Progression within Transcendent Experience / (51:00) Proving Existence of God
This class contains two discussions: One on the progression of transcendent experience and the second, at the 51 minute mark, on proving the existence of God.
The first topic: Relative to the different disciplines there are differing degrees of penetration into transcendence. There is the ending of the material ego. There is the ending of the material ego combined with the sense of the eternal being, oneness, unity. And there is the ending of the material ego, the sense of being consciousness, plus a subtle distinction that makes for an ongoing interaction between the atma and Paramatma - the distinction that makes Brahman move not out of need but of ecstasy. And within that there are differing degrees.
The second topic: Before we talk about the existence of God, let's talk about the existence of ourselves. Consciousness is the mystery of the day. Physicalists theorize about it pretty well. Some say that, if we were to get rid of the "religious baggage" that makes us think we are more than what meets the eye, then in 1000 years of science they will be able to demonstrate that consciousness is matter. All of this "science" is at the cost of finding the self that we talk about that is possible by another science, the science of yoga. If you want to be objective, we ask you to undergo this experiment - detach yourself from matter. You will get experiential subjective proof that is objectively verifiable.