A question came up I thought would be useful to share here. How do we give words to cognitions if they arise from beyond the intellect?
First: what do I mean by cognition here?
A cognition is a style of experience that is total knowledge about the object of experience, all at once. It tends to be about some fundamental aspect or law of creation.
While everyone can use ritam* to experience what a rishi or seer has cognized, only some people have the gift of cognition.
I define the types of cognition here.
Quite a few kinds of experience arise from beyond the intellect. Some intuition, ritam, the intelligence within experiences, Divine flows, and cognitions all arise from deeper sources. However, once they arise in consciousness, they move up through the layers (koshas) and evolve into an experience. Then mind and intellect can process them, giving words and meaning.
However, there’s a difference between the original arising and the memory of the experience. It’s important to refer back to the original arising for more details.
Cognitions remain in consciousness so can always be referred back to. This is Smriti or cosmic memory, which is quite a bit different from local memory.
Because cognitions are a total form of experience, they can take more time for a mind to unpack. For example, your device screen is simply experienced. But we cognized it, there would be the simultaneous apprehension of its entire history, composition, seeing it from every angle at once… knowing all there is to know about it. Some of that mind and intellect can’t process. But it can still be known by what is deeper.
For most people, our intellect is associated with the mind and acting somewhat as it’s puppet. Mind is under the control of the ego-sense which uses its faculties to maintain it’s self-sense. Something like a cognition can cause us to see through this, so mind & intellect can interfere with full cognition.
After clear Self Realization, the intellect becomes associated with Being (resolute) and becomes much more reliable and useful. It doesn’t impede deep experiences.
Do we eventually only cognize? No. As long as we live in the world, we still have to do taxes, cook, and make use of our talents. Cognitions are designed to unfold the evolution of the universe, so they arise in available vehicles as needed.
Certainly, the mind gets quieter and other styles of being become more prevalent. But this is an expansion of functioning. We lose nothing except limitations.
Even some ancient sages are still functioning on deep levels. They work on multiple levels within themselves. They no longer have a lower mind (that takes a physical or emotional body) but have all the higher stuff to work with.
Everything that arises can evolve into an experience and thus be digested by the mind. Even an awakening. But you don’t want to confuse the experiences with the actuality. Mind just makes a representation.
*Ritam: being able to perceive and act on the finest level of becoming
Last Updated on March 7, 2020 by Davidya