Recently, I saw reference to a talk by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi called “The Three Qualities of Transcendental Consciousness: Unboundedness, Bliss, and the Home of All Knowledge.”
Transcendental Consciousness is another term for pure consciousness, consciousness itself, by itself. Initially, this is often first experienced in meditation when we transcend thinking and experience consciousness without content, pure.
However, there has to be enough clarity for this to be recognized. We may notice a blank space in practice. And then we think about this experience, taking us out of it.
Early on, noticing that thoughts are starting can be a marker for them having stopped. We may also notice a sense of spaciousness that can seem empty or full.
As the experience deepens, we gradually notice more. Like the breath starting again after a pause. Or a wave of bliss as the attention moves from consciousness back up through the bliss body to the mind.
When consciousness becomes an ongoing presence, it is no longer transcendent.
In the title, we can see Maharishi mentions three primary qualities of consciousness itself: Unboundedness, Bliss, and the Home of All Knowledge.
I’ve mentioned in various articles that consciousness arises from 3 fundamental qualities of Divinity: Alertness, Liveliness, and Intelligence. These correspond directly.
Alertness is the Shiva quality that notices the unbounded spaciousness of self-aware consciousness.
Liveliness is the Shakti quality that enlivens consciousness into flow, including bliss. We can define bliss as the lively inner surface of self-aware consciousness.
Intelligence is the Devata value that structures that flowing liveliness into the world of experiences. When this value is lively in our awareness, the intelligence within comes online and brings us understanding. Inner knowing becomes reliable.
At a fundamental level, that intelligence resides together in wholeness in a space known as Veda or the Home of all Knowledge. It’s the ultimate library, as it contains the “blueprints” for everything. Creating something just requires giving that blueprint attention. This is how creations come to be and within ours, our universe, and all its content. Consciousness is the medium and the means.
The deeper you go, the more qualities and the more words you can use to describe those qualities. And yet, those words never meet what is beyond the mind. We know it by being it, by recognizing we are That, by That.
Last Updated on March 20, 2022 by Davidya