Spirit originally existed as Experience
before dawn of creation.
Nothing else existed but Spirit.
Experience alone was.
Whole, Undivided, One without a second.
Riding on Spirit was Nature – the principle of creation.
The potential to create division as it were.....
This potential for creating diversity
was neither different from Spirit
nor non-different from it.
Spirit, with the agency of Nature,
Became the source
for all that moved or breathed in creation.
Eyes experienced colour
Ears experienced sound
mind experienced cognitions., feelings, and thoughts.
In the light of the Spirit Experience.
Sense organs and Mind came together
to experience and enjoy
the beautiful fragrant red rose. Aha!
Eyes, ears and mind gathered perceptual experience.
Perceptual experience was
Direct, Immediate, Here and Now.
Mind contemplated on the falling apple
For hours, days, months and years
And inferred the pull of gravity
Attracting all apples towards the centre of the earth. Aha!
The reflective Mind gleaned inferential knowledge
Based on what was seen, heard, and felt.
Inferential knowledge was the experience of understanding -
This Experience of knowing was Indirect,
not necessarily connected to the Here and Now.
The Mind gathered collective wisdom
Through books, teachers, and guides.
The learning mind learnt about
history of the universe,
earth, stars and planets,
science, arts and craft. Aha!
The informed Mind became a library of knowledge
Of things experienced or visualized by others
Experiencing the same in the mind’s eye
By proxy, indirectly, away from the Here and Now.
Indirect knowledge substituted for direct experience.
The Mind then set out to experience Spirit –
The Experience behind all experiences.
The more it tried, the more it failed,
For mind was designed to gather experiences
That rode on the Spirit Experience
Whereas the Spirit Experience does not ride.
The truth was that the Mind experience itself
was riding on Spirit Experience.
Spirit Experience was not an object of the Mind.
Rather it was the Mind of the Mind,
Eye of the Eye,
And Breath of the Breath.
All experiences, objects and events
Rode on the Spirit experience
And Spirit Experience went beyond the experiences -
whether perceptual, inferential and informational.
How then was Spirit Experience experienced?
Spirit needed no means of experiencing – direct or indirect.
Like the Sun tht requires no light to illumine itself,
Spirit did not depend on any means of experiencing.
Just as the Sun is never in darkness,
Spirit was never away from experience.
Experience experienced itself
Because it was nothing but experience....
Direct, Eternal, Here and Now.
The experience of Spirit
was the basis on which every experience rode.
Spirit Experience manifested as multiple experiences –
i.e. Mind experience, Object experience, and Knowing experience.
experiences that were manifestations of
The Spirit Experience
was self evident, self known, self experienced,
beyond processes like knowing and unknowing, experience and non-experience.
The Mind, getting frustrated
in trying to know and experience the Spirit
Surrendered to the Teacher and begged for enlightenment.
The Teacher smiled at Mind
And simply said –
That Thou Art.
The Mind realised the Spirit
As the Mind of the mind,
Eye of the eye,
And Breath of the breath.
Spirit was The experience of the experience,
Ever experienced, never away from experience.
The Mind in wonder, said
That was the joy of realization.
Direct, Immediate. Here and Now.
The experience of understanding
The experience of recognition,
Eureka! "That Experience am I"
The "Aha" experience.
The Aha Experience:
Experience of Self
Competency for Vedanta
Reap what you Sow