Namaskar, welcome to Session 7 of the Layers of the Mind course.
Beyond the deepest layer of the mind is nothing but the pure Cosmic Consciousness — the essence of all layers of mind; the ultimate existence; the complete awareness of infinite happiness — bliss. It’s here that the sense of individual existence completely merges with the infinite Cosmic existence — just as a river merges with the sea — and becomes one with the deepest layer of the Cosmic ocean — serene and still, only the total experience of Cosmic bliss remains.
Those that have experienced this state have been powerless to describe it to others, because it’s completely beyond the mind. It cannot even be thought of, let alone expressed in words. Ramakrsna, a yogic master who lived in the 19th century, used to slip in and out of this state all the time. When asked to describe it he had no choice but to remain silent.
After a long evolutionary journey the individual mind finally attains the complete experience of the Infinite: the merger of one’s limited “I”-feeling in the infinite and eternal Cosmic “I”-feeling: the Cosmic bliss. We feel hesitant to dive into that ocean of bliss because we don’t want to sacrifice our individual sense of existence. We don’t realize that we would gain something far greater in return. Once a worldly man went to visit a saint who lived by himself in a cave. The man remarked to the saint that he had sacrificed a lot living the way he did. The saint replied, “On the contrary, it is you who has sacrificed. Before you came I was enjoying the company of my Beloved.”
This is self-realization; the attainment of our deepest desire: complete identity with the Cosmic Self.
“The attainment of one’s inner self is only possible through love for the Infinite… Fill your heart with love of the Infinite, and your soul will be transformed into the Supreme Soul. No worldly happiness is limitless. Dedicate yourself completely to the blissful ocean of the Supreme Soul. Then alone will you realize what happiness really is.”
Shrii Shrii Anandamurti