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When I eat food I do it consciously,when I assimilate it I do it unconsciously; when the food is manufactured into blood, it is done unconsciously; when out of the blood all the different parts of my body are strengthened , it is done unconsciously. And yet it is I who am doing all this; there cannot be twenty people in this one body. How do I know that I do it, and nobody else? it may be urged that my business is only to eat and assimilate the food, and that somebody else does the strengthening of the body by the food for me. That cannot be; because it can be demonstrated that almost every action of which we are now unconscious can be brought up to the plane of consciousness. The heart is beating apparently without control;none of us can control the heart; it goes on its own way. But by practice men can bring even the heart under control, until it will just beat at will,slowly or quickly,or almost stop. Nearly even part of the body can be brought under control.

What does this show? it shows that we also perform the functions,which are beneath consciousness, only we are performing them unconsciously.we have,then,two planes in which the human mind works:
1) First is the conscious plane,in which all work is always accompanied by the feeling of  "I".
2) Next comes the unconscious plane where the work is unaccompanied by  the feeling of  "I".

That part of our mind's work which is unaccompanied by egoism is unconscious work, and that part which is accompanied by our egoism is conscious work. In lower animals this unconscious work is called "instinct". In higher animals, and in the highest of all animals , man, what is called conscious work prevails.

But the matter does not end here. There is a still higher plane on which the mind can work. It can go beyond consciousness. Just as unconsciousness work is beneath consciousness, so there is another sort of work that is above consciousness and that also accompanied by egoism. The feeling of "I" is only on the middle plain. When the mind is above or below that plane,there is no feeling of "I" , and yet the mind works. When the mind goes beyond the plane of self-consciousness, it experiences Samadhi, or super-consciousness. But how do we know that a man in samadhi has not gone below consciousness, has not degenerated instead of going higher? In both cases the experience is unaccompanied by the feeling of "I". The answer is that by the effects, by the result of the work, we know which is below, and which is above.
When a girl goes into deep sleep she enters a plane beneath consciousness. Her body functions all the time; she breaths, perhaps she moves the body in her sleep, without any accompanying feeling of "I"; she is unconscious, and when she returns from his sleep she is the same girl who went into it. The sum total of  knowledge that she had before she went to sleep remains the same; it does not increase at all. there is no progress in the knowledge of her soul. No enlightening comes. But when a she goes into samadhi, if she goes into it a full, he comes out s sage.....As the illumination with which a she comes back from samadhi is much higher than can be got by reasoning in a conscious state, it must therefore be superconsciousness, and so samadhi is called the superconscious state.


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