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What is Cosmic Consciousness ? Ultimate Goal Of Every Human Being

“As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…” – Hermes Trismegistus

During period of our entire history many people from around the world have experienced something very extraordinary, mystical, spiritual and transformational experience of cosmic consciousness.

Lord Krishna, Lord Buddha, Lord Jesus, Lord Mohammed, Lord Zoroaster, Sant Kabir, Sant Nanak, Sant Tulsidas, Sant Ramdas, Sant Tukaram, Sant Ramanujacharya, Mira, Shri Arvind Ghosh, Ramana Maharshi, Dattatreya, Vama Deva, Mansoor, Hafez, Shams Tabriez, Madalasa  and many more great sant from India and all over the world had lived this concept and had experience of Cosmic Consciousness. Some of them reveal it through the language, poetry, megalithic stone carvings, classical dances and music that is indicative of their time and experience.

What is Cosmic Consciousness ?

It is a mystical divine experience with in which there exists a pure consciousness, non-duality of observer and observed, dissolution of individual in whole.  In addition to oneness, the defining features of this experience include feelings of supreme pleasure, divinity, truth, sacredness, immense peace, supreme bliss, contentment, causeless joy, a sense of transcending time and space, sense of another dimensions, Samadhi and an intuitive conviction that the experience is definitely an experience of supreme divine being, or God;  which is beyond words and explanation.

¨Cosmic consciousness, a consciousness of the life and order of the universe which is possessed by very few men at present. It is a further stage of human evolution which will be reached by all humanity in the future.”

Cosmic Consciousness is an ultra high state of illumination in the human Mind that is beyond that of "self-awareness," and "ego-awareness."  In the attainment of Cosmic Consciousness, the human Mind should enter in a state of realization instead of mere beliefs, a state of "I know," instead of "I believe." This state of Mind is beyond that of the sense reasoning in that it has attained an awareness of the Cosmos and its relation to being and a recognition of the Oneness in all things that is not easily shared with others who have not personally experienced this state of Mind.   The attainment of Cosmic illumination will cause an individual to seek solitude from the multitude, and isolation from the noisy world of mental pollution.

The term Cosmic Consciousness first become popular in west when a Canadian psychiatrist Richard Maurice Bucke wrote a book ¨Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind¨  in 1901.

In this book, he explored the concept of Cosmic Consciousness, which he defined as "a higher form of consciousness than that possessed by the ordinary man", he discerned three forms, or degrees, of consciousness:

  1. Simple consciousness, possessed by both animals and mankind.
  2. Self-consciousness, possessed by mankind, encompassing thought, reason, and imagination.
  3. Cosmic consciousness, which is "a higher form of consciousness than that possessed by the ordinary man" .

According to Bucke, this consciousness shows the Cosmos to consist not of dead matter governed by unconscious, rigid, and unintended law; it shows it on the contrary as entirely immaterial, entirely spiritual and entirely alive; it shows that death is an absurdity, that everyone and everything has eternal life; it shows that the universe is God and that God is the universe, and that no evil ever did or ever will enter into it; a great deal of this is, of course, from the point of view of self consciousness, absurd; it is nevertheless undoubtedly true.

Effect of Cosmic Consciousness

The effects of mystical cosmic consciousness experiences are of enormous value to both experiencers and whole humanity. On a personal level, this mystical experience leads positive changes in an experiencers personality, character, health and moral values.  And on a global scale, this mystical experiences lie at or near the foundation of religions generally and thus even of civilization itself. Indeed, the mystical roots of cosmic conscious experience reveal a deep human identity, transcending all national, religious, racial, personal, and theological differences. It is therefore vital to further our understanding of these important, transformative experiences.

The feeling of Jiva Hood vanishes in Cosmic Conscious experience, the little ego related ‘I' get melted. All sense of duality, differences, separateness get disappeared. There is no idea of time and space. There is only eternity. The ideas of caste, creed and colour get removed. He has the feeling of Apta-Kama (one who has obtained all that he desires). He feels, "There is nothing more to be known by me." He feels perfect awareness of superconscious plane of Knowledge and intuition. He knows the whole secret of Creation. He is Omniscient, Knower of all details of Creation.

Absolute egolessness, choicelessness, fearlessness, desirelessness, thoughtlessness, selflessness, mindlessness, anger-lessness, emptiness, hollowness, Zero becomes his characteristics. Brahmic aura around his body, light emitting from his body, diving shining and Tej on face, freedom from Harsha and Shoka are some of the signs that indicate that the man has reached the state of Cosmic Consciousness. He is also always in a state of perfect bliss. You can never see anger, depression, cheerlessness and sorrow on his face. You will find elevation, joy and peace in his presence. You will feel energetic, your dormant Kundalini Energy will get activated by meditating in his aura.

Cosmic consciousness is perfect awareness of the oneness of life. The Yogi feels that the universe is filled with one life. He actually feels that there is no such thing as blind force or dead matter and that all is alive, vibrating and intelligent.

He who has cosmic consciousness feels that the universe is all his. He is one with the Supreme Lord. He is one with the Universal knowledge and Life. He experiences bliss and joy beyond understanding and description. In the moment of illumination or great spiritual exaltation he has the actual divine universal vision. He is conscious of being in the presence of God. He sees the light of God's countenance. He is lifted above the ordinary plane of consciousness. He reaches a higher state of consciousness. He has a cosmic or universal understanding. He has developed the cosmic sense. The human soul is revolutionised.

He does not worry about death or future, about what may come after the cessation of the life of the present body. He is one with Eternity, Infinity and Immortality!

During illumination the floodgate of joy breaks. The Yogi is inundated with waves of indescribable ecstasy. Bliss, Immortality, Eternity, Truth, Divine Love become the core of his being, the essence of his life, the only possible reality. He realises that the deep, everlasting fountain of joy exists in every heart, that the immortal life underlies all beings, that this eternal, all-embracing, all-inclusive love envelops, supports and guides every particle, every atom of creation. Sin, sorrow, death are but words now for him without meaning. He feels that the elixir of life, the nectar of immortality is flowing in his veins.

He feels no need for food or sleep. He is absolutely desireless. There is a great change in his appearance and manner. His face shines with a radiant light. His eyes are lustrous. They are pools of joy and bliss. He feels that the entire world is bathed in a sea of satisfying love, or immortal bliss which is the very essence of life.

The whole world is home to him. He could never feel strange or alien to any place. The mountains, the distant lands which he has never seen would be as much as his own, as the home of his boyhood. He feels that the whole world is his body. He feels that all hands, all feet are his.

Fatigue is unknown to him. His work is like child's play, happy and carefree. He beholds only God everywhere. River, mountains, trees, animals, birds, fish all have a Cosmic significance. His breath will stop completely sometimes. He experiences Absolute Peace. Time and space vanish.

Through my understanding, experience, and research… it seems to me that God is not a person but “God” is a float  in motion, it is the process of not only doing, but also being. God is a creative energy expressing itself through life force, and life force is creative energy perpetuating creation. Creation in the form of art, technology, music, dance, making love, scientific discovery, giving birth… this is God expressing itself on Earth through the human experience.

We can see God expressing itself on a cellular level hidden in the pattern that connects humanity to nature, as well as the cosmos. If you look to the trees, the sky, and all around you – this intelligence reveals itself through the sacred geometry that governs intelligent design.

Once you identify the pattern, you can find God in all. God is expressed through the action of what you create, and you are a part of this God because creation created you to be creative. God is within, but is also without… and if you look to nature, you can appreciate this pattern through your every breath.

This is what it means to be cosmically conscious, to see God in all, and to be God in all you create. The ONE source is pure divinity, but you are a part of that divinity – you are not separate.

There is NO separate from source, there is only separation through language/humanity’s comprehension of the messages encoded through text and “implemented” through the rules and rituals that put religion into a box of belief. The “box” is an illusion, the limit doesn’t exist… life, just as the universe, is ever evolving, expanding, and infinite. As unorthodox as it may seem, God truly is ALL, ALL is God, God is the cosmos, you are the cosmos made conscious, and this lifetime is merely but a chapter in a story that never ends.

True Spiritual, or Mental development, enables the sharpening of the five bodily senses, enhancing the richness of Life as our minds are allowed to expand into advanced Spiritual knowledge.
Knowledge that will enable the proper use of the five wonderful bodily senses as they report to us the external world from which we derive information to store in the memory banks of the brain to create a knowledge base of experience.  The greater the Conscious awareness, the more acute the bodily senses become.  At the same time, the lesser the Cosmic Conscious awareness (sixth sense), the less acute the five bodily senses become and much of our external world would not even be acknowledged.  This difference of mental states is most likely the cause of debate between religious and scientific circles.

To cause advancement, each individual would have to initiate the effort in learning the deep secrets of their nature, setting aside all the trifling efforts of self-condemnation, low self esteem, and hurts in their daily living that is caused by allowing the ignorant brainwashing of societal conditioning and self inflicted wounds. All the brainwashing, and imagined hurts that we experience in our lives are lessons to overcome these obstacles and to learn, and recognize the powerful "I."  

Only the person who created the negative state of Mind can eliminate this by making a fundamental change in the way they think and what is held in their thoughts and to allow themselves the Spiritual education that is needed in for advancement.  There is no red carpet treatment or royal road in accomplishing this.  It takes a will, a desire, diligent effort, and perseverance in cultivating this knowledge.  The resulting rewards of this attainment will far exceed the greatest worldly rewards known to humanity.

Most people fail to recognize this reality and they will unconsciously and painfully race through Life from cradle to grave and not even experience a momentary glimpse of this great Truth.

The "I," when recognized in a conscious and deliberate manner, will enable a person to accomplish things in Life that is limited only to his or her own imagination.  The  accomplishments of educators, scientists, engineers, and leaders, who make up the smaller percentage of the world population, have to a degree recognized this "I" within themselves, mostly in an unconscious manner, nevertheless, many have accomplished successful professional careers.  They have accomplished a mental focus on a subject (or object), that escaped the ability of most people, giving them a sense of direction and a meaningful purpose in society.  Every human is capable of accomplishing this, if they only will learn to focus and concentrate. The realm of SPIRIT affects all levels of our society.

The mental art of concentration by employing the exertion of the will and creating desire upon a given subject or object is very rare because the lazy human mind is content with wandering triflingly through Life.  The untrained average human Mind is constantly rapidly wandering from one subject/object to another and is unable to focus on a single subject because of the constant carousel of external impressions of objects from the surrounding material world.  The untrained mind is constantly jumping from one subject/object to another, like the jumping around of a wild monkey, never able to pause for a moment, to concentrate, and focalize long enough to allow the Mind to gather information about a given subject or object.  This is what thinking is.  To allow the Mind to gather information about the unknown.  When this is disallowed, a person will wander aimlessly through Life and maintaining an ignorant state of Mind.

Wandering aimlessly through Life is a dangerous mental state to maintain because of the possible danger of other minds with stronger wills and efforts to manipulate the person who has not taken responsibility in the discipline and control of their own mind.  A person who has no control of their own wandering mind, has no control in Life's destiny because of the lack of focus and direction in Life.   It can be compared to a rudderless ship that is constantly tossed by the rise and fall of the waves from the powerful ocean.

When the Mind becomes trained and learns to concentrate and focalize on a single object or subject at a time, that state of Mind will bring the individual Universal Knowledge and Wisdom. This is how genius is created by applying the mental art of concentration and focalizing on any worthwhile subject.   The famous theories and hypothesis come into being such as Einstein's theory of relativity, man's ability to fly through the air, space travel, etc., by applying the mental art of concentration.  It is an undending mental aspect of the human mind as it continues to expand and gathers more and more information about all known and unknown subjects and objects, constantly causing change and advancement in Spirituality and technology.  Unbiased, Spiritual Wisdom enables the proper use of technology and is the catalyst for its increasingly rapid advancement.  It maybe difficult, at the moment, to conceive that Spirituality and technology go hand in hand, but the lack of Spiritual Wisdom will dampen the infinite possibilities because of a limited, diminutive belief system.

Technology ends where the mortal barrier begins, then, it becomes a necessity to look into the realm of SPIRIT in order to continue human evolution.  Without the continuous advancement of evolution, this civilization will become dissolved and perish off the face of the earth, like the many previous civilizations before us.  The mortal barrier begins when science and technology will reach the limitation of the atomic and sub-atomic particles and a quantum leap into the realm of the Waveform (SPIRIT) becomes a necessity in order to continue upward progress.

When a person learns to find a quiet moment in their lives to be able to become mentally focused and centered on their profession, job, Spirituality, whatever the endeavor, they will find the answers and renewed energy to solve problems and create new knowledge and ideas.

When a person (no matter who) learns to focus and concentrate on SPIRIT, their Mind will gather from their Cosmic Consciousness, the deepest secrets of the Cosmos, as to how it is composed, by what means, and to what end.   But, the enigma of the deepest inner secret Nature of THE ALL, or GOD, will always remain unknowable to us by reason of its INFINITE stature to which no human qualities can, or should, ever be ascribed.

This exalted, blissful experience comes through intuition or Samadhi. The lower mind is withdrawn from the external, objective world. The senses are abstracted in the mind. The individual mind becomes one with the cosmic mind or Hiranyagarbha or the Oversoul, the Soul of the Universe, the one common thread-soul or Sutratma. The function of the intellect, the objective mind and the senses are suspended. The Yogi becomes a living soul and sees into the life of things through his new divine eye of intuition or wisdom.

The state of Cosmic Consciousness is grand and sublime. It is beyond description. The mind and speech return from it baffled, as they are not able to grasp and describe it. The language and words are imperfect. It induces awe, Supreme Joy and Highest Unalloyed Felicity, free from pain, sorrow and fear. This is divine experience. It is a revelation of the Karana Jagat, the causal world wherein the types are realised directly.

The Yogi who has experience of Cosmic Consciousness acquires all Divine Aishwarya's. He attains many kinds of Siddhis or supernatural powers.

This new experience bestows new enlightenment which places the experiencer on a new plane of existence. There is an indescribable feeling of elation and indescribable joy and Bliss. He experiences a sense of universality, a Consciousness of Eternal Life. It is not a mere conviction. He actually feels it. He gets the eye Celestial.

Cosmic Consciousness is an inherent, natural faculty of all men and women. Training and discipline are necessary to awaken the consciousness. It is already present in man. It is inactive, or non-functioning in the majority of human beings on account of the force of Avidya or ignorance.

May you all attain the State of Cosmic Consciousness, your birthright, centre, ideal and goal, through association with the sages, purity, love, devotion and Knowledge!