"My body became immovably rooted; breath was drawn out of my lungs as
if by some huge magnet. Soul and mind instantly lost their physcial
bondage and streamed out like a fluid-piercing light from my every pore.
The flesh was as though dead; yet in my intense awareness I knew that
never before had I been fully alive. My sense of identity was no longer
narrowly confined to a body but embraced the circumambient atoms. People
on distant streets seemed to be moving gently over my own remote
periphery. The roots of plants and trees appeared through a dim
transparency of the soil; I discerned the inward flow of their sap.
"The whole vicinity lay bare before me. My ordinary frontal vision was
now changed to a vast spherical sight, simultaneously all-perceptive.
Through the back of my head I saw men strolling far down Rai Ghat Lane,
and noticed also a white cow leisurely approaching. When she reached the
open ashram gate, I observed her as though with my two physical eyes.
After she had passed behind the brick wall of the courtyard, I saw her
"All objects within my panoramic gaze trembled and vibrated like quick
motion pictures. My body, Master's, the pillared courtyard, the
furniture and floor, the trees and sunshine, occasionally became
violently agitated, until all melted into a luminescent sea; even as
sugar crystals, thrown into a glass of water, dissolve after being
shaken. The unifying light alternated with materializations of form, the
metamorphoses revealing the law of cause and effect in creation.
"An oceanic joy broke upon calm endless shores of my soul. The Spirit
of God, I realized, is exhaustless Bliss; His body is countless tissues
of light. A swelling glory within me began to envelop towns, continents,
the earth, solar and stellar systems, tenuous nebulae, and floating
universes. The entire cosmos, gently luminous, like a city seen afar at
night, glimmered within the infinitude of my being. The dazzling light
beyond the sharply etched global outlines faded slightly at the farthest
edges; there I saw a mellow radiance, ever undiminished. It was
indescribably subtle; the planetary pictures were formed of a grosser
"The divine dispersion of rays poured from an Eternal Source, blazing
galaxies, transfigured with ineffable auras. Again and again I saw the
creative beams condense into constellations, then resolve into sheets of
transparent flame. By rhythmic reversion, sextillion worlds passed into
diaphanous luster, then fire became firmament.
"I cognized the center of the empyrean as a point of intuitive
perception in my heart. Irradiating splender issued from my nucleus to
every part of the universal structure. Blissful AMRITA, nectar of
immortality, pulsated through me with a quicksilverlike fluidity. The
creative voice of God I heard resounding as AUM, the vibration of the
"Suddenly, the breath returned to my lungs. With a disappointment
almost unbearable, I realized that my infinite immensity was lost. Once
more I was limited to the humiliating cage of a body, not easily
accommodative to the Spirit. Like a prodigal child, I had run away from
my macrocosmic home and had imprisoned myself in a narrow microcosm."
Source : Internet
Yogananda describing his first experience of Cosmic Consciousness
in his classic book "
Autobiography of a Yogi". ( Yoganada says in his teaching - letters
that his teachings are based on the knowledge of Pantanjali and the Apocalypse of John .)
Sri Aurobindo describes similar cosmic experiences of very progressed
disciples in his work "The Life Divine", (Book II-26,27 )
and further :
I have wrapped the wide world in my wider self
And Time and Space my spirit's seeing are.
I am the god and demon, ghost and elf,
I am the wind's speed and the blazing star.
All Nature is the nursling of my care,
I am its struggle and the eternal rest ;
The world's joy thrilling runs through me, I bear
The sorrow of millions in my lonely breast.
I have learned a close identity with all,
Yet am by nothing bound that I become ;
Carrying in me the universe's call
I mount to my imperishable home.
I pass beyond Time and life on measureless wings,
Yet still am one with born and unborn things.
Sri Aurobindo in
"To the enlightened man whose consciousness embraces the universe, to him the universe
becomes his "body", while the physical body becomes a manifestation of the Universal Mind, his
inner vision an expression of the highest reality, and his speech an expression of eternal
truth and mantric power"
Lama Anagarika Govinda; Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism3 ; (Capra 1975, 305)
"In the Vedas we read of It as Soma Ras, which granted Cosmic Awareness or Universal
Consciousness to the Rishis and the Munis who partook of It in ages long ago."
Kirpal Sing in "
NAAM or the Word" on
Amrita, and further on page 167 :
" This return of the soul to the realization of its true nature
, and the ascend into the universal or cosmic
consciousness behind limits of limitidness, is the true resurrection
or the experience of a new birth and of a new life."
A part of infinite Consciousness becomes our own finite consciousness, with
powers of discrimination and definition and with false conceptions.
He is in truth, Prajapati and Vishva, the Source of Creation and the Universal
in us all. This Spirit is consciousness and gives consciousness to the body.
He is the driver of the chariot.
Krishna Yajur Veda,
Maitri Upanishad 2.5. UPM, 99
"...the body, the earth, the stars, the galaxies melted into a big unity -
and i was a part of this unity.
Unlimited and timeless my consciousness hovered in a pulsating eternity",
wrote the french mystician
who 1999 died at the age of 92 years.
It should be recalled that the special characteristic of the disciple on the 'variable
Cross' is the self-confidence, and that most of the disciples at the 'fixed cross' become quickly groupconscious,
if the lived experiences are properly assimilated, and that the master at the 'Cardinal Cross' differs by
a universal consciousness, which finally passes into the cosmic consciousness, a state of
of being, which is unknown even in the wildest flights of your imagination.
A.A. Bailey :
Seven Rays 5, pg. 692