Realizing the Manifest Self--the Life Force permeating our humanity--and the Unmanifest source from which it arises.
I don't know, it is arguable. For example, stop meditating for a year and see what happens. Everything diminishes, whatever states you have experienced will diminish too. And suddenly you are again in the 'world-state' as if nothing has happened...I don't know about whole meditation thing, maybe it is same as drugs...Of course the insight and knowledge is never forgotten, i believe thats why you can access through knowledge again various states with some practice or 'attunment'.
I would snuff out my life rather than stop meditating for a year. Yet it is not a body craving that keeps me going. You say 'Everything diminishes' ......by a long shot. My experience is exactly the opposite, a surprise to me also! Most of my encounters with people, animals, ants, spiders, some rocks, the sky, the wind....just everything is much more profound. It is like I can feel that vibrancy, I can feel the GOD within them and it is the same God within me. I AM looking at myself and interacting with MY SELF. Listening to music now is beyond anything I could ever comprehend, it plays in my Heart Center and every atom is just Electric as the tunes just burn through me. I have not been using Edji's method very long--maybe 2 years--he said stick with it and I did and do everyday. You do the same Arvydas. That is just your damn mind feeding you negative info. And you have to laugh as that mind of yours knows it is in very very deep trouble if you keep listening to that darn Guru named Sri Edji. Keep practicing and as Michael always tells me, "Don't fall back to sleep".