciousness.

When you have ‘I’ Consciousness and thoughts, you are in the waking state, the state in which you are right now. In this state, ‘I’ has more frequency than your thoughts. So you can control your thoughts.

The fourth state is where you have I consciousness but no thoughts. 

When you are without ‘I’ consciousness but having thoughts, you are in the dream state. In the dream state, your thoughts are at a higher frequency than your ‘I’ consciousness. That is why you have thoughts in your dreams but you are not able to control them.

When you are without ‘I’ Consciousness and not having any thoughts, you are in the deep sleep state. Normally, we are aware of only these three states of waking, dream and deep sleep. The fourth state is where you have I consciousness but no thoughts or turiya.

Intense seeking – awareness in the three states

Intensity means being intense every moment in whatever you do. So first you need to be aware of yourself in all the states. Then only you can be intense throughout.

Now you experience who you are with awareness only during the waking state. You feel, ‘I am a doctor,’ ‘I am a lawyer,’ ‘I am an engineer’ and so on. Only if we are aware of the identities that we carry and enjoy in all the three states, we have caught the thread, the center line of all the three states of waking, dream and deep sleep. When we catch the thread of all these three states, suddenly we realize our identity in all the three states.

 So, first you need to be aware of yourself in all the states. Then only you can be intense..

Somebody asked me, ‘I don’t think that in the deep sleep state I am aware.’ Then who is the person who comes back and says it was deep peace during my deep sleep? Who is the person who is reminiscing about it saying, ‘It was filled with darkness. It was as if I was not there at all’? Who is coming back and remembering even this idea, ‘I was not there at all’?

If the person is not there in that state, then who is coming back to connect all these three states? No, we cannot say we were not there in the deep sleep state. We were there, but we were not aware of the identity that we had in that state.

Understand, a person who is aware of all these three states is conscious. If we are aware of the identity in all these three states, then we are conscious enough, our seeking is intense enough to be answered, we are intense enough to be initiated and blessed.

If we are not already aware in all these three states, if we have not experienced all these three states with the same identity, then naturally we need to now intensify our seeking.

An intense seeker will carry the identity about himself throughout all these three states. If even once or twice you have experienced your waking identity in the dream state then you are intense.

In the dream state suddenly sometimes you remember that you are beyond the identity which you think as you in the dream state. I have seen seekers going through this experience in the dream state. They will be dreaming and suddenly they will identify themselves with their identity in the waking state. Then they will think about the dream state, ‘Hey, this is too small. This is nothing.’

If you have had the experience of your waking state identity in the dream state,  then you have the intensity. Your seeking is intense.

Wake up!

 ..one click is enough and you will be out of the dream! 

During a nightmare, a very wild dream, just one thought or one click such as, ‘Hey, this is a dream’ is enough. You will be awakened. You will be out of the dream. In the same way, if you are intense in this dream you are living, called the waking world, then one click is enough and you will be out of the dream!

If you think, ‘No, I need some more technique,’ then you are not really going through a nightmare or an intense dream. You are just having some casual flow of thoughts.

Sometimes in the dream state you will be seeing without any clarity. There will be some casual black and white shows which will be going on. You will neither feel like watching it nor feel like coming out of it. If you are in those kinds of dreams, then you are just wasting your time.

 If you have an intense total desire to wake up, you can wake up this moment. 

If you are not really intense, you are in these kinds of dreams. Neither will you go down nor will you go up. Please do not be in that state. Understand, if you are in such an intermediate state, then this click will not happen. It will not be a sharp, strong shift.

Just like you can get up from your sleep by just an intense desire to wake up at a particular time, you can also get up from the deep slumber you have been for so many millions of lives. If you have an intense total desire to wake up, you can wake up this moment.

Kabir* says so strongly and beautifully, ‘When you look for Him, you will find Him instantly.’

There are people who say ‘What is there in our hands? When god wants us to be awake He will wake us up. It is our destiny.’ Understand, these are nothing but cunning tricks of the mind. God knocks every moment at the door of the prison you have built for yourself. If you don’t open, what can be done?

 I always tell people, god is a gentleman. He never interferes with your freedom. 

I always tell people, god is a gentleman. He never interferes with your freedom. If you choose to remain asleep, He will simply wait till you wake up. He respects your freedom. Till you are bored and realize the futility of the fantasy world you are in, He will patiently wait.

Look inside yourself and you can see that you are choosing to remain asleep in your fantasy world. Reality is knocking on the door every moment but we choose to ignore it. We are so used to our dream world we don’t want to wake up.

So when the master tells you that reality is much more beautiful and ‘real’, you still remain in the inertia of sleeping. You have to understand, it is only you who can choose to come out of your long dream. It is your choice and your responsibility.

Intensity in the state of sleep

Have you ever tried this simple experiment? Suppose you want to get up early in the morning at say 4 am. Suppose you don’t have an alarm clock. At night, when you go to sleep you simply make a deep and intense will, ‘I am going to wake up at 4 am.’ At 4 am, you will find that you are awake, your eyes are open and sleep has just disappeared. Your body clock responds directly to the intensity and the sincerity of the desire.

 Your body clock responds directly to the intensity and the sincerity of the desire..

If you are not sincere and deep down you think, ‘I will try this as an experiment. It is ok if I don’t get up also,’ then it will not happen. Be sincere and intense and it will simply happen.

Intensity has the power to penetrate your states of unconsciousness including deep sleep.

Attention shift from the states to the seer

In all the states, one factor is common, the one who goes through these states or the seer. If you look little deeper, you can see that in all these three states of waking, dream and deep sleep, we are trying to change reality as it exists. We are trying to change the scene happ-ening every moment in our lives.

A small story:

A small boy went to a watch a movie with his parents. He was watching a kids’ movie about a lion cub and other animals in a jungle and was thoroughly enjoying it. There was a scene in which the lion cub was trapped by some hunter and was terrified.

The boy was not able to bear this scene. He just jumped from his seat and ran down the hall closer to the movie screen. He started throwing his hands and legs at the hunter in the movie who was about to cage the lion cub. Anyways, the movie continued and soon the other animals in the jungle joined together and drove away the hunter and rescued the cub.  

The boy came back to his seat and proudly told his mother, ‘Mommy, see how I went first and all the animals followed me and we saved the cub!’

 Whether you believe it or not, accept it or not, you create your reality.

It may look childish to think that you can change the scene on the movie screen by jumping in front of it. Just look little deeper into your own lives. Like the small boy, in your life also you are under the illusion that you are in control of your life. Life is actually a movie, moving in these three states.

You, the seer, are the projector. Whether you believe it or not, accept it or not, you create your reality. When you try to change the events and world outside, you are trying to change the scene by jumping in front of the screen. To change the scene, you need to change the film being projected on the screen.

When you realize the futility of all the three states and the futility of trying to change the scene in all these three states the whole attention will fall on the seer. Then the awakening will happen. If instead you think that there is some utility in all these three states, your attention will be on them. You will continue to be engaged in them. You will continue to try to alter the scene.

 All we would need is one click, ‘Hey, this is a dream!’ That’s all. We will be awakened.

If this understanding clicks in us, then it does not take more than one click to wake us up from our state of sleep, whether it is dream sleep, deep sleep or waking sleep. All we would need is one click, ‘Hey, this is a dream!’ That’s all. We will be awakened.

The gate to the fourth state

There are some people who carry the same awareness even to the deep sleep state. For them, when the very understanding of these three states happens, suddenly they will come back to the center to awaken themselves to the fourth state, turiya*.

A small story:

One day early morning, a Zen master started crying the moment he came out of his bed. The disciples were really surprised and asked him, ‘Master, why are you crying?’

The master said, ‘Last night I dreamt that I was a butterfly.’ The puzzled disciples asked, ‘But that was a dream. Now you are here sitting in front of us. Why are you crying?’

The master replies beautifully, ‘I do not know whether I dreamt that I became a butterfly or that butterfly is dreaming now that it has become a master.’

Understand, it is true and very rare that a few individuals can carry the same intensity to have the same connected, undisturbed identity in the three states of mind. If you can carry a connected, straight, undisturbed, unbroken identity throughout these three states, then you are a seeker.

Then the individual consciousness is awakened. The pratyakatma chaitanya jagrat has happened. These are some of the Sanskrit technical terms. I have always wanted to express the Sanskrit words also because I want all of you to know that there are many non-portable things in the vedictradition. Non-portable things mean the non-expressible dimensions of the experience. Some of these Sanskrit words cannot be expressed with mere translations to another language. Some of the dimensions of the experience cannot be expressed when we attempt to translate these words into English. The Sanskrit word itself represents the understandings of the multiple dimensions of the experience.

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Glossary

Kabir – Mystic devotional poet of India.

Turiya – Fourth state of consciousness in which there are no thoughts and only awareness.

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