The Nature of Impersonal Realization
Nondualism leads to an realization of the impersonal aspect of God or absolute truth.
A jnani desires to experience an aspect of divine happiness called "brahm-ananda"
(brahm - God, ananda - bliss). How this is accomplished:
- A jnani purifies his mind through meditation and devotion
- When this purification is complete, and with God's Grace, his mayic bondage ends
and he attains full realization of the bliss of the formless aspect of God
Mayic bondage for a jnani is in the form of his material senses, mind and intellect.
Yet the presence of our material senses, mind and intellect are what enables us to know
Liberation or moksha means to be free of one's personal Maya in the form of all of these.
If a jnani loses his material faculties for experiencing and knowing,
how does he experience bliss?
In nondualism, when a jnani attains liberation from Maya, he gains the capacity to
experience the impersonal bliss of absolute truth by retaining a faint remnant of the
material mind called lesh-avidya. "Lesh" means just a trace, and "avidya" means Maya.
If you poured melted butter in a bowl, and then poured the butter into another container,
the thin layer of oil that would remain in the bowl could be called "lesh" -- a faint trace.
It is on the base of this faint remnant of maya that
a brahm jnani is able to
experience the bliss of impersonal divinity.
According to his physical destiny, at the time of his death, this trace of material
mind and his material body end. Now, as pure soul energy that has been released from
all material ties, he merges into the divine field of absolute truth.
Interestingly, although it is said that the soul of the realized jnani merges into brahm,
the truth is that the soul retains its discrete individuality. It doesn't melt, dissolve or
disappear when it enters the absolute, like an aspirin tablet would in water. Instead that
jnani's faculties of experiencing and knowing (the senses and mind) are terminated forever.
At this stage there is no one who knows, is known or has any faculty of knowing. There is
also no more material bondage or suffering.
This is moksha or absolute liberation and realization on the path of nondualism.
What is known to the jnani about the bliss of brahm is only known while he is in the body;
after this, he has no experience of divine bliss at all, forever.