Vishwaroopam -Turiya States of Yoga
The scriptures of Bhagavad Gita, The Song of God, the essence of Consciousness in Hinduism, was born on the battlefield of Mahabharath in the discourse of Arjuna with his charioteer, Lord Krishna. Arjuna keeps asking Lord Krishna questions about life, death and wisdom. Lord Krishna rewards Arjuna’s seeking by giving him the Vishwaroopa vision – the ultimate blessings of enlightenment.
Vishwaroopam is the depiction of GOD as seen by Arjuna when Lord Krishna revealed Himself to him. Vishwaroopam is the ultimate vision of God as splendour of splendours, in innumerable forms, eyes, faces, mouths and arms as in Divinity, as human, and as all the living and representing the infinite universes. This experience is the fourth state of consciousness – Turiya. Sages express this state as the the sleepless sleep. For a Yogi this is a continual state of superconsciousness.
Turiya is the state of heightened inspiration, indomitable focus, infinite energy and blissful pristine mind amongst all the other extraordinary experiences of the moment.
Turiya is the awake state of mind that ‘enlightened’ Beings experience.
This is the moment when we are literally, the many as One. The depiction of Arjuna’s experience of visualizing GOD as the multidimensional, multifaceted, infinite finite is Vishwaroopa – the blessed state of mind.
Attainment of turiya is mastery of Consciousness – the gift of yoga, meditation and any form of practice that takes us within.
I share my story to offer a better understanding of Turiya.
As a seeker, aged 27, I was seeking nectars of truth and grace to find my ‘whole’. I went searching for Masters who could guide me. One of my Masters was Guru Ayya, who thoroughly intrigued me.
He was meditating in his cave on the peak of Arunachala mountain. He never moved, never slept, never ate – he only drank a small cup of milk and herbs.
Every morning at 6am his helpers would open up the entrance to his cave. For two hours he entertained all who came to seek him.
Pilgrims at his cave would walk around reciting his mantra to receive Guru Ayya’s blessings. Guru Ayya’s helpers would announce – “There is no need to communicate with Guru Ayya. He understands your every thought. As you recite the mantra walking around, pray and seek what you want. It will come true. ”
Reciting the mantra in Guru Ayya’s presence was an empowering experience, as we truly felt Ayya in presence and within our breath. Later, after about 2 hours of Guru Ayya having shared his presence with his seekers, the helpers would close the entrance of the cave with sticks and thorn bushes. Guru Ayya would delve back into himself, happy in his ‘solitude’.
My question at that time was – So what is the amazing thing Guru Ayya is doing that he does not want human company, is able to go within into himself entirely beyond even sleep, hunger, heat or cold? What is the enormous joyful activity he is indulging in that allows him the grace of stillness, focus and discipline to meditate and Be?
I would climb up the mountain top to be with Guru Ayya as often as I could. Each time, in the presence of Guru Ayya, I felt my mind transforming and allowing me my own grace of stillness rise from the core.
There were nights when I would meditate outside Guru Ayya’s enclosure, in proximity near him. Listening to his awesome states of ecstasy as he sang and sometimes conversed with ethereal Beings aloud throughout the night, made me understand this realm of ecstasy. I realized that I was absorbing within me, the presence of Guru Ayya through my inner journey.
Inside the core of myself, I felt the fires of the mantras converge in states of joy. Inside this core was a Dance where I was the dancer, observer of the dance and the observed who was dancing.
It was absorbing all other thoughts including my emotions, my worries and thoughts of hunger. Within this core of bliss, dance and peace, I felt I was incubating my own thoughts into wisdom.
What surprised me was my own ‘discipline’ that was happening to me on its own accord – like waking up each morning at 5 am no matter how late I slept – so I could connect to Source by way of yoga, meditation and puja to fulfill my joyous states. It was during my annual Mahasivratri time when I set my pilgrimage into myself by fasting and focusing within for 14 days, that I realized the heightened states of Turiya – the sleepless sleep states that is mentioned by the Yogis.
Anyone can attain anywhere, the gift of the Turiya states, through their own inner journey.
Mind states of Turiya as “Spirit experiencing the human” is the depiction of the awakened mind of all Sages.
Looking into the wisdom of all Masters – Rumi, Gandhiji, Abraham Lincoln, Einstein, Plato & Ramana Maharishi as examples of the mind that attained Turiya and we now understand Turiya is attainable by all who seek it.
Einstein – “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. “
Abraham Lincoln – “Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.”
“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” – Rumi
Plato: “You cannot conceive The Many without The One.”
Gandhiji- “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world- that is the myth of the atomic age- as in being able to remake ourselves.”
Ramana Maharishi “Correcting oneself is correcting the whole world. The Sun is simply bright. It does not correct anyone. Because it shines, the whole world is full of light. Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world.”
Upon attainment of the super-conscious mind, wisdom flows from within. When the identity of our ego is dissolved, as the mind subdued, the source of thoughts is from beyond the mind. Sages attribute the higher thoughts to the Gurus and the grace of the Gurus. All Masters attribute their wisdom to the We, rather than from memory or their own mind.
The many heads and hands experienced is the We – the power of many as One – Vishwaroopa.
How is Turiya attained?
– Seek truth as a bee seeking nectars. The starting point of our spiritual journey is humility, the urge to transform, the need of grace and the fuel of divine love, bhakti.
– Seek the grace of a living Master. Crack our karmic imprinted mind by igniting our inner Guru. Books & learning helps, but having a living Guru/s saves time in awakening process. A Guru’s job is to dissolve our ignorance and open our inner door to allow the light of Source to shine by implanting, awakening and lighting our inner Guru.
– Seek the core of joy- the Inner Guru – within as the embryo to nurture and grow as our bliss-formed mind and body. Nurture this sacred fire within. Allow time in patience and inner patience for our Inner Guru to be the Guru i.e, In time our own innate wisdom will shine.
– Be the Dance with each breath from Source, to Source. When we celebrate our core within as the Dance of Unions with Source, we are gifted stillness that allows the I Am principle to work. The I Am principle is the knowing of ourselves as Divine, limitless and perfect. Sages of all cultures and religions point to God within as the ultimate destination point of the question, Who am I? Each breath, we propel ourselves toward Source to the whole that shines as the Sun. The Sun itself knows no darkness. It is the planets that experience days and nights.
– Transform each thought to wisdom from the core harmony within. Meditate and from the states free of emotions and thought patterns, seek wisdom to navigate realities.
Once a year, arises an opportune time to take a pilgrimage within: Mahasivratri. Feb 21st, 2020, Friday is World Yogi Day, the time vortex of the attainment of Turiya.
Yogis & enlightened Masters of India direct us to observe Mahasivratri as the time to seek our higher Self as enlightenment is attained in ease.
Start our pilgrimage within 14 days before on the full moon on Sunday Feb 9th, 2020.
During Mahasivratri, there is specific alignment of earth with the sun & the moon, the earth in its orbit with all the other planets and in alignment with other stars. Mahasivratri is mentioned by the Vedic scholars as one of the most important time to observe to worship Lord Siva, the Supreme Self within, the Yogi.
Once a year millions across India observe MahaSivratri, the night of the Yogi. This period of time is a vortex of enlightenment- the time to attain turiya. Observe the 14 days of inner journey by way of detoxing the mind and body by gentle fasting, nurturing the Soul through yoga & meditation, awakening grace of transformation through seeking wisdom, in indulging in the dance within and twirling in silence.
Each day through the 14 days, journey within to discover our mind in its limits and the freedom beyond the mind in its vast limitless experience of joy.
As Mahasivratri approaches, feel the attainments of yoga as in state of perpetual joy, pristine mind and infinite energies- nature of turiya states of the Yogi.
– Utilize this experience of turiya each day with discipline to attain more of it.
Summary of the yogic concept of Vishwaroopa-
- Pilgrimage within to attain our higher Self and master life.
- Know that we are the Many as One.
- Attaining states of Turiya, be the Yogi.
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Nandhiji www.nandhiji.com is a Siddha yogi, humanitarian and visionary, awakening humanity through mystic wisdom, community and service. He is an artist, ecstatic chant musician, author and teacher, representing the path of the Liberated. He lives in Los Angeles, where he shares the life-enhancing wisdom and teachings of the Siddhar sages, the liberated mystics of South India. Nandhiji was gifted with a childhood experience of the Divine when he was four years old. Later as a young adult, while leading an active family life, he was initiated through a death experience by his first Guru, and his journey into the mystical realm of the Siddhas as a yogi began. After years of seeking ‘wholeness’ through connection with the inner world, Nandhiji woke up to understand his highest purpose: to uplift humanity in consciousness. One of the fruits of his journey are offered in Mastery of Consciousness. Nandhiji says, “When we awaken the inner lamp, we liberate ourselves to the grace of our own wisdom, our Inner Guru, Consciousness!” Nandhiji envisions a humanity awake through yogic wisdom, enterprise and community.
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