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7. The Jnani State, the Highest State of the Wise One


The state of jnani has transcended the beingness, but the beingness is still there. Together with the beingness is the Absolute... the deep blue, benign state, without eyes. Knowledge takes rest in that deep blue, quiet, peaceful, benign shade. When that shade is shifted aside, then he sees the various manifestations in the form of universes and worlds. But when the shade is there, it is the deep, dark blue state, fully relaxed.

The consciousness which is born thinks that it is the body and works through the three gunas; but I have nothing to do with this. The whole thing is an illusion. The happenings are just happening; they have come and they will go. Prior to this experiential state I was perfect in every respect. With the arrival of the beingness this imperfect state started. Beingness does everything for the continuance of that beingness, but there is nothing at all that I would like to continue. I merely watch the body, mind, consciousness laugh or suffer. In suffering it may cry out, all right, let it cry out. If it is enjoying it may laugh. I know it's a temporary thing. If it wants to go, let it go. It can do what it likes, I am not concerned. This consciousness is time-bound. Once the body is gone, that knowledge which experienced itself as Krishna or Buddha or Christ subsides and becomes one with the total. Whatever tangible or visible world there is, that knowledge merges into nothingness, but the knower remains eternal. The knowledge and the no-knowledge both merge into the Absolute.

I am That which represents the absence of what is seen. In spite of listening to all I have said, most of you will continue to identify yourself as a body, and you will look on me as an individual, but I am not that. My real presence is the absence of the phenomena that you see. The question of what one is comes only in manifestation, when one compares with other phenomena. In my state there is no phenomenon; my existence is prior to any manifestation. There can be no question of what I am.

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