"When the yogi sees every object as an expression of the inner divine Self, then the delusion of diversity disappears and he has the bliss of unity consciousness. He finds Siva both within and without."
From the "Spanda Karikas", a unique and important text of Kashimir Shaivism. "Spanda" is the principle of dynamic Divine Creative Pulsation, somewhat similar to the Yin-Yang of Taoism. Shiva is an eternal process of coming into being and coming to rest and All is an effect of that pulsating flow.
The Spanda Karikas also teaches: "Therefore, whether it is word or object or thought, there is no state which is not Shiva."
The individualized soul (Jiva) is a projected manifestation of Shiva in the field of the Manifest Divine (Maya Shakti). The Self-Realization of Divinity (the Jiva is self-experienced as the Divine) is best regarded as a dynamic PROCESS rather than a static STATE.
Yogism has often focused on "attaining" the "state" of Absorption (Samadhi), or the state of mental stillness (Nirodha) or the state of Divine Union (Bindu) as ends in and of themselves. Yet these states, when they arise, are experienced as aspects of a process of spiritual evolution and not objects that can be permanently held. They are merely means to the unfoldment of Divine Process as expressed through the individual Jiva.
Further, there is no "attainment" and nothing to "attain". Rather, there is a process by which the Jiva releases the illusion of independent will. The individual will of the embodied soul (Jiva) recognizes that its entire existence is nothing more than an expression of the Divine Will (Iccha Shakti). The Yogi learns that Surrender to the flow of Shakti (Divine Power) is the key to spiritual evolutionary process. This is often understood and experienced as a process of peeling off or dissolution of layers of veiling or obscuration.
The Yogi may believe for a time that he is "practicing" and "acting" of his own volition to "attain" a "state" of "enlightenment". But the simple truth is there is no Yogi with an independent will practicing. There is only and there only ever has been the Lord unfolding in his own, natural Divine Process (Spanda).
Some of the spiritual texts and teachings that are helpful to examine in this regard include:
- Spanda Karikas
- Yin-Yang, Taoism, Tao Te Ching
- Thirumantiram of Thirumular
- Thiruarutpa of Saint Vallalar Ramalinga Swamiga
- Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra (Perfect Wisdom Heart Sutra)
- "The Life Divine" and "Synthesis of Yoga" by Sri Aurobindo