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Yoga, Computers and
Four Levels of Consciousness

by Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati 

I am not the picture on my computer monitor.
I am electricity.

I am not the processing in my microchip.
I am electricity.

I am not the data on my hard drive.
I am electricity.

I am the life in all of these three.
I am the electricity.

A model for meditation: The computer can be used as a modern metaphor for understanding the process of Yoga meditation and the levels of consciousness through which one journeys. By understanding these levels or stages, it is much easier to understand how meditation is not used merely as a means of relaxation or psychic experience, but as the means for the realization of the ever pure, ever joyful core of our being, by whatever name you choose to call that center.

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 The Secret of Shiva and Shakti in the Three Worlds

First level
Waking state
Conscious mind
Gross plane
A of AUM

1. Peripherals/Conscious: The ten senses and means of expression (indriyas), along with the conscious mind, allow the inner person to communicate and act in the external world, like the peripherals of a computer system, including monitor, keyboard, speakers, and microphone.

Four functions of mind: Throughout the conscious, unconscious, and subconscious levels, the four functions of mind operate ever subtler, until even they are transcended in the fourth stage, noted below.

Second level
Dreaming state
Unconscious mind
Subtle plane
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2. Microchip/Unconscious: The active unconscious mind processes mostly out of view, with only a small part of its functioning normally coming to the surface of the conscious mind, like the microchip of the computer, which does a tremendous amount of processing, yet presents only a tiny amount of that to the peripherals.

Third level
Deep sleep state
Subconscious mind
Causal plane
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3. Hard-drive/Subconscious: It is consciousness flowing in or through the deep impressions of the latent subconscious, which causes them to stir, just like the otherwise inert binary numbers resident on a hard-drive, which do nothing until they are energetically brought to life and spring forth into the microchip.

Fourth level
Fourth state
Absolute reality
Silence after AUM
(The first four links
go to the same
page, as each of
these operate
from the same


4. Electricity/Consciousness: The conscious, unconscious, and subconscious levels of mind all function because of the flow of consciousness, energy, or life force, just as the peripherals, microchip, and hard-drive all operate because of the electricity. Both the consciousness and the electricity are uniform, regardless of what programs might be running in the moment.

I am not the peripherals!: One explores the peripherals, the waking state, the conscious mind, and the gross world, moving through them in meditation.

I am not the microprocessor!: One explores the microprocessor, the dreaming state, the unconscious mind, and the subtle plane, moving through them in meditation.

I am not the hard-drive!: One explores the hard-drive, the deep sleep state, the subconscious mind, and the causal plane, moving through them in meditation.

I am the electricity!: Through deep meditation, one pierces the three layers described above. Ultimately, one comes to resolve the question, "Who am I?" in direct experience, with the realization of being the pure consciousness, energy, or life force that is beyond, higher, or underneath each of the other three levels, stages, or states, which is the core of our being.





This site is devoted to presenting the ancient Self-Realization path of the Tradition of the Himalayan masters in simple, understandable and beneficial ways, while not compromising quality or depth. The goal of our sadhana or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality. This Self-Realization comes through Yoga meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which complement one another like fingers on a hand. We employ the classical approaches of Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti Yoga, as well as Hatha, Kriya, Kundalini, Laya, Mantra, Nada, Siddha, and Tantra Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the Absolute.








Yoga Nidra Meditation CD by Swami Jnaneshvara
Yoga Nidra CD
Swami Jnaneshvara