A lot of people write me about their experiences. But experiences come and go and mean very little no matter how fantastic or frightening they seem.
When experiences stop coming and going, that is a sign of progress.
When first you begin to practice hard, Kundalini experiences come and go. All kinds of energies and visions come and go. Sometimes oneness experiences come and go. All kinds of physical experiences come and go. All sorts of insights come and go.
The coming and going means the experiences are impermanent and mostly irrelevant, and the understandings will be superseded weeks or months later with something more "advanced." This too is illusion.
Also, when the experiences come and go, people get impatient thinking the harder they practice, or if they practice a different technique, some final experiences will come and not go, or some final insights will come and not go.
But nothing in the mind or consciousness is permanent. It all comes and goes. It is all temporary.
What happens though is when you realize all experiences and understandings come and go, you just step back and watch the coming and going, totally relaxed, as a witness. Then samadhis come and go. Bliss comes and stays a while and goes. Happiness permeates your life. Sitting and meditation become effortless, and you know deep in your being that all flows from you, yet still is not you. A paradox.
You realize you are still separate from these experiences, even when they feel identical to you.
You see, there is no final state to realize. No final understanding to finalize. Instead, you step back and see many things. Consciousness is you, but that consciousness is the same in everyone, from firefly to human. You also understand that consciousness is not you, it is a show happening to you but is not you. A paradox.
You become one with the totality of manifest consciousness, then you become aware of nothingness and realize even the void is not you.
You become like a mountain with all happening around you, the sun rising and setting, people crawling on you, rain wearing away your granite robes, but you are removed and unmoved.
This is when you know you have begun to make real progress. When you sit in meditation you feel large, all encompassing, like a mountain, and when you are not meditating, you are calm like a moon filled cold night where nothing moves.
The easiest way to get here is strong sitting meditation, like Shikantaza with a Zen master at a mountain retreat, or sitting with a great teacher in satsang at an ashram. Group sitting build power more quickly than alone sitting, and formal sitting in padmaasana is far, far more powerful than sitting against the back of a chair or couch, or lying on the floor.
Rajiv is thinking of starting an ashram, or at least sitting meditation sessions in Mumbai. Join him if you are in India. Sergio may be ready to teach within a year also in Italy. These are real Advaitins, not the neos who rule the day now.