Unclouded Consciousness – In Gita Verse 5.17 When one’s intelligence, mind, faith and refuge are all ﬁxed in the Supreme, then one becomes fully cleansed of misgivings through complete knowledge and thus proceeds straight on the path of liberation.
When Krishna says that the person becomes unclouded when – one’s intelligence, mind, faith and refuge are all ﬁxed in the Supreme. Your clouded consciousness is misgivings and your unclouded consciousness cleans your misgivings.
In my blog Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.53 I wrote Enlightenment is a simple realization that everything is as it should be. Enlightenment simply means an experience of your consciousness unclouded by thoughts, emotions, sentiments.
Enlightenment is to be in tune with existence.
To be in tune with nature – the very nature of things – is enlightenment. Against nature there is only misery – and misery created by yourself. Nobody else is responsible for it.
It will be difficult to logically understand it. It is something to be experienced. The moment you found the ego evaporating from you, you will not feel part of the universe, but the universe itself. And yes, you will find many moments when you are bigger than the universe – because you can see the stars moving within you, the sunrise happening within you, all the flowers blossoming within you.
The day you realize yourself, your very being becomes love. It is no longer a relationship, it is no longer addressed to anyone in particular; it is simply overflowing in all directions and all dimensions. And it is not something on my part, that I am doing it. Love cannot be done. And the love that is done is false; it is only pretension…. It is just my heartbeat, my love is my life; nobody is excluded from it. It is so comprehensive that it can contain the whole universe…you too.
Is the process of enlightenment the same for everyone?
Enlightenment is a very individual process. Because of its individuality, it has created many problems. First: there are no fixed stages through which a person necessarily passes. Every person passes through different phases, because every person in many lives has gathered different kinds of conditionings. So it is not the question of enlightenment. It is the question of the conditionings that will make your way. And everybody has different conditionings, so no two persons’ paths are going to be the same. That’s why there is no superhighway; there are only footpaths. And that too, not ready-made, not that you find them already there and you have just to walk on them—no. As you walk you make them, your very walking makes them.
It is said that the path of enlightenment is like a bird flying in the sky: it leaves no footprints behind it, nobody can follow the footprints of the bird. Every bird will have to make its own footprints, but they disappear immediately as the bird goes on flying. The similar is the situation, that’s why there is no possibility of a leader and a follower.
So what happened to me is not necessary for anybody else to pass through. It is possible that one may remain normal and suddenly become enlightened.
It is like here there are fifty people: if we all go to sleep, everybody will have his own dream; you can’t have a common dream. That is an impossibility. There is no way to create a common dream. Your dream will be yours, my dream will be mine, and we will be in different places, in different dreams. And when we will wake up, I may wake up at a certain stage in my dream, you may wake up at a certain stage in your dream. How they can be the same?
Enlightenment is nothing but awakening. For the enlightened person, all our lives are just dreams. They may be good dreams, they may be bad dreams; they may be nightmares, they may be very nice and beautiful dreams, but all the same they are dreams.
You can wake up at any moment. That is always your potentiality. Sometimes you may an effort to wake up, and you find that it is difficult. You may have had dreams in which you are trying to shout but you cannot shout. You want to wake up and get out of the bed, but you cannot, your whole body is paralyzed, as if.
But in the morning you wake up and you simply laugh at the whole thing, but at the moment when it was happening, it was not a thing to laugh at. It was really serious. Your whole body was almost dead, you could not move your hands, you could not speak, you could not open your eyes. You knew that, now you are finished. But in the morning, you simply don’t pay any attention to it, you don’t even reconsider it, what it was. Just knowing that it was a dream, it becomes meaningless. And you are awake, then whether the dreams were good or bad does not matter.
The same is the situation about enlightenment. All the methods that are being used are simply somehow to create a situation in which your dream is broken. How much you are attached with the dream will be different, individual to individual. How deep is your sleep will be different, individual to individual. But all methods are just to shake you so that you can wake up. At what point you will wake up does not matter at all.
So my breakdown and breakthrough is not going to be for everybody. It happened that way to me. There were reasons why it happened that way.
Krishna is giving direction through various ways. Through various ways he just guides us to be Self-Conscious, Awareness.