Maharishi Mahesh Yogi spoke of how dynamism is afraid of silence and silence is afraid of dynamism. The first we may experience in the approach to awakening when the lively mind is afraid of the empty, silent “void”. If we’re not clear enough, it’s not recognized as ourselves but rather an opposite.
Once Self Realization is established that deep inner silence can be nervous about dynamism or liveliness. It wants to stay above the world. Yet moving back in is the flowering of the next stage. By the peak of Unity, there is no separate silence, just values of infinite alert liveliness. Silence and dynamism have merged as two aspects of one consciousness.
Come the Brahman shift, we again find the lively alertness dubious of the nothingness of Brahman. As before, at some point, we surrender into it. Soon, we again find the liveliness swelling, then unfolding into pure Divinity.
While some use the word “Brahman” for any transcendent experience beyond thought, it really should be reserved for that which is beyond consciousness.
As we are it (in the broadest sense of those words), we can have ‘tastes’ of Brahman long before awakening. However, because it is beyond the dynamics of consciousness, it is without content and is thus only there as a blank spot. It can’t be said to be experienced because experience takes the dynamics of consciousness. When consciousness is still foggy, Brahman is much the same as settling down into the quiet depths of still consciousness.
As a result, it’s premature to call a gap in experience Brahman. That would be a little like calling fog “sky”.
While I don’t recall this happening here, people may have a taste of Brahman itself long before the stage. However, a clear taste of absolute nothing is terrifying if we don’t know who we are. Much smoother to step through those stages of unfolding and come to it from a deeper place.
Thus, it is normal to first both:
– discover who you are at depth
– gradually refine the vehicle or vessel for clarity
Then we’re in a place where even the nothing of Brahman can be known without fear, beyond the veil of consciousness.
When we become absolutely nothing (recognize we always were), we can once again become everything. Brahman becomes the platform for unfolding to pure Divinity.
Of course, words like “nothing” and “everything” are inadequate to describe what is beyond anything. 🙂