Turiya, pure consciousness

“Right now there is no experience of life. Largely you are just a bundle of thoughts, emotions, ideas, opinions and prejudices. Your psychological drama is being mistaken for life” Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

We are all very familiar with the three common states of consciousness. Waking, dreaming (day and night) and dreamless sleeping.

During our waking hours we are busy thinking and doing and living our lives. The hours pass by and we may be joyfully engaged in our activities or we may only be going through the motions. We may be fully partaking or we may be dreaming and wishing things could be different. Then at night, we go to sleep, where we drop in and out of REM dreaming and dreamless sleep. Every day unfolds more or less in this manner as we engage in the three common states, waking, dreaming and dreamless sleeping.

Life is in constant change. As our days go by, we encounter many experiences, thousands of thoughts and many emotions associated with our thinking, doing and experiencing, always changing in small ways and big ways. We become fully identified with our bodies and minds, our experiences, such as, “I am getting older”, “ I am a sister, a brother, a father, a mother-in-law, a lawyer, a pauper, a grandmother”, “I just got soaked in the rain”. We identify with our personalities, our age, our weight, our occupation, our family, our society, our religion, our relationships, our status, our self image, our desires and purpose, our likes and dislikes, our habits and addictions, and our surroundings, All of this defines our identity, our persona, our ego. We believe “this is me” even though this “me” is in a constant state of change, minute by minute, day by day, year by year. The truth is, our true identity is deeper and far more abiding.

We are also connected to another state of consciousness all the time, a 4th state. In the yoga science it is called Turiya. In western terms it’s referred to as the Superconscious. For all extensive purposes, in the hustle and bustle of life, we barely know this state. Most of us have either tuned it out, or have not familiarized ourselves very deeply with the abode of our inner being, our spiritual realm. For that to occur we have to be relaxed and in tune with bodily sensations and breath; in other words, some form of meditation. Then the mind stills and we can experience the wakeful awareness of our inner Being, the realm of grace or Turiya.

Tyrya is pure consciousness, our true unchanging nature. Turiya is the background that underlies and transcends the three common states of consciousness; waking, dreaming, and dreamless sleep. Consciousness enlivens life and is the very essence of a human being. It ’s the non judging, inner “witness”, who is aware of all that we think, say, feel and do. Without conscious awareness, who would be reading these words right now?

Turya or pure consciousness is described in Sanskrit as “Satchitananada”. Sat = truth, chit = consciousness, ananda = bliss. It is said to be eternally unchanging and ecstatically blissful. Re-connecting with Turiya, even to a small degree, can ground a person in the safety and security of the higher Self and can turn an ordinary person into a natural mystic. Someone engaging in deeper and higher frequencies within, channels joy, compassion, unconditional love, true power, grace and peace into outer life.

This is the symbol for the bija mantra OM or AUM. It represents the 4 states of consciousness.

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