The saints have often exemplified their capacity
to remain undeterred in a variety of disturbing
situations. This state of equanimity amidst
different tormenting circumstances is held in
high esteem in Bhagavad Gita.
I failed to appreciate and admire and aspire for
a state of mind akin to endogenous depression,
total surrender to situation and/or indifference.
Now it is becoming clear that the state held so
high is not a state of depression, surrender, or
indifference. It is the state where one has risen
above the deceptive/disturbing influences of
one’s perceptions resulting from general and
special senses, endocrine and neuroendocrine
systems, autonomic nervous system, and limbic
system. This is called VIDEHI AWASTHAA
(trans-physical, trans-physiological and trans-
psychological) state of consciousness.
This state is a state when the individual appears
to be unaffected and hence unresponsive in
every possible way. The smile on his/her face
But even as it is true that he/she does not get
affected as an individual (because of having
risen above petty interests and superficial
considerations), he/she does interact with a
situation in a trans-physical, trans-physiological
and trans-psychological way. But because the
vehicle or the medium through which it gets
manifested is human body, this interaction can
be in the form of articulation e.g. Gita or
In any case and in any form it is the cosmic
wisdom that manifests through him or her!
In many instances the actions are not at all
apparent in any form and hence called mystical.
It is not wonder that a vast majority of even
otherwise kind hearted and/or brilliant people
can not experience or appreciate this state of
existence and hence ridicule even a reference
made to it.
The point I learned and wish to share, here; is
cosmic consciousness and its manifestations are
infinite and subtle (and many times beyond
one’s capacity during different developmental
stages; to appreciate, admire or aspire for).
The unconditioned happiness is also infinite,
subtle and a hallmark of evolved consciousness
and not of indolence or ignorance!
DR. SHRINIWAS KASHALIKAR