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The meaning of A-U-M

A – Consciousness, U-Subconsciousness, M-Super consciousness.

There are three levels of consciousness in the astral body. Patanjili explains that the various levels of the mind are the subconscious, the conscious, and the super conscious mind. Beyond the three levels stands knowledge of the Self which is not a level of consciousness, but rather a level of Self-awareness, of absolute consciousness of unity, Samādhi or nirvana.


Level one—Conscious mind (reason or intellect) is the mind of intellect and reasoning. Intellect can control and guide the subconscious mind and is the basic requisite for the ego or “I-ness” and “mine-ness” consciousness. The reasoning is the function of the in- tellect. With the unfolding of all the wonderful achievements of the human mind today.


Intellect is frail, finite, weak, and impotent, because it is conditioned in time, space, and causation. It has its own limits; it is incapable of directly knowing or realizing that all-blissful “thing is itself” which corresponds to the Brahman or supreme being of the Vedanta philosophy.


Level two—Subconscious (instinct) mind is the instinctive or automatic mind. It controls the involuntary functions of the body and it is the seat of lower emotion, and animal instincts such as desire, passions, and appetite. It also carries on the automatic functions of daily activities. It stores past life impressions or samskaras, and it carries on this life and even futures lives. The subconscious mind is associated with animal instinct. The instinct within the subconscious mind constantly directs us to experience of the senses. The subconscious mind contains many unnecessary thought waves, unfulfilled desires, memories, and dreams of the future.


Level three—Superconscious mind (intuition) is the cosmic intelligence mind or the higher mind. The function of this mind, which is above intellect, is to achieve intuition and higher consciousness. Intuition comes directly from a level of cosmic wisdom; everything that is being learned already exists in an energy form in the cosmos. Each thought and all inventions already exist. Once you rise above the instinct during medi- tation and slow down the thought of the intellect, you will reach the consciousness of cosmic intelligence.

Intuition does not contradict reason, but rather transcends reason and brings knowl- edge and wisdom from the field of consciousness, which the intellect can not penetrate. Intuition is the way to knowledge of the self-attained, through purity of heart and is brought about by constant, protracted, and intense meditation on the attributeless, time- less, spaceless, birthless, and deathless supreme soul (atman). Reason helps us march to the door of intuition.


Beyond these three levels of the mind is the pure consciousness known as spirit, soul, or the Self, which is formless, timeless, changeless, and infinite in its nature. Yoga science of the mind has gone even beyond the higher mind and discovered the source of all knowledge wherein lies the eternal peace and joy that everyone seeks.


Consciousness is an abstract concept that has been the subject of study for scientists and philosophers for a number of years. Consciousness pervades everything throughout the universe. There is consciousness in every living entity as well as non-living entity. It is the aspect with which an entity perceives everything and itself in the universe. Whatever we see, hear, touch, taste, and feel, enters into our consciousness first through the senses and then as decoded information from the brain.

“In human beings, consciousness manifests as awareness. This is also true of plants and animals, but their expressions of awareness are different from those of humans. For instance, plants show their awareness by responding to music with improved yields of fruits, flowers and crops. Humans also have this awareness in abundance. A person is said to be conscious when they can be aware of what they are sensing, including processes such as thinking, seeing, hearing, feeling and imagining. When a person is conscious, they experience their surroundings. Conscious awareness takes one to an even deeper level. It is not just a matter of raising awareness intellectually through knowledge. Here you raise your awareness emotionally and with the full involvement of your deeper mind prevailing in the heart region. In this process you gain positive energy, intuitive wisdom and a sense of direction. It is not logical but one can experience it mystically – an inner reality which has the potential to become an outside reality. Conscious Awareness is awareness with full involvement of the heart. The level of conscious awareness varies amongst the various entities; the non-living entities having conscious awareness at the very lowest level, or even at zero; whereas the living entities have conscious awareness varying ranging from lower to higher levels. Consciousness has many layers.

There are 6 Main Levels of Consciousness:

M (Mind) – Consciousness:

Mind is the first level, which manifests on the surface of the cerebral region. As it becomes sharpened by the cultivation of learning, it evolves into a faculty called Intellect.

SM (Subliminal-Mind) – Consciousness:

The second level, which is below the surface mind, is the subliminal or subconscious mind. We are unaware of its potential and capabilities, which may seem incredible to the surface mind. Many of your daily activities are governed by your subconscious mind.

F (Feeling-Mind) – Consciousness: The third level is the feeling mind. This feeling-consciousness generally prevails in the heart area and can thus be called the Heart or Heart-Consciousness. It includes an emotional faculty called intuition. Almost all mothers have this faculty naturally available and readily accessible to help them understand the intense needs of their children and people they care about.

H (Emotional-Heart) – Consciousness: The fourth level is the deeper heart, where you feel emotions with even greater intensity. This can be called the spiritual heart, or your inner consciousness. The presence of the surface mind is reduced, but the presence of the subliminal or subconscious mind is enhanced. It is formed by impressions gathered through all you have learned and experienced, along with the imprint of your personality.

HS (Heart-Soul) – Consciousness: The fifth level is between the deeper heart and the ultimate essential being (Soul). Here you experience inner-space, and the mystical Universe, where generally the laws of physics start reversing (for example, it is not time-bound and gives an experience of timelessness, and an experience of inner space, which is beyond physical space). This could lead you to experience many alternate realities and possibilities that give access to your own soul. Here you become more connected with Nature and the forces of the Universe.

PS (Pure-Self) – Consciousness: The sixth level is core consciousness. This is the very essence of your whole presence and of everything that you feel, think and do. It is addressed as the Soul or Self. It is the inner-most consciousness, the ultimate essential being. The different levels of consciousness within can be experienced via the inner voyage of Intuitive Meditation, but much dedication is needed to explore one’s Inner Self.

Emotion and Consciousness

The feeling of an emotion is a process that is distinct from having the emotion in the first place. So, in order to understand what a feeling is, we need to understand what an emotion is. An emotion is the execution of a very complex program of action; some actions that are actually movements – external – movement of our limbs – hands/feet, expressions of face etc.), and internal – that happen in the heart or gut; and movements that are actually not muscular movements – but rather releases of molecules – say for example in the endocrine system – into the blood stream. In a broad sense, it is movement in action. An Emotion consists of a very well-orchestrated set of alterations in the body that has, as a general purpose, making life more survivable, by taking care of a danger or taking care of an opportunity, or something in between.  A Feeling is actually the portrayal of what is going on in the organism when you are having an emotion. If you have just an emotion, you would not necessarily feel it. To feel an emotion, you need to represent in the brain in structures that are actually different from the structures which lead to the emotion – what is going on in the organism when you are having the emotion. So, you can define very simply, as the process of perceiving what is going on in the organism when you are in the throes of an emotion. And that is achieved by a collection of structures – some of which are in the brain stem, some of which are in the cerebral cortex, namely the insular cortex. Emotion is a reaction to the world. Emotions are engaged when the states outside of our organism are fairly high in positive or negative directions. Emotion is in a way, a contribution to a sort of an auto-pilot. So, this is a level of response to the world, that is automated, and it is largely non-conscious. Then you take consciousness of it, and once you start feeling what is happening, and connecting the feeling to what you are perceiving, then you realize that there is the danger or opportunity. The entire process is then made conscious and enters the mind flow. Then the experiences of emotion also have a way of modelling what you are going to do next, because we have feelings which can actually stay in memory. Then we have a possibility of using feelings of certain emotions for future planning. It is a way of keeping alive, and also of constructing a view of the world, and making sure that the view is taken into consideration when planning future events.

When Emotions Make Better Decisions We cannot always make decisions by logical reasoning alone. It is because the lift that comes from emotion. It is emotion that allows you to mark things as good, bad or indifferent, literally in the flesh. And it is that kind of emotional impetus that are lacking. We are constantly being swayed in what we do; what we remember from the previous situation is not the facts, not just the outcome that may be good or bad; we also remember whether or not what we felt was good or bad. When you are making decisions, and of course the options you make are going to produce good or bad outcome or something in-between, you do not only remember what the factual result is, but also what the emotional result is.

Properties of Consciousness

 How can a bunch of moving particles that are physical, possibly feel as non-physical as our consciousness? He thinks: Because consciousness doesn’t only have properties above and beyond those of its parts, but also has properties that are independent of its parts, independent of its substrate, independent of the stuff that it is made of.  There are also other phenomena in Physics that are also substrate independent in that sense – for example – waves – these have properties like wavelength, frequency, speed and we can describe them with equations, even without knowing what kind of substance the waves are in. So these waves take a life of their own, above and beyond the substrate – for eg., the waves can cross a lake even though the individual water molecules are going around in tiny little circles.  More specifically consciousness is the way information feels when it has been processed in certain complex ways. So this means that it is substrate independent and it also means that it’s only the structure of the information processing that matters not the structure of the matter that is doing the information processing. Consciousness is simply the way information feels when it is being processed in certain complex ways – by particles moving around in very special patterns; it is the patterns that really matter.

Spiritual Perspective

Imagine a spirit consciousness, floating in the vast nothingness or void, without the physical body or mind, and without anything around, just by itself. Spirit decides to expand its consciousness all around itself without moving. It creates a sphere around itself. This is the first circle created. It has an awareness of what is around itself in 360 degrees. Then the spirit-consciousness moves to the very edge of the sphere and again expands itself the same extent as before and creates another sphere, repeats what it did the first time. This gives rise to the second circle, and the resulting pattern is known as the vesica piscis. The spirit continues flawlessly along the first sphere moving one radius away from the previous circle and expanding into a sphere and so on. This sphere will have its circumference passing through the centre of the first sphere. It continues to do this around the first sphere creating about six spheres around it. This is the beginning and it keeps continuing further and further creating more spheres around the newly created spheres.  Each time a new sphere is formed it gives rise to more information coming out of it. The first complete pattern or image that comes out of this is called the Seed of life or the Genesis pattern. From the Seed of life pattern – emerges knowledge about mathematical proportions such as the right-angled triangle, angles, and knowledge about light etc.

Effect of Consciousness on Water

The works of Masaru Emoto, a Japanese author and researcher, have highlighted that human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water. The result was that he always observed beautiful crystals after giving good words, playing good music, and showing, playing, or offering pure prayer to water. On the other hand, he observed disfigured crystals in the opposite situation. Emoto published several volumes of a work entitled Messages from Water, which contain photographs of ice crystals and their accompanying experiments.

Research and experimental studies on consciousness, emotions and feelings have shown that even though we are represented externally by the physical body, internally deep within us we are primarily made up of energies and patterns of vibration. This may also be understood from the perspective that the physical body consists of millions of cells of different kinds, which are in turn composed of molecules, atoms, sub-atomic particles such as quarks and even smaller particles, and finally in the form of patterns of energy that vibrate like strings.

Sub consciousness

Subconscious mind causes to feel emotionally and physically uncomfortable whenever you attempt to do anything new or different or to change any of your established patterns of behavior. The sense of fear and discomfort are psychological signs that your subconscious has been activated. But it’s been working to establish those behavior patterns in the background long before you’ll ever notice such feelings. You can feel your subconscious pulling you back toward your comfort zone each time you try something new. Even thinking about doing something different from what you’re accustomed to will make you feel tense and uneasy. Superior men and women are always stretching themselves, pushing themselves out of their comfort zones. They are very aware how quickly the comfort zone, in any area, becomes a rut. They know that complacency is the great enemy of creativity and future possibilities.For you to grow, to get out of your comfort zone, you have to be willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable doing new things the first few times. If it’s worth doing well, it’s worth doing poorly until you get a feel for it, until you develop a new comfort zone at a new, higher level of competence.

Super consciousness

It is the hidden spiritual system behind intuition, spirituality, and physical and spiritual healing. It is the problem-solving part in us and allows us to feel such things as joy, excitement, and empathy. The work of our superconscious mind is often overlooked when we aspire to live a richer, more meaningful life.

Superconsciousness is the state reachable only through meditation, chanting, affirmation, and prayers specifically designed to lead us into a state of superconsciousness.


Intuition is an ability to feel information and quickly find answers to exciting questions, without any evidence. The meaning of intuition is to summarize all the information that we receive from the external and internal world: positive and negative, random and purposeful. Intuition is able to quickly process the information, highlight the main and important points and suggest how and what to do. In the process of intuitive knowledge, a person cannot be aware of all those signs by which the conclusion is made, and those methods by which he is made. The main thing at this moment is to believe and trust the inner voice, which leads to an optimal result that does not require evidence. Intuition manifests itself in the inner faith: we know what and how to do, and we believe that this is right. Intuition assumes that a person has such qualities as attention and openness, self-esteem and self-confidence. It is blocked if a person cannot keep these feelings in balance, experiences complexes and self-doubt. We should strive to have not only the right thoughts, but also the corresponding impressions. It is the feeling of reality and the correct ideas about it that provide information for intuition. Depending on what kind of thinking a person has, intuition can be distinguished of different types: emotional, physical and mental. People with emotional intuition come to images, the owners of physical intuition, when thinking about a decision that later turns out to be wrong, begin to experience physical discomfort – heaviness in the body, a feeling of lack of air and other similar symptoms. Mental intuition appears in people in the form of various information that they receive. Every person has intuition, just most of us do not understand how it works. When intuition starts to work, there is a very pleasant feeling that life is responding to your desires, you achieve the goals, you are in synchronicity with the whole Universe. To make intuition work, you must learn to hear, listen and understand it. In order to learn to listen and hear intuition, you need the ability to manage your attention, that is, to direct it to a given point and hold as much as you need. Before trusting intuition, it is necessary to learn how to feel it, to separate truth from lies, the sixth sense from fantasies. The sixth sense uses information from the future and chooses the best course of action. In each situation, we must learn to choose the most optimal option, the most effective solution.

Meditation promotes the development of human intelligence, harmonization of the emotional sphere, the combination of all aspects of mental activity into a single interacting organization of consciousness, and the acquisition of a qualitatively new way of thinking. The experience of a calm state of consciousness achieved during meditation allows you to synchronize the work of both hemispheres of the brain and gives a noticeable effect in terms of the development of thinking in general and intuition in particular.





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