"The natural state can be described only by negation; as, uncaused, independent, unrelated, undivided, uncomposed, unshakable, unquestionable, unreachable by effort. Every positive definition is from memory; and, therefore, inapplicable. And yet my state is supremely actual; and, therefore possible, realisable, attainable."
Turiya is the aware background against which the three mental states (waking, dreaming & deep sleep) take place. It is the coming to rest of all differentiated, relative existence. This utterly quiet, peaceful and blissful (non-mental, Real) "I" illuminates the other three states and is the ultimate aim of all spiritual activity.
The waking state corresponds with the gross, physical plane. The dreaming state corresponds with the subtle plane. The deep, sleeping state corresponds with the causal plane. Turiya corresponds with the great causal plane. Turiya is the embodiment of transcendental consciousness itself (our true nature, pure thoughtless awareness), not a manifestation of it.
See also: There is only One Self;
Siddha Turiya Meditation;
Silence of deep sleep (awareness of awareness) is conducive to liberation;
Turiya and Turiyatita;
Turiyatita - Chidakasa in Cosmic Consciousness;
What Is Turiya (The Fourth)?, 7/16/12;
About Turiya Nada: Music of Inner Fire, 11/6/13
Turiya - Absolute Waking State
"Turiya is the highest state of consciousness, but there is no end, no fixed limit, to the turiya consciousness. It is constantly transcending, transcending its own beyond."
The different states of consciousness, 1974
Turiya - Observing oneself in sleep, 1/15/13
"This witness-state is called the Turiya or the fourth state of consciousness."
Witness-state is called the Turiya or the fourth state of consciousness
Shiva Sutras 3.20, 3.21, 3.22 & 3.23 – Turya State, 1985
"Turiya is what the sages call the ‘sleepless sleep.’ Turiya is the experience of the liberated."
Gandhi & the Turiya State of Super Consciousness, 7/3/13
Mandukya Upanishad is the shortest of the major Upanishads, containing only 12 verses
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi:
Turiya State - Being in Meditation, 9/19/8
"Turiya is the state of a buddha. It is almost like dreamless sleep, with one difference; and, that difference is very great. It is as peaceful as deep sleep, as without dreams as deep sleep, but it is absolutely alert, aware. Whether you are asleep or dreaming or awake, turiya is ever-present. Deep within you are always Buddha. Therefore, the fourth state is not to be attained but revealed. It has not to be achieved but uncovered."
Dreaming Turiya Treasure;
Great Path - Fourth State
"Turiya is the state of perfect awareness and perfect stillness combined. It lies between sleep and waking; it is also the interval between two successive thoughts. It is the gnani’s state. Turiya, alone, is real."
True nature of sleep , 5/23/8;
Ramana Maharshi Says Turiya State Is Alone Real And Only Existing State, 6/14/10;
Ramana Mahashi on Turiya and Samadhi, 1/21/13
Chauthaa Pada, the Fourth state, 5/18/14
"Turiya is that state in which the individual soul rests in his own Sat-Chit-Ananda Svarupa or the highest Brahmic consciousness during Nirvikalpa Samadhi. Turiya is that state which transcends all the three states of samsara; hence, Turiya or the fourth. Turiya is Atman or Brahman."
Turiya or the Fourth State
Noticing the Gaps -Fourth State of Consciousness, 8/22/15
Turiya - Fourth State Of Consciousness, 2003
One will aspire to what's real only to the extent one realizes that appearances are false. Detachment emerges as one's discriminative ability increases. Renunciation occurs when the futility of seeking happiness through external things is irrevocably impressed upon the mind and one is no longer affected by the passing scene.
Reverential adoration is offered first to Shri Ganesh (Lord of meditation), second to Shri Saraswati (Lord of the exposition of the Truth); and, then, third to Shri Sadhguru (who arises in one's heart by adoring the first two deities). The Sadhguru's only aim is to help one to be free of ego and identification with the body and the mind.
All-pervading and eternally free Supreme Reality. Natural spontaneous (stateless) state which remains when "I Am" and all concepts are let go of.
Supreme or Ultimate Truth.
Supreme Self. Siddharameshwar says: "Paramatman has neither roots nor branches."
The spontaneous, shapeless, qualityless, unchangeable natural state which remains when the four bodies reach their end. Siddharameshwar says: "There is no activity, no movement, no entry and no exit in Brahman."
Self. God. Sat-Chit-Ananda or Being-Consciousness-Bliss.
True Self Nature or true form which is the same in the jiva and Shiva.
That which remains when the four bodies of both the jiva and Shiva are given up is beyond imagination. It is steady.
Self. Ever changing Inner-Self that carries out all worldly affairs. It vanishes upon realization of Swaroopa.
Four Bodies & Four Planes of Ishwara
4. (8.) Great Causal Body:
Original promordial illusion (which can only be indicated). Sat-Chit-Ananda. Same as the Great Causal Body of the Jiva (individual).
3. (7.) Causal Body:
Space from which the universe appears. Same as the Causal Body of the Jiva.
2. (6.) Subtle Body: All animation of manifestation. Ultimately, the Subtle Body of Ishwara is the same as that of the jiva as both can be expressed in words.
Represented by Brahma, Vishu & Shiva.
1. (5.) Gross Body: Entire physical universe (macrocosm). Ultimately, the Universal appearance of the Lord and the gross body of the jiva are the same as both contain the same five elements.
Four Bodies & Four Planes of the Jiva
4. Great Causal Body:
Pure Consciousness which can only be indicated. Sat-Chit-Ananda.
Mind is limited to the three states of waking, dreaming and deep sleep:
3. Causal Body:
Source of the world.
Sheath #5: Sheath of Bliss.
2. Subtle Body:
Sheath #4: Sheath of Vidnyana. Higher and subtler aspects of intelligence.
Sheath #3: Sheath of Manas (mind). Cognition and intelligence.
Sheath #2: Sheath of the 5 Pranas.
1. Gross Body:
Sheath #1: Sheath of Food. Material elements.
Siddharameshwar: Four Bodies;
Three Bodies Doctrine (Vedanta) wikipedia;
3 Types of Bodies: Gross (Sthula), Astral (Linga) and Causal body (Karana);
Swami Sivananda: Atman is Distinct from the Three Bodies;
Dasbodh of Samartha Ramdas, Chapter: 17, Sub-Chapter: 9: Four Bodies, 6/5/13;
3 Bodies of the Human Being, 8/12/13
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