Chapter 7: Surrender in Darkness
But those six inches make all the difference. Why is the master six inches off the ground? He lives in the world and is yet not in it - those are the six inches, the difference. He eats, and yet he is not the eater; he remains a witness - those six inches. He is ill, he knows the pain of illness but still he is not in pain; that difference - those six inches. He dies, he knows death is happening, and yet he is not dying: that difference - those six inches. He is asleep and yet he is not asleep, he is alert too.
The first state is of sushupti. We will call it “the first dimension.” It is dreamless undividedness, it is unconscious unity, it is ignorance, but very blissful. But the bliss too is unconscious. Only in the morning when you are awake again do you start feeling that there has been a good sleep in the night, that you have been in some faraway land, that you are feeling rejuvenated, that you are feeling very fresh, again young and alive. But only in the morning - not exactly at the time when you are in the sleep, only later on. Just some fragrance remains lingering in the memory. It reminds you that you have been to some inner depth, but where? what? - you cannot figure it out. You cannot give any account of it. Just a vague memory, a faint remembrance that somewhere you have been in a good space. There is no ego yet, so there is no misery possible, because misery is not possible without the ego.
This is the state where the rocks and the mountains and the rivers and the trees are existing. That’s why trees look so beautiful - an unconscious bliss surrounds them. That’s why mountains look so silent: they are in sushupti, they are in deep sleep, they are continuously in deep sleep. That’s why when you go to the Himalayas, an eternal silence is felt - virgin silence. Nobody has ever been able to disturb it. Just think of a mountain, and suddenly you start feeling silent. Think of trees and you feel life flowing in. The whole of nature exists in the first state, that’s why nature is so simple.
The second dimension is that of dream - what Patanjali calls swabha. The first disturbance in the sleep is dream. Now you are not one any more; the second dimension has arisen. Images have started floating in you: the beginning of the world. Now you are two: the dreamer and the dreamed. Now you are seeing the dream and you are the dream too. Now you are divided. That silence of the deep sleep is no more there, disturbance has entered because division has entered.