WAKING, DREAMING, DREAMLESS SLEEP
I SPEAK of ordinary men. The Adept, the Master,
the Yogi, the Mahatma, the Buddha, each lives in more than three states while
incarnated upon this world, and they are fully conscious of them all, while the
ordinary man is only conscious of the first - the waking-life, as the word
conscious is now understood.
Jagrata, our waking state, is the one in which we must be regenerated; where we must come to a full consciousness of the Self within, for in no other is salvation possible.
When a man dies he goes either to the Supreme
Condition from which no return against his will is possible, or to the other
states - heaven, hell, avitchi, devachan, what not - from which return to
incarnation is inevitable. But he cannot go to the Supreme State unless he has
perfected and regenerated himself; unless the wonderful and shining heights on
which the Masters stand have been reached while he is in a body. This
consummation, so devoutly desired, cannot be secured unless at some period in
his evolution the being takes the steps that lead to the final attainment.
These steps can and must be taken. In the very first is contained the
possibility of the last, for causes once put in motion eternally produce their
The third state common to all is Sushupti,
which has been translated "dreamless sleep." The translation
is inadequate, for, while it is dreamless, it is also a state in which even
criminals commune through the higher nature with spiritual beings and enter
into the spiritual plane. It is the great spiritual reservoir by means of which
the tremendous momentum toward evil living is held in check. And because it is
involuntary with them, it is constantly salutary in its effect.
Now the ordinary non-concentrated man, by reason
of the want of focus due to multitudinous and confused thought, has put his
Swapna field or state into confusion, and in passing through it the useful and
elevating experiences of Sushupti become mixed up and distorted, not resulting
in the benefit to him as a waking person which is his right as well as his duty
to have. Here again is seen the lasting effect, either prejudicial or the
opposite, of the conduct and thoughts when awake.