From Merging with Shiva
by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
AWARENESS AS A LOTUS FLOWER
Be That which never changes. Then what happens? When we become this
spiritual body and grasp that infinite intelligence of it, we're just
in a state of pure consciousness and we come into the clear white
light. We have a wonderful foundation, the only foundation necessary
for Self Realization -- at that point piercing the last veils of the
mind, for even light is mind, and consciousness is, of course, the
mind itself. And then we merge with the Self itself.
So, that is the path: experience, harnessing the reactions to
experience, becoming the body of the soul, merging that body with the
physical body after the instinctive and intellectual elements have
been harmonized, coming into the clear white light, and then the
realization of the Self. It's a beautiful path. It's a challenging
path, and it's the path that you're on....
See awareness as a lotus flower. The lotus flower goes through many,
many experiences.... See awareness as a lotus flower. First awareness
is a seed, and it's breaking out of the instinctive elements, the
hard shell of the seed. But it's living right within the seed. It is
dynamic life at that very time, tuned in with the central source of
energy. Then it breaks out and it becomes roots, and then awareness
becomes a stem, becomes conscious of water all around it. Finally,
the stem emerges above the water, and awareness has leaves and a bud.
It's still limited awareness, because it's not in its fullness. But
as that awareness expands, it opens up into a beautiful lotus flower,
then creates more seeds for more flowers. This is the path of
Become acquainted with the awareness, that one beautiful, pure
element of the soul, your superconscious body, which is easily found
and easily discovered by simply closing your eyes and opening them
and saying "I'm aware," not necessarily of what you are aware of.
Close your eyes. Say, "I am aware." Awareness is closely identified
to the realms of sight -- hearing, of course, too, but more
As awareness expands and as awareness contracts, we find that we have
power over awareness. It merely becomes a tool. The underlying power
of awareness is the blissful state of the spiritual body of man, pure
consciousness, the central source of all energies, in its blissful,
calm state. Meditate on awareness being like a lotus flower.