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In this last 112 th dharana and 138th Verse of Vigyana Bhairava Tantra, Shiva says

Mind, awareness, energy and Self

When all merge and dissolve

Shiva manifests 


When we study about koshas or sheaths and sareeras or bodies in Hindu scriptural writings, some of the energy bodies associated with the mind body stricture are: anna maya kosha or the gross physical body; prana maya kosha or the breath energy body; manonmaya kosha or emotional energy body; vigyana maya kosha or the super intelligent energy body; and finally ananda maya kosha or the realized energy body. In some contexts, there are more such bodies and sheaths as well.

Body mind is the lowest level of awareness. Mind itself has multiple attributes of conditioned ego, memory, senses and higher intelligence. At the higher intelligence of buddhi level, we can glimpse awareness of our true non dual Self. Prana, breath energy, both in tantra and yoga is the vehicle that sustains this mind body, and when managed appropriately leads us to the non dual state of awareness.

When the multiple dualities of these attributes of mind and body merge and dissolve into atman, the infinite Self, we truly become aware. At each level of body, mind, prana energy, emotional energy, and thought energy we need to create the awareness that their functions are creations of the Self. While the Self itself is unchanging, the energy of maya causes changes in perception to allow us to cope with worldly realities. Maya has a genuine function. Without maya we cannot exist. However, we can become aware that we are affected by maya and keep checking with awareness how we interact with the world and disengage constantly.

The disengagement is needed because nothing in this world is permanent. We all perish. Every single thing around us changes and eventually perishes. So, why get engaged?

Ramana Maharishi’s Self Inquiry is the path to non duality. Constantly keep inquiring as to where thought, emotions and actions arise from. If it is the senses, what is behind the senses? If then the mind what then behind the mind? If energy behind the mind, what is that energy? What operates that energy? There is no answer to this from another person. Your answer needs to come from within you. Your answer will jot be the same even as that of your guru. Your atman is a holographic piece of the eternal Brahman, and yet different from all other creations of the same Brahman. This is the source of the duality and also its answer and solution.

I am closing my commentaries on Vigyana Bhairava Tantra with this last dharana. It is a very limited offering, often incomplete. The sources I refer to, from Osho, to Joo and Satyasanagananda Saraswati, have been sources of great knowledge. Errors in transmission are mine alone. The purpose of this commentary is to demystify Shiva. The tools he offers in Vigyana Bhairava Tantra allow us to glimpse his wisdom. I bow down to his divine wisdom.

The graphic of Krishna with Shiva to close is deliberate. They are not different. They are the same consciousness. Shiva consciousness is Krishna consciousness. Those who treat them as separate entities fall into the intellectual trap of duality. They need to evolve into non dual advaithic awareness and consciousness.