This is a somewhat longer read than usual,
but potentially clarifies the muddy waters
of our understanding about transferring from
the concept of the individual to the Cosmic Self
It is by Swami Krishnananda, one of Swami Sivananda's
The ocean is not a total of many drops. It is
an integrated, undivided mass in which the apparently
divided drops lose themselves. We should not imagine
that the Cosmic Mind is made up of many individual
minds. There is no many-ness there; it is indivisible.
Now, how would we manage to contemplate within
ourselves the indivisibility of a cosmical operation
through the mind, which apparently appears to be
locked up within our body? In one of the sutras of
Patanjali, a prescription is given. The trouble is
that we always insist that the mind is inside the
body only. The Cosmic Mind being the substance of the
individual mind, it is the substance of everyone's
In the beginning stages, this difficult process of
transferring the individual mind to the cosmic stuff
can be attempted by a simple prescription of Patanjali,
which he describes in one sutra: bahih akalpita
vrittih mahavideha tatah prakasa avarnaksayah (3.44).
Transfer your mind to that which is not you, so that
the conflict between not you and you ceases, to a
large extent. Think through the mind of that which
the mind is cognising, or the eyes are beholding. It
is not actually a thinking; it is a transference of
the whole personality itself.
Many people put a question whether this transference
of oneself to a larger dimension is a thought process,
imagination, or intellectual activity. It is none of
these things. It is the transference of the whole
being itself. For instance, when you know that you
are existing, this knowledge that you are existing
is not intellectual appreciation; you are not just
intellectually concluding that you are existing. You
are not just feeling emotionally that you are existing.
You are not volitionally asserting that you are existing.
You just exist, and there is no question about the way
in which you know that you are existing.
This is what is known as being. It is known only
by experience. You know that you are a being, which
you know by a faculty which is being itself. It is
this being total that gets transferred into the being
of that which you consider as different from yourself,
so that the dimension of your being gets expanded,
by a modicum at least, into the dimension of that
which you originally thought to be different from
Let the mind go out of yourself and transfer itself.
Here again, do not use the word `mind'. The whole
being is transferred. You are there, which you have
been beholding with the eyes, or which you have been
thinking in your mind. A difficulty in this is that
you require tremendous will power to feel that you
are another thing. Balesu hasti baladini (3.25) is
one sutra: Elephantine strength comes by deeply
transferring yourself to the elephant. You are not
imagining that you are the elephant; the whole potency
which arises out of the structure of the elephantine
body enters into you. It becomes one with you.
Samadhi is only a word that we use for this kind
of union of the reality of another thing with the
reality of your own self. Samadhi is not actually
a union of two different things. If they are two
different things, then it cannot be called a union.
It is becoming one. When two drops of water are mixed
together, there is only one drop left. You do not have
two drops. It is not like one stick and another stick
coming together as two sticks. Two drops of water
become one drop, only. Like that, when your being is
united with the being of another, there is only one
being, and not two beings coming together. But that
being is larger in its dimension because the finitude
of your so-called individual being is, to some extent,
eliminated by the addition of the being of another,
which you earlier thought was different from you.
This technique can be applied to anything in the world,
but you must be very sincere in this practice. You
should not feel that it may come or not. It must come.
The Cosmic Mind is not your imagination; it is the
thing which existed prior to the manifestation of your
individuality, and exists even now as a transcendent
element which controls the operation of your individual mind.
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