Living Brahman, living Cosmic life, is beyond the progression of ‘higher’ states of consciousness. Totality is lived beyond the expansion of spiritual, universal light glimpsed first within, beyond the infusion of light into vigorous activity, including the ultimate refinement of the senses, and the awakening of the deepest values of the heart.
Expansion marks the growth from one state of spiritual consciousness to the next, from that first glimpse of light within, to its establishment, including the refinement of the senses and the careful building of what Sri Brahmananda Saraswati calls Divine sight.
If this refinement, this “perception of the finest relative”, as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi refers to God Consciousness or GC, has not completed, then Unity Consciousness or UC, is imperfect and cannot progress to Brahman. It is impossible, not ready for Cosmic life – like proclaiming that one owns the entire house, by occupying just one large room.
This mistaken tendency to skip this critical step of first gaining Divine sight, direct perception of Cosmic life, then causes confusion. I have heard of a prefix of “para” being affixed to Brahman to account for this complete and practical living of Totality, once perception is fully refined. This is meant to illustrate a similar process of the transcendence of the atman or individuated soul into Paramatman, the undifferentiated Reality of God.
But “para” Brahman is not real. There is no place for Totality to develop further than what it is. This apparent ‘stage’ is borne of the confusion brought by additional refinement of the senses and the heart, during the time when the mind is able to comprehend [partial] Unity. Unlike the gradual subjective growth of spiritual light ascribed to higher states of consciousness, Brahman is birthed whole; a complete and dynamic expression of Totality. In Reality, there is no further stage of human expression, either in this world or the next.
Brahman is Totality, incorporating full knowledge of the three worlds [Heaven, Earth, and Hell], and living Cosmic life, including a seamless and critical relationship with Divinity. Brahman is always lived in fullness, the pinnacle of human spiritual development.
Declaring Brahman as completion is not a result of ego or complacency. We continue to grow and evolve just as we always have, though we recognize that the context and perspective of Brahman, that of transcending the fullest expression of the Self, aka Unity, does not change – there are simply no more stages in human life once Cosmic life is lived. What a relief! Life at last is lived in silent dignity. No more hopping around. 😉
Brahman and Totality continue to grow and learn by virtue of complete surrender. The body machinery is refined and clean enough to operate always in terms of Cosmic life, with all perception, capabilities, and responsibilities enjoyed therein. Although expansion continues, the awareness and perspective of Totality or Brahman remains full and undisturbed, ever lost in surrender to Mother Divine.
Brahman lives on the event horizon of Totality.