IF we are just consciousness, Then why does someone if hit in the head loses consciousness?? Doesn’t this suggest that consciousness something physical aspect of brain?and what happens when people go into comma..they are still alive but have no consciousness and sometimes after 10-15 years regain it. Can an enlightened person never go into comma?
We are not consciousness – we are the one who choose to be or dragged into a particular state of consciousness. Although till a soul goes beyond the cosmic consciousness (which happens when it leaves the body) there is always a possibility of its being dragged to unconsciousness anytime. The consciousness is not static phenomenon.. its like a filter or curtain through which the soul experiences the world. It has infinite levels, shades, grades or whatever word for categorization you may like to use. While being in this body – the state of consciousness depends on many factors which are related to the forces & patterns of mind-body functioning however the interesting thing about it is that we can change its quality (or level) by exercising our will coupled with practice. Your consciousness is different while experiencing OBE & NDEs and Samadhi.
Before we consider the event of coma where person assumes any of the seven consciousness (broad categorization it is though) depending upon his preparedness and capacity; lets consider another state of experiencing i.e. phase of dreamless sleep? Here also you can question – whether enlightened person sleeps or not? The answer is Yes and No – It is possible for a sadhaka to train his consciousness to not get modulated in the vibrations of sleep-consciousness if he chooses to. Arujna and Lakshmana are the examples from scriptures. Yet a normally a sadhaka or siddha can very well enjoy his/her sleep and cut himself from outer world but he is always aware – aware within. This awareness is the consciousness.
One very important thing to keep in mind is that some states of consciousness are not linked to memory.. for example sleep consciousness is not and so is cosmic consciousness. May be it will be clearer if I give you two different examples – one, you slip in to sleep-consciousness and come out of it. If someone asks you what happened in the sleep – you may not remember. All you remember are the points in time-scale of beginning and end of it. You will still have some words to describe the experience of sleep – You may say ‘it was peaceful’, ‘it was undisturbed’ etc. however not beyond that. In the same way when you enter into state of ‘nirbeej samadhi’ – which corresponds to cosmic consciousness you shall not bring back the memories from this time-slot. It is this state where one witnesses the cosmic creator – the shakti – aadya or brahm and thats the reason no one has ever been able to define that experience in words. All the scriptures, Vedas, puranas and thousands of books in many other religions are futile attempt to define the experience of that ‘flash’ where the experiencer is lost. In fact experiences is not lost – the memory does.
English language has no exact/equivalent words for thousands of Sanskrit words. Spiritual scientists from Vedic era and orient who are the teachers of this science to the world use very different words. Like Man, Ahankaar, Medha, Chitta, Vritti, Guru, Anand, chit-shakti, argala, deeksha, shaktipaat, purashcharan, viniyog, brahm, nadis, uchchaatan, pratyay, nyaas, samaadhi etc.. to name a few. Western language doesn’t know all this and they continue to use the nearest possible substitute – ‘consciousness’ too falls in this category.
For most of the people the term consciousness is used mostly (mistakenly) as a misnomer for state of being able to respond. In fact in your question word ‘consciousness’ is being used for “chetna” whereas consciousness would mean – the covering of reincarnating ego which is behind all these layers of mind. It is the one which enjoys and suffers. Yes! if you are referring to that entity as consciousness (which you are not i know!) then it is consciousness. Many things are just experienced – How would you define ‘Life’ or jeevan?
Ajay, Till the time we stays in body – our outer experiences are dependent on body and senses. The enlightened or not everyone is the prisoner of this cage – the mind-body complex. The complex which is an active block of dynamic energies – many layers.. but beyond only we truly exist. In your way to be able to experience ‘answers’ wont help – but the practices, sadhana will. If you have chosen a path, a Master follow him and he should be able to take you to that experience. If you ask me, I will say TSV practices can definitely help you. Actually when you train yourself in freeing from bodily senses then you becomes capable of experiencing many higher states of consciousness.
This question is too deep and I will speak more about it sometime. That is to be done on my part. Your part – You need to take first step. START the journey.
– Ach. Agyaatdarshan Anand Nath