The Cosmic State of Consciousness

The Cosmic State of Consciousness is the state of realisation of the the cosmic or immament Godhead, to the eextent of one's consciousness is equal to the extent of the Cosmos.  This is the Pantheistic and Panentheistic realisation.  It goes totally beyond the conventional Transpersonal or expanded individual level of existence.  It has been various described, according to the aspects and approaches taken.   In Patanjali Yoga, Buddhist meditation, and similiar techniques of cultivating innwardness, stillness, and expansion of consciousness, it represents the final stages of meditation before Enlightenment.  There is still a mind or mental body, but it is limiteless in extent.  This is the state of the higher or formless Pali Buddhist samapattis, and of Patanjali's asamprajnata samadhi: a limitless, formless state of existence.  It has been formalised in Yogachara/Vijnanvada Buddhism as the Alayavijnana, or "Universal Storehouse Consciousness".  Indeed, Yogachara Buddhism itself was inspired by the experiences of deep meditation, hence the name, "Yoga-teaching"
In Kashmir Shaivite metaphysics, which approach this state from a higher prakritic octave, these cosmic states are considered to be beyond the state of ordinary liberation, and are referred to as the Shanti-kala ("Division of Reality pertaining to supreme Peace") or Shuddha ("Pure" =Divine) principles represent the state of omnipotent Cosmic Consciousness, in which the "I" or aham is a cosmic godhead and the "that" or idam (object) is the entire universe.  Three statges are distinguished in that philosophy, from the most unitive to the most manifest, according to the polarisation into Shiva and Shakti.  In Sri Aurobindo's terminology this is the level of the Overmind, the ontological level of the gods, where the boundaries of the individual self seem to equal the boundaries of the universe.  In Ken Wilber's involution-evolution psychology this would seem to be the "Low Causal" state.
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Atomistic Being
Individual (Dualistic) Being
Expanded (Transpersonal) Being
Cosmic Being
Universal Being


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page created 8 November 1998
modified 20 December 1999