What Does It Mean To Have A Deep Spiritual Experience?
The deep spiritual experience means all the internal fluctuations owing to the feeling of easiness and uneasiness have ceased, and one is always in a state of bliss (nirakudata).
The Deep Spiritual Experience begins after One Attains Self-Realization
The prevailing experience of, ‘I am John (please insert your name here), this body, mind, speech, etc. are mine’, is called body-consciousness. After Self-realization, this experience begins to leave, and the experience of the Soul begins to prevail. As this experience grows deeper, it means one is progressing towards having a deep spiritual experience. Let’s understand this in further detail….
Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan, the Enlightened being, explains:
“If someone picks your pocket and You are not affected by it, realize that your body-consciousness (‘I am this body’) is gone. If someone harasses you, and you react to it, it means that you still have body-consciousness. To question, ‘Why did he do that to me?’ is body-consciousness.
In the Gnani’s (the Enlightened One’s) language, when the body-complex becomes natural and spontaneous, it means the body-consciousness is gone. Sahaj means that even if someone were to do something to John, You would not have attachment or abhorrence. Just look at us and understand what sahaj is. Sahaj means to be in one’s own state, to be natural, to not be in the state of the John. It is to have no sense of ‘I am’ in the relative.
When the spiritual experience advances, one progressively becomes sahaj. At the moment, you are progressing towards being natural, and then (when ou have deep spiritual experience), you will become completely sahaj (natural and spontaneous). As you become free of the body-consciousness, meaning free from the belief, ‘I am this body’, you move towards naturalness (sahajata). As much natural You become, that much You are one with the Self (the Soul).”
The Deep Spiritual Experience at the time of Unfolding of Pain Karmas
Param Pujya Dadashri, while sharing his own experience, has said:
‘We have destroyed all documents of ownership (of this body-complex). We have destroyed the document (the title document), ‘this is my mind, this is my intellect, this is my speech, etc.’ We have destroyed all such documents. The Vitarag (One who is totally detached) refers to His speech as ‘the original taped record is playing.’ We have even destroyed the document (of ownership) that says, ‘this is my body’; hence we call the body a public trust.
So, when we have a toothache, there is the effect of pain, but we remain the Knower of that pain; we do not become the sufferer of that pain. We are not affected when someone insults us or curses us or even when there is a financial loss. There is no effect whatsoever of that which occurs in and to the mind. Any physical ailment will have its effect according to its nature but we remain its Knower and Seer and therefore pain does not touch us.
We have never been engrossed in anything. Even with this body, our relationship is like that of a neighbour, so if something happens to it, it does not touch us. We don’t come in pain due to someone else’s pain [the pain that the body, mind or ego of John undergoes]. Pain is not the nature of the Self; on the contrary, by its touch, the other person is filled with bliss!
The Deep Spiritual Experience means Experiencing the Bliss of the Self
When someone asked, ‘How can you tell whether the happiness experienced is from the Self or the body-complex?’, Param Pujya Dadashri replied: “The bliss from the Self means there is presence of nirakudata (a state free of all kinds of uneasiness and agitation). The slightest disturbance experienced within suggests that you lost the awareness of the Self for now (you became John). When you come home, agitated by the scorching heat outside, you will naturally feel good by switching on the fan. Now that’s not the awareness of the Self. You have to remain as the Knower of that ‘feeling good’.
When you are enduring some kind of suffering, You should remain as the Knower of the experience of the suffering, and at the same time nirakudata should also remain. You should remain the Knower of both; it is a mistake to become one with the happiness experienced in the body-complex.”
Unfolding of Suffering V/s the Awareness of Self
Param Pujya Dadashri specifies: “There is sweetness in the happiness experienced in the body-complex but You should ‘know’ that. During that moment the awareness should be present that ‘this is happiness experienced in the body-complex and this is nirakudata (free of all kinds of uneasiness and agitation)’. When suffering arises, You should remain the Knower of that too. On the outside, there is experience of suffering of pain, and within, there is nirakudata (a state of ease)!
The following story describes what it means to have a deep spiritual experience, the outcome of it:
There were three travellers,
one enjoying the pleasure of the senses in his life (indriya sookh),
the second is given to ego-pleasures (nirindriya sookh), and
the third experiencing bliss of the Self (atiindriya sookh).
All three happened to spend a night at a village inn. At night, it snowed very heavily and none of them had any blankets. How did they spend the night? Let’s see…
The first one kept crying, ‘Oh! It’s so cold, I am going to die from this cold’, and by morning, he was dead.
The second traveller kept on saying, ‘Darn! It’s so cold. It does not affect me, it affects the body’. This is how he spent his night, and by morning, his entire body was cold, but he was still breathing very slowly.
The moment it started snowing, the third traveller withdrew into the cave of the Self (the Soul). He remained completely detached from his body the entire night. He lived in the infinite bliss of the Self and in the morning, he was on his way ahead.
The happiness that one experiences through the medium of the five senses is the happiness of the first kind. The person who renounces sensorial pleasures but has not acquired the happiness of Self is caught up in a bind; he is neither here nor there. His happiness is void of the senses, but is ego-inebriated; and hence he remains intoxicated with pride. The happiness that is beyond the senses is the infinite bliss of the Self; it is a result of the deep spiritual experience! This happiness cannot be acquired without knowing the Self (Self-Realization).
So come, let’s go to the Enlightened One, and with His grace, attain Self-Realization NOW!!!
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