Knowing the Self is the greatest study one can embark upon.
It essentially involves relation of I, with world and GOD.
Into atma and anatma.
We will start with anatma - easy and tangible to understand.
It deals world we see and experience.
It can further be divided into – Microworld- Vyshti and Macroworld – samashti
States of Mind
Condition- Nature- Dominant medium
Nature- Waking state- Mind is fully functional. All faculties are functioning – the emotional, rational, thinking, ego and memory.
Self identifies with the physical body (Sthula Sharira)
Medium or tool-This is a sense-organ based experience. And, to use the sense organs, we require a physical body, so self identifies with the physical body
Nature- we experience a world which is external to ourselves, our body-mind complex. it is a concrete tangible world.It is available for all other people also. is an objective experience. Consistent and continuous
This experience is sense-organ based
Self identifies with the mind only, but note physical body is required
Memory faculty alone is functioning.
Like a VCP, to replays various combinations from memory
No new experience is possible
Full-fledged, but internal- others can’t see
Not always rational
How much we like to believe - we will never have a dream of a thing which we have never experienced.
Suppressed Vasanas or imprints spring up in dream often- Jung, sometimes even memories from previous janma can spring up
Non-continuous and inconsistent
No dreams also occur as part of the sleep cycle.
Here self identifies with Causal body or Karana Sharira
In this state – I know Nothing- No external experiences, no memory – BLISSFUL IGNORANCE.
No experiences- but Small amount of ego runs through
So when woken up – I Say “I SLEPT WELL”
Self runs through all experiences like thread in garland
Even in waking state, there are many layers like emotions anger, sad, joy etc
Spiritual exercise is to recognise these are part and not I
Source: Swami Paramarthananda Talks