This level of consciousness (LOC) is considered the end all be all.
This is the blissful state where you can transcend time and space with just a mere thought.
It is the place where all your wildest dreams really do come true…
Well… there are SOME stipulations you SHOULD be aware of… but we will get to that!
According to most theologians and philosophers, self-realization is characterized by nirvikalpa samadhi (NrS). But NrS is really more than just the realization of the self, it is the purest realization of God.
Nirvikalpa is not self-realization, but God-realization!
So… what’s the difference???
In self-realization you come to the awareness that the self is really a part of the greater whole. But you don’t just experience it, you literally become it.
Some believe that it arrives when you simply realize that you are not the physical body.
Some believe you are “self-realized” after having an out-of-body experience or entering into a samadhi-like state.
This is also wrong.
Self-realization is entry into savikalpa samadhi through a divine superconscious experience. During this process the kundalini becomes activated and true stillness is gained in the greatest minor samadhi.
However, this is PARTIAL self-realization. There are different steps you must take before entering into the fullest version of self-realization called God-realization.
Self-realization is really a generalized category for any LOC you have achieved at savikalpa samadhi and up. Once you achieve nirvikalpa samadhi, true God-realization begins.
So… then what is God-realization?
You will realize God.
It really is that simple, but let’s first define it.
Well, in self-realization, you come to know the your “self” as a greater part of the whole. In God-realization, the whole no longer becomes relevant. This is because of the nature of non-duality [see this blog post].
Duality is the existence of physical, subtle, and ideational material. While non-duality is the existence of non-existence.
All of us have created something before. These creations – whether painting, woodworking, or drawing come from some base materials. Take a canvas, paints, and paintbrushes and a beautiful Mona Lisa masterpiece can suddenly arrive. This is the same as what our Creator did for us. The Divine created a world for us, so that we could have the fullest experience of creation.
But… this Creator knew it couldn’t just create plants and animals. It had to create a pure version of Itself in creation. Otherwise, the Creator couldn’t experience Itself within that creation. This is what you are, a smaller version of that pure Higher Self.
This is your purpose on this Earth as a human – to realize yourself as the Higher Self in the larger form of God. Since God is beyond and outside of any created thing, it is non-dual and thus is non-existent. Well, sort of.
This is a difficult concept to get, but to realize yourself as God is to realize that nothing truly exists. This non-existence is non-duality – which is outside the nature of dualistic opposites.
Only time itself gives us the perception that everything has a physical form and changes with “forward” progression. This form is anything felt, seen, heard, tasted, or smelled.
Over time, a person born brand new in the world eventually gets old and wrinkly; only to pass on becoming dust again. This is the nature of the duality which seemingly rules the world we live in.
Becoming God-realized, (thus a part of a non-dual existence) you will break the rules of this physical world, transcend time and space, and realize the following:
- The physical body can be manipulated by your will as you see fit
- Everything is just God manifested into physical, mental, and emotional “stuff”
- Nothing is ever truly in opposition to another
- Nothing ever really changes
- The Nothingness is what gives rise to Everything
Because of God-realization, masters have shown us many signs and wonders to prove to us the true nature of reality.
- Jesus the Christ and his many miracles with feeding the five thousand, turning water into wine, and healing the terminally ill by mere touch and word
- Theresa of Avila was known to levitate and disappear/reappear at will and spontaneously by God’s will
- Therese Neumann having the power of inedia ate only a Catholic wafer every Thursday for at least thirty years in a row with no other food or water and survived with both life and vigor.
- Lahiri Mahasaya created two bodies for himself, could levitate, and heal anyone he chose by mere word
- There have also been many yogis, saints, and other modern-day avatars who have achieved God-realization to show many miraculous powers and miracles.
- Some of these masters have just been supremely blissful and this blissful path has been chosen for you as well.
God-realization is really whatever you make of it. What do you really desire? It is to float on air without wings or live without food? Or maybe you just want the infinite peace and joy that can never be broken; not even for a moment.
This was my desire – to be joyful all the time. As a child, I struggled hard with depression and thought that I would never rid myself of my mental and emotional obsessions. After I found my guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, I soon found out there was a better path. Within four short years I had achieved nirvikalpa samadhi and much more!
This type of God-realized joy-bliss-awesomeness is for everyone. It is not just for the masters of old, but for you as well.
When reaching this state, don’t expect great powers to suddenly be yours. What is characteristic of this state is infinite joy-bliss. So much so, that walking around is difficult! Anything else sought after would be foolish. This is because bliss is the truest reality of SPIRIT.
Self-realization and ultimately God-realization is really very simple. Many individuals who are intellectual about the whole process, don’t really understand it at all.
God doesn’t care about how smart you are, He doesn’t care how much money you donate, and He doesn’t care how many friends you have either. He cares how much you love and what you do as a result of this love. That might sound harsh but think of it this way:
- If you can intellectually talk about God, but don’t have the wisdom to know when to speak about God, how does it benefit His creation?
- If you give a lot of money to an organization, which ultimately uses it for evil, what positive purpose has it truly served?
- If you claim to have many friends, but very few of them are true friends, then what is the benefit of friendship?
Love is the highest way to be and you must be both loving and humble in all ways to achieve God’s highest realizations. Through this love (and humility), great gifts are given. Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself. That is the true trinity of love that we often forget about.
If you can love God and everyone else as much as you love yourself, then you will reach the Kingdom of Heaven.
As for nirvikalpa, the ability to access unending love and bliss at any time is truly powerful and will transcend any conflicting moments in our life. It will give you the drive and purpose you need to be the best version of yourself. With this energy you will conquer hate, anger, frustration, self-doubt, and fear.
Some individuals will be given great powers as a result of their entry into nirvikalpa. You might be able to heal someone by mere touch or even with a word. To have absolute command over your words is the mark of a true master, but these gifts are not given easily.
You must be the purest representation of humility, kindness, compassion, and love to receive such wonderful powers. Some yogis may work for decades achieving these yogic siddhis. For the average workingman and woman this may not be possible with the constant day-to-day activities that have to be endured.
I, myself, have been given some gifts, but my only true desire was to have the unending joy of the Divine. This is exactly what I have received and if I can do more, it is because the Divine has a special purpose in allowing me access to greater yogic power. It is not things I seek on my own, but I do realize that by seeking and merging with the Divine, that this body shall eventually reach the highest state possible.
Om and Astral Samadhis
Also while in nirvikalpa, you will have the opportunity to experience an Om/Aum samadhi and an Astral samadhi.
The Om samadhi takes advantage of the sound you hear in deep meditation – the resonant, deep, rumbling of a waterfall with the vastness of a never-ending ocean. This is the sound of Om.
You might hear this sound at lower levels of consciousness, but it is merely a reduced version called “Om minor samadhi.” When you hear Om, overwhelmed with bliss in nirvikalpa samadhi, it will transform your being attuning you permanently to its creation vibration, bringing you to God-realization.
In the Christian scripture, Acts 2:1-4, it says:
1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.
Although most Christian theologians would interpret this passage being associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit after the Jesus’s ascension, I associate this passage with:
- Hearing the sound of OM – “…suddenly there came from heaven a noise…”
- The activation of the Kundalini energy – “And there appeared to them tongues as of fire…”
- The onset of self-realization – “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit…”
Which, in fact, these are the gifts of the Holy Spirit. That’s if you believe the Holy Spirit can also gift you the realization of Divine’s consciousness.
Ultimately, Om is to attune your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies to receive God’s highest gift as love-joy-bliss.
The Astral samadhi usually comes second in this pairing, because so many individuals are visually oriented. To see the subtle universe that lies beyond the physical world is at best, difficult! To hear the subtle realms is easier, because most of the time your eyes will be closed during meditation.
The Astral samadhi to most will come at the physically-measured end of nirvikalpa samadhi. (After reading the book and learning accurate muscle testing, this will make much more sense.)
This is also because the deeper the bliss, the more occupied your brain will be on bliss. When the brain is preoccupied with bliss consciousness, all that you will think about is bliss.
You will most likely stare off into space, being immersed in such fantastic sensations, because nothing else will appear to matter. In these moments with eyes open, you will probably experience an astral samadhi. You won’t realize it of course because real God-bliss, at first, is so overwhelming that you will totter around like a drunkard. This is because you won’t understand how to keep the bliss, while physically moving around. Also because physically moving around may prevent the bliss from manifesting in the deepest way.
For myself, I can keep the deepest state of bliss, even while I am in the office with clients and patients. As long as they don’t ask me too many questions, I can usually maintain it. However, if I converse more with the client, then I often will lose bits and pieces of the deepest part of the bliss consciousness.
Ultimately, having pure nirvikalpa bliss will make you less functional in the “real” world. If you live a busy life, it will be difficult to achieve this state. You will need to time to sit, relax, and silence the body as much as possible. It can be done in the standing position, but seated is best.
I will say that some days, I don’t experience any deep bliss and some days it is so profound I get lost! Most of the time it is moderated by keeping constant attention towards the third eye and practicing other yogic positions to keep the energy away from the lower body.
So… here’s the deal… do you like being happy?
Do you like the idea of being blissful at any time, for any reason, under any circumstances? Sounds idealistic, right? Well it is to some degree, but those who are dedicated and determined they will reach their goal.
But what is the goal? Is it just nirvikalpa alone? Or is there something more?
In the next blog post we will talk about the highest form of samadhi. It is even higher than nirvikalpa, but more natural and spontaneous.
Stay tuned friends, we are still on our way to the top!
~ Dr. Derek