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Systematisation for states of consciousness and meditation practice

Another of Sesha's great contributions is the exhaustive analysis of the phenomenon of perception and the systematization of different states of consciousness, which he pays special attention to in his book The Divine Paradox.

In this work Sesha explains that the diversity in states of consciousness are a result of the different forms reality presents to a conscious perceiver; meaning, the different ways a perceiver has of perceiving or interpreting reality or, to put it another way, the different types of relationship that can be established between subject and object.

What is most outstanding in this task of synthesis is that, in a natural way, an easy- to- follow guideline appears, within which any kind of meditation technique or practice can be located.  In particular, the perfect symmetry which there is between inner (seated in silence) and outer (active and in interaction with the outer world) meditation practice is worth pointing out.

The <<interpretation>> of reality can be taken from a <<dual>> point of view or from a <<non-dual>> standpoint.

In accordance with Vedanta tradition, Sesha's teachings invite us to discern the operative and valid activity of reality as a purely non-dual description.

In his book The Divine Paradox, Sesha undertakes a detailed analysis of phenomena of perception and leads his students through a thorough and meticulous investigation of the processes by which means it is possible to  adopt a differentiated mental interpretation of Reality in order to reach non-dual perception.

In this book five differing and successive states of consciousness are established and described (and, therefore, five differing modes for interpreting reality), ranging from dream state to total awakening; these states being those of dream, thought, observation, concentration and finally meditation. There is one last state, known as  samadhi, in which the ecstatic state of meditation becomes stable and permanent.

And so the state of samadhi defines supreme awakening and the attainment of total freedom (jivanmukta or liberation in life).

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