Today we viewed an interesting video that gives us an account of Dr Jill Taylor's experience of what she calls nirvana. Please set aside 18 minutes to enjoy the memorable TED Talk.
My stroke of insight with Jill Bolte Taylor
According to Dr Taylor, nirvana (complete bliss and delight and peace) is experienced when the left hemisphere of the brain stops dominating life with its incessant chatter and becomes silent and the right hemisphere takes over. How does nirvana relate to Brahman Consciousness?
We know from scientific research that the physiology of higher states of consciousness is demonstrated by total brain functioning and increased coherence between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. So we must conclude that Dr Taylor's experience is in the category of a near-death experience, rather than a pointer to the physiology of enlightenment.
Brahman Consciousness is lived when the ego has become crystal clear and provides only a faint boundary to establish an individual viewpoint. The experience of nirvana is indeed part of Brahman Consciousness, but Brahman Consciousness is a highly functional state of consciousness that allows the individual to experience nirvana and carry on daily life in a highly efficient and productive manner.
Brahman Consciousness represents the highest ideal for a human life achievement. Brahman Consciousness is that state of consciousness which resonates in complete harmony with the vast consciousness of the Creator, Lord Brahma. One who lives in Brahman Consciousness is literally the Divine incarnate, always acting in perfect accord with all the Laws of Nature and radiating a life supporting and uplifting influence to everyone he or she contacts.
In Brahman Consciousness the individual mind is completely absorbed into the Mind of Lord Brahma, like a tiny bubble floating within a vast calm lake. Inside the bubble resides the completely crystal clear ego of the person in Brahman Consciousness. He or she can appreciate without restriction the entire range of intelligence and knowledge that is contained in the Mind of Lord Brahma. Anything may be known to him and will be known by him at the exact appropriate time.
His mind is completely silent - witnessing the glory of Lord Brahma as a child watching a delightful fairy tale unfold. He expects nothing, wants nothing, thinks about nothing and remembers nothing. He simply witnesses the world around him in childlike innocence because everything is a completely new and fresh experience for him, every minute of every day - 24 hours a day.
He is completely above fear and doubt - unshakable in the knowledge that nothing in the universe is foreign to him or can possibly harm him. He has nothing to do at all and spends his time reacting to others and the environment. Whatever he may do in response to the environment is loving and supporting to everyone he touches, however he does not plan it this way - it is just the spontaneous result of his action.
Occasionally, a thought may arise in his mind, but it is not his thought and he clearly knows this. He has completely stopped thinking altogether, so when a thought does arise he immediately welcomes it as Lord Brahma's thought and he appreciates it completely, understanding it totally, immediately and without distortion. Often, he just takes action without thought or at least without appreciating that he had a thought, moving and acting as if Lord Brahma Himself was moving his body or speaking through his mouth. He feels like a sort of robot or mechanical man that someone else is moving, like a puppet.
Whatever his body does, he watches and is surprised and delighted by the play. He views his body as the puppet or robot of Lord Brahma - it is not even his body. If Lord Brahma wants to feed and clothe this body, he watches and enjoys the play. If Lord Brahma wants to rest the body, he watches and enjoys the resting of the body.
He feels like a passenger, not the driver and certainly not the owner of the body. He knows that at any moment Lord Brahma may move him into a different body for the benefit of that perspective. He has forgotten what it was like to be a "normal human being" full of anxiety, doubts, fears, ambitions, goals, desires, pains, weaknesses, struggle, unhappiness, happiness, frustrations, anger, disappointments, etc. Life is very simple now - it is easy to feel the bliss that is life and that bliss is sufficient for him, he wants nothing else, he cannot even make himself desire anything. After all, he is floating in nirvana 24 hours a day and knows it will never end.