Sri Gita Mata Communication on January 2, 2011
Question for Guru Sri Gita Mata: When I close my eyes I see Sri Sarada Ma sitting upright in a meditational pose under a tree in Kankhal Mandir located near Haridwar. There is a white light shining in the middle of Her forehead.
Sri Gita Mata: It is sattva shining.
Question: I feel embarrassed to say that occasionally I feel that I am Ma Sarada sitting under the tree. Perhaps it is due to vivid imagination.
Sri Gita Mata: It is the state of advaita where the jiva and Brahman become one. My param pita and I become one. Jiva feels I am Sarada Ma also. There are three states experienced by a bhakta. In the state of dwaita, the jiva feels a separate existence from Brahman. In this state, a bhakta worships ishta devata as a separate entity. In Visishta advaita, the jiva feels, I am jiva. This universe is Prakrti and God has made both jiva and Prakrti. In the highest state of advaita, the difference between the jiva and the ishta disappears altogether and they become one. I am Sarada. I am God. Brahmasmi. This is great sacred knowledge. We are all Gods but we have forgotten our true identity and are caught in the web of maya. When jiva gives up what appear to be enjoyments of this world (bhoga), he reaches the highest state of yoga, oneness with God.
Question: How can a bhakta who has never seen a white light in the forehead or experienced a State of Samadhi reach the highest state of advaita?
Sri Gita Mata: The nirvikalpa Samadhi of Raja Yoga is different from the savikalpa Samadhi experienced by a bhakta. Normally on reaching a state of true nirvikalpa Samadhi, the yogi is unable to return back and the prana leaves the body permanently. It is a rare God incarnation like Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa who could return back from frequent nirvikalpa Samadhi. There is no rasa in this type of Samadhi. It is like peeling an onion where at the end there is nothing, a shunya. A raja yogi on return from a State of Samadhi falls back into the clutches of maya. On the other hand, the bhakta experiences a couple of minutes of savikalpa Samadhi from time to time. It is the highest state of bhakti yoga also called sahaj yoga where a bhakta experiences the state of advaita. This type of Samadhi happens on its own where in this particular case the ishta devata is Sri Sarada Ma. Maya eventually fails to hold sway over a bhakta.