'Text-days' are for delving into the words and theory of Advaita Vedanta.
We are now studying Aatmabodha. As always, with each week, you are encouraged to review the previous teachings and spend some time in contemplation of the meanings as the affect your life. Please do consider purchasing the text. Remember, also, to recite the mangala charana before each study and review the lessons before each new one.
The text now moves the student up a notch and advises of the state which, if one is dedicated, can be attained.
êpv[aRidk< svR< ivhay prmawRivt!,
Ruupa-varnaadikam sarvam vihaaya paramaarthavit,
He who has realised the Supreme, discards all his identifications with the objects of names and forms. Thereafter, he dwells as an embodiment of the Infinite Consciousness and Bliss.
In short, such a practitioner becomes the Self. The way to this level has been explained; single-pointed meditation. Constant and dedicated practice, without compromise or justification. At that point, we are told, where Realisation is the seeker's (paramaarthavit), all the illusion of Maya, the world of plurality, fades from perception and the Truth of Unity unfolds.
This merging of the world of forms and the names given to them results in the one who is doing the knowing to become that very Knowledge, the Supreme Self, which is always referred to as Infinite Consciousness and Bliss. Just as the dreamer ceases to be the dreamer upon waking, but becomes instead the waking actor, so it is that the one who Realises Unity now understands all else to be false, just as the dream was false. This is the consistent message of those who have walked the path before us. The ego dissolves.
What is more, having attained this state, that Self, whilst still attached through a physical body, must see out the praarabdha, the destiny of that body, but will do so now in the altered state of consciousness. No more can the world affect such a perfected one.
The next shloka will explore this further. We will not rush through these, for there is much to consider and absorb. Do not just read these words and think, 'right, just as I will never climb Everest, neither will I scale the Self' - no! Think instead, 'this message is constantly and consistently delivered, therefore perhaps there is something to search for and even if not found in this life, the journey towards it can only be of benefit.' There is a name given to this advanced level of being-ness; inivRkLp smaix/ nirvikalpa samaadhi. It is a state of full awareness without thought, though there is an awareness by the jnaani of 'presence', abhaava vRtti - kernel of thought of awareness. It is present in the jnaani the way that salt is present even when dissolved in water.
These are subtle matters. Ponder them well.