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Subramanian.R

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Avastha and Anubhava
« on: July 10, 2009, 12:41:28 PM »
Starting from Maandukya Upanishad, Gaudapada [in his Karika]
and Sankara speak about the three states of human beings
viz., the wakeful, dream and dreamless deep sleep and how
to go about Atma Sadhana despite these three states.

Avastha-thraya in Sanskrit, which is 'three states' - is all
temporary.  Avastha in fact, means only "change".  That which
changes, is temporary, anitya, non-permanent, and dhukka
[sorrow and misery].  The only Permanence is Anubhava
or Experience.  Anything that comes and goes is falsehood.

In Srimd Bhagavatam, Rishabha Devar says: "Satyam requries no Sadhana.  No one need to Sadhana for attaining the Truth.  Amrutanubhava, or the Experience of Nectar, the Real Truthful State, needs only maturity.  Maturity in mind and not in age!
A person just because he is old in age, with an old body cannot be assured of Jnana.  Many Yogis who had done perfect yoga and lived for 1000 years had not attained Jnana.   Sant
Jnaneswar has written a book called Amrutanubhava.  It is
experiential.  All books shall show only the way.  There are
like indicators in the junction roads, saying that this will lead
to Tiruvannamalai, that will lead to Vellore, the third one
will lead to Chidambaram and the fourth one will lead to
Pondicherry.  But these wooden indicators themselves are not the Truth.

The Truth is ever present.  It is right on your palm.  One needs only to overcome all that is untrue, unreal, impermanent, avasthas or changes.

Bhagavan Ramana says in AAMM, Verse 23,

Kaiyinil Kani un mei-rasam kondu uvahai
VeRi koLa aruL Arunachala....

You are like a fruit on my palm, with all essence of Truth.  Let me have it and be in that state of ecstasy, please grace me, Arunachala.

Arunachala Siva.               

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Re: Avastha and Anubhava
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2009, 06:47:33 PM »
Gaudapada in his Karika calls the the state beyond the first three,
wakefulness, dream and deep sleep, as Turiya.  It is called the
Turiya or the Fourth, only to distinguish it from the other three.
There is actually no fourth state.  It is only beyond the three states.
Nochur Venkatraman says:  When someone says a lamp is burning,
someone else can also say the lamp is extinguishing!  Because as
the lamp burns, the process of extinguishing also stars and runs.
On the day we are born, the countdown starts for death.  Hence,
as we are in the three states, our search for the state beyond Turiya
starts.  But it does not end up successfully for many but only for
a chosen few.  These are called Chosen, because it is where the
Guru's Grace operates because there are no hindrances, like ego/mind.

Arunachala Siva.