Bhagavan, what is the difference between Awakening and the Awakened State?
Answer: The Awakened State is like different seasons, which come and go. But Awakening has something to do with the brain chemistry and physiology.
For eg. If you eat lots of rice, you will feel lethargic and sleepy. This is because of the secretion of a certain chemical called dopamine. Similar thing happens when you consume alcohol or drugs, or sex etc. Alcohol and drugs also triggers the release of certain chemicals like these because of which you experience those altered states. These Experiences will give you some nice feelings but it is TEMPORARY, don’t forget that this is also an ESCAPE ROUTE which you are using to escape to see what is within… that is why many go for drinks, drugs, sex and all sorts of pleasure, but it is TEMPORARY & of course, they have its own side-effects, you can continue if you wish to, but then you must also be ready to face the consequences of the side-effects which comes along with it.
The problem is that man is suffering. Buddha had said that ‘ All Existence is Suffering’ , meaning that all that is existing is suffering. Oneness also says the same thing, that ‘ All Existence is Suffering’, but the context here is different. When we say all existence is suffering, we mean that, If you feel that you exist, there is suffering ! When the other comes into existence, there is separateness and this leads to feelings such as fear, anxiety, worry etc. There are the three kinds of suffering – Physical, Psychological and existential. The Primordial Suffering is that of Separateness and humanity wants to come out of this primordial suffering. To end this sense of separateness, man has created many routes like getting married, begetting children, job, alcohol, sex, drugs etc. But the problem is that alcohol, sex, drugs, apart from costing you money can give you only temporary states. When the states come through alcohol, drugs, sex etc, there is a change in the brain chemistry, because of which the sense of separateness vanishes. However, the altered states that you experience through these means are not permanent.
Awakening is a change in the brain physiology. It’s a neurobiological process, where the frontal lobes, which are like antenna to God, are activated and the parietal lobes are deactivated.
Now, what you should do is, anchor you awakened state to either the padukas, or Srimurthy or to the moolamantra, during the super process. If you couldn’t do it during the super process, attend the super process again and keep attending it until you are able to anchor you awakened state . You can take a photo of the padukas or the Srimurthy, for visual anchoring. Anchor the state through either sight or sound or smell and then use these means to get back that state later. Anchoring should be such that when you see a picture of the Srimurthy or the padukas od listen to the moolamantra or smell agarbatti(Incense stick) , you get back to that Awakened state. Continue this for 4-6 months. If you do this, the brain physiology will change and this change will be permanent!!