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In this 75th dharana of Vigyana Bhairava Tantra Shiva says,

Moving from relative to absolute

Consciousness of the creation

Reach Shiva state

 

In this dharana, Shiva refers to the pure and absolute advaitic truth of Consciousness.

Consciousness means different things to different people at different times at different places. Some see this as body mind consciousness, some as emotional consciousness, some as whatever they perceive as a higher level consciousness, some as mindfulness,  some as awareness and some as mindlessness.

One can be in blissful awareness in sexual orgasm. One can also be in blissfully aware unawareness in a deep meditative consciousness. Is one better than the other? Who is to say? Surely, one is different from the other. It all depends on what one seeks.

If if it is mind body pleasure that one seeks, mindful sex would a good choice. If it is a blissful witnessing mode of disengagement, deep meditation is what may lead to that.   In Vigyana  Bhairava Tantra, Shiva talks about both, not recommending one or the other. Both are pathways to bliss. The experience of bliss in the two cases is not the same.   In the case of sex or any other mind body experiential pleasure, the experience is related to the person, time and place. It is relative. In the case of the disengaged witnessing state of bliss, it can be irrespective of person, time and place.

As Shankara says in Bhaja Govindam, the experiencer and the experienced merge with the experiencing. Subject, object and verb become congruent and one.   This is absolute Consciousness, reality that is always true, irrespective of time, place, person and situation.  There is oneness between who or what we see, us and the process of seeing.

Shankara calls it advaita, undifferentiated Consciousness. When we  experience this state we realize we are one with energy, that we are energy, not mind and body. What one calls this energy is irrelevant. It may be Shiva, Jesus, Holy spirit, Allah, Jehovah, Buddha, Jaina or whatever or whoever one believes in.  What matters is the experiencing of ourselves as energy.

Every one of Shiva’s 112 dharanas in Vigyana Bhairava Tantra can lead us to this state. These can be a direct application of Shiva’s tantras or their referred yoga applications such as yoga nidra, This dharana tells us why.

 

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