Self-Realization: You Can’t Be Half-Realized

posted Dec 9, 2012, 2:59 PM by Interfaith WS

              By day, Jason worked as a commercial artist. At night, in the loft above his private studio, he sat for long periods of time in Vedantic meditation with the mantra, So Ham (That I Am). Systematically, he had studied Vedantic scriptures, such as the Atma Bodha (Self-Knowledge) and the principal  Upanishads. Jason came to the workshop seeking clarity on the state of Realization.

                “Sometimes I understand the subtlest truths with great clarity,” he told us. “But at the same time, I know I haven’t gone all the way. Could I possibly have reached a state of being half-realized?”


Darshani: Water begins to boil only at a specific point, not before. Realization is similar. The sages say that it is like waking up from sleep. Waking has no half-measures. Nobody needs to confirm to us the fact that we have awakened. Experience alone confirms it. Sri Swami Krishnananda says that when the knower has awakened, he no longer sees objects as objects. In his awakened state, the entire universe of objects dissolves into a totality of Subjectness. The late Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, had the same experience in a Kentucky town near his monastery. Everything he looked at – a person, a pillar, a dog – everything – he saw as God.

                No matter how deep our intellectual understanding, until we perceive oneness within and without, we are like water on the stove that has not begun to boil.