SILENCE OF DEEP SLEEP
silence of deep sleep (awareness of awareness) is
conducive to liberation.
it the prana or life-force is neither restrained nor promoted,
senses are neither fed nor starved, the perception
of diversity is neither expressed nor supressed, the
mind is neither mind nor non-mind.
is no division and hence no effort at abolishing it; it is
called the silence of deep sleep, and one who is established
in it may or may not meditate.
is knowledge of what is as it is, and there is freedom from
is utter emptiness. It is supportless. It is of the nature
of supreme peace, of which it can neither be said that it is
real nor that it is unreal.
state in which one knows "There is no 'I' or
mind or anything derived from the mind", in which
one knows 'I' is but an idea in this universe, and it
is really pure existence - that is known as the
silence of deep sleep (awareness of awareness).
that pure existence which is infinite consciousness, where
is 'I' or 'another'?
Yoga Vasistha pg 327 - ISBN: 087395954X)
EQUILIBRIUM OF WITNESS CONSCIOUSNESS
who, though remaining established in equilibrium, do
not let their organs function naturally as long as the body
is alive, are obstinate and stubborn people.
long as there is sesame there is oil; as long as there
is the body, there are the different moods also. He who rebels against
the states that the body is naturally subject to cuts space
to pieces with a sword.
equilibrium of yoga is for the mind, not for the organs
of action and their states.
long as the body lasts, one should let the organs of action
perform their appropriate function,
though the intellect and the senses remain in a state of
is the law of nature, to which even the gods are subject.
Yoga Vasistha pg 375 - ISBN: 087395954X)
pure and equinimous state which is devoid of ego-sense
and non-ego sense, of the real and the unreal, and which is free,
is known as turiya (the fourth state).
is the state of the liberated sage. It is the unbroken
witness consciousness (awareness of awareness).
is different from the waking and the dream states, which are
characterized by movement of thought; it is different
from the deep sleep state, which is characterized by inertia and
the ego-sense is abandoned, there arises that perfect
state of equilibrium in which the turiya manifests itself.
I tell you O Rama, there is nothing but the turiya. The turiya
is the unmodified consciousness, and that
dream and sleep are a state of the mind. When they cease, the
mind dies. Satva alone remains - which the yogis aspire to.
is the conclusion of all scriptures: there is no avidya
(ignorance) and no maya (illusion) in reality; Brahman (consciousness)
call it the void, others pure consciousness, others the Lord,
and they argue among themselves.
Abandon all these
Rest in nirvana without movement of thought, with the mind
greatly 'weakened' and the intelligence at peace; rest in the
self as if you are deaf, dumb and blind.
abandon everything; externally engage yourself in appropriate
existence of the mind alone is happiness, the existence of
the mind alone is unhappiness.
By remaining unaware of the
mind, let all these cease.
unaffected by what is attractive and what is unattractive; by just this much of self-effort this
samsara is overcome!
remaining unaware of pleasure and pain and
of even that which lies between the two, you rise above
by this little self-effort you attain the infinite.
Yoga Vasistha pg 413 to 414 - ISBN: 087395954X)