Reading about the lives of saints and sages, we learn about the exalted states they reached through their devotion and wisdom.
Their paths may have been many, and indeed, the saints themselves were very different in their mental and emotional make-up.
From the barely educated Ramakrishna, to the highly sophisticated Vivekananda, the highway robber Ratnakar (who transformed into Maharishi Valmiki), to the spiritual prodigy Jnaneshwar, the deeply devoted Meerabai, to the highly intellectual Shankara, from householders to dispassionate renunciates, they are a varied group of people, but shared one common trait: their intense and all-consuming love for God.
They are said to have experienced the highest realization, known variously as enlightenment, (the ultimate truth, nirvana, “neti neti,”) words attempting to describe that state where they knew, with absolute conviction, that they too were embodiments of God.
What is this state called enlightenment? Can a master spontaneously transmit this state to his disciple? So many new age gurus promise a Shaktipat, and pranayama techniques where the recipients purportedly reach Samadhi, and other blissful states. Are these for real or can they be dangerous? We talked to Swamiji to find out the real deal.