The Invisible Beloved, pp. 290-291

We see here Aswapati entering the psychic world where the Cosmic Divine’s Presence is experienced most concretely. Here one finds all things in their divine purity and the love and sweetness and beatitude and bliss that can remake our lives.

The Cosmic Sound, pp. 289-290

Here we see Aswapati travelling through the subliminal layers of consciousness through the sound. These experiences of an inner hearing are well-known to yogis and come as our inner being opens to higher states of consciousness.

God’s Secret Tunnel, p. 289

Aswapati reached the Self of Mind but the Soul of the world and its mystic heart was yet unseen. Now he suddenly comes across a hidden passage, a well or a tunnel through which he can go further.

Closing Remarks for the Canto XIII

This experience is perhaps the precursor for a turn towards nirvana or moksha. Creation seen from this state seemed a futile waste without any sense or purpose arising somehow out of Nothingness and dancing upon this vague unstable base of the Inconscient Void. 

The Two Firmaments, pp. 287-288

Creation seemed, from this state a vast ocean rolling aimlessly below an indifferent sky. An irreconcilable opposition is thus experienced between world and God, creation and the Creator.

A Passage and Not the Last Step, pp. 286-287

This state which yogis may take for a final liberation is but a passage towards a yet greater Beyond. The sense and purpose of creation are missed out. The Force that built the worlds and the ecstasy of creation is not found there.

The World as a Shadow, p. 286

The world appears as a cinematic shadow without any substance. But how it came into being and what is its purpose remains concealed. This is what most yogis prize as nirvana. Yet it is more a reflection in the mind of a still higher state.

The Collapsing House of Mind, pp. 285-286

This is a stage through Aswapati is passing in trying to find the true remedy to transmute the world into something divine and beautiful. But what he experiences here is the world imprisoned by mental structures surrounded by a vast Nothingness.

Mental Liberation and a Free Intelligence, pp. 284-285

The Self of the Mind, this vast impersonal, indifferent state in which the mind enters, is liberating in its effect. It frees us from all religious and sectarian belief-systems as well as ideological freezes and home for rigid dogmas and fixed opinions.

The Witness Self, pp. 283-284

This is the celebrated witness state of the yogi, the base of the thinker, the seat of one withdrawn from the world and the images it builds with the help of some cosmic Mind. This is the release that comes by knowing the Self as revealed through the still mind free from the turbulence of desires.

Immobile and Indifferent: p. 283

Climbing the stairs of consciousness, passing through the range of mental worlds, Aswapati has arrived at a state of static indifferent witness. This is the state that precedes nirvana.

Ideal’s Kingdom, p. 281

Aswapati moves through this plane of the Gods. It is powerful and mighty yet not the complete Truth that he is seeking. This is the plane where most yogis stop, mistaking it for the highest. But Aswapati must go further.

The Path of Tapasya, pp. 280-281

Two are the paths through which man can climb towards Godhead. One is through his secret by discovering his psychic being through love, devotion, surrender. Another is through the mind climbing up through higher and higher planes by tapasya. Human strength and will are still too weak to take up this climb. <>