For Spiritual Aspirants – Discourse 8
We usually say mind is mine, intellect is mine, senses are mine, life-force is mine, but we don’t say, I am mind, I am intellect, I am senses, I am the life-force. This proves that ‘I’-ness is different than ‘mine’-ness, which means that I am different from these things called as mine. Think about it, the things one calls as mine are not really mine, they are part of the world. They appear as mine because of the assumed identity with the physical body, subtle body and causal body.
Our ‘self’ is different from all three – physical, subtle and causal body. Hence, in our ‘self’ (soul) the three states of the body – wakefulness, dream and deep sleep state does not exist. States keep on changing but our ‘self’ never changes. Our ‘self’ is the one which knows all these states, hence it is different from them. If the one who knows about these states is not different from the states, then who would count the three states? And who would see the changing of the states? There are three states and they keep on changing – nobody has any doubt about it. Hence, the conclusion is that our ‘self’ is different than the state.
We all have experienced that the states cannot exist without us, but we can exist without these states and do exist. When one goes from wakefulness to dream state, then during transition there is no state. Same way, we go from dream state to deep sleep state, then during transition there is no state. But even if there is no state during transition, still we are present. Dream state goes and waking state comes, deep sleep state also goes and waking state comes – hence we know about these changes in the state. This proves that the ‘self’ is above all these states.
From book ‘Sadhakon ke Prati’ by Swami Ramsukhdasji