This is it! After 33 Chapters we conclude our presentation of the yogic view of consciousness.
Deepak Chopra interviews me about my book What is Science? on his show One World.
Summary: Here I describe the ten types of samadhi listed in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and how they are related, according to I.K. Taimni’s descriptions in his book The Science of Yoga.
Levels of Understanding
Understanding that the planes exist helps us better understand Leibniz’ monads. To appreciate this claim, let’s back out and consider a broader perspective. Frank Visser, founder of the Integral World website, gives us a very useful categorization about the views of human nature. He breaks these down into how many levels are present in the intellectual scheme.
Summary: There is some specific feature of consciousness that allows it to move among the different planes. The most obvious is the idea of “rate of vibration”. But this doesn’t account for the main dichotomy of consciousness where a subjective self seems embedded in an objective external world. The main idea I explore here is that consciousness is like a Möbius strip: it seems to have two sides, but really only has one side. This Möbius property is what allows consciousness to transfer from one plane to the next. Yoga has long known this property to exist and calls it “bindu”; a hole in consciousness that, as I speculate here, may be the “fold” that allows consciousness to literally shift from pointing in one direction to pointing into another direction, e.g. into another plane.