Consciousness is the intelligence that created this universe and is also the intelligence that governs (i.e. sustains, changes, and continues to expand) this universe. Human evolution, in its attempt to make life easier has primarily focussed on overcoming external challenges through science and technology, and in the process forgotten the art of how to tap into the source of all intelligence.

Any individual who is oblivious to this source of absolute intelligence can be considered to be unconscious.

There comes a time when we ponder the question of the meaning of life and our purpose. This is the start of a journey of coming into consciousness and generally, the starting point of inquiry is a partial understanding of religion or for that matter spirituality.

Almost all humans live a successive life, (following one another or following others), this state of living is termed as living unconsciously. There comes a time in every individual’s life when the individual begins to question every aspect of life. This is the starting point of coming into consciousness – coming into awareness. Awareness is defined as knowledge or perception of a situation or a fact.

The unconscious life is generally driven by fears, worldly attachments, and fulfilling individual desires, this phase is symbolic of a lot of inner restlessness which translates to struggle in the outer world. This is a very important phase of life and should not be fast-tracked, it must be lived with awareness, it must be lived fully to complete satisfaction, with an absolute awareness that this is a phase of slowly and gradually letting go of all restlessness, struggles, and sense gratification and coming alive to consciousness. There are valuable lessons of spirituality and secrets of how to live consciously, engrained in these life experiences. A mature, calm, and peaceful culmination of this phase is the coming into consciousness of the individual. As an Individual embarks on this journey of coming into consciousness everyone connected with that person also experiences the same inner state of being that is termed as conscious mirroring.

A spiritual practice, Saadhana is an extremely important aspect of this transitionary phase as this helps in stabilizing the fluctuating PRANIC forces active inside an individual. Saadhana is the tool that helps the individual navigate inner turmoil to attain a state of calm and peace.

Saadhana can be any activity undertaken by the individual that brings the mind, the body, the heart, and the spirit to a point of unwavering attention at ONE POINT. As an individual progresses in his/her Saadhana overcoming all physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual dependency, a sense of peace, security, contentment, and freedom starts growing within the individual.

Saadhana opens the doors to knowledge and wisdom.

Wisdom involves exceptional breadth and depth of knowledge gained from Life experiences that lead to good judgment and understanding about the purpose of life given its uncertainty. Wisdom is a core experiential knowledge-based virtue that is hard found and that is used for good. Wisdom is a form of noble intelligence in the presence of which no one is resentful and everyone appreciative. When such intelligence finds the individual, it is the beginning of Transcendence.

Transcendence comes from the Latin prefix trans-, meaning “beyond,” and the word scandere, meaning “to climb.” When an individual has gone beyond ordinary limitations, it can be said that he has transcended.

Thus, you see a lot of humans today engaged in a lot of extreme physical activity to overcome their limitations, failing to understand that physical challenges only constitute 6.66% of the total combined effort required to transcend. The most difficult challenge to transcend is posed by ideas and ideologies that have been established during the early stages of human evolution based on their limited and localized intelligence, definitely not wisdom. These ideas and ideologies are so deeply entrenched in the human psyche and the collective consciousness that it needs unfaltering commitment to expand the limits of understanding, perseverance, and continuously enhancing wisdom if one were to succeed to understand how the cause-and-effect mechanism works in keeping the balance in this universe.

Transcendence refers to the very highest and most inclusive or holistic levels of human consciousness, behaving and relating, as ends rather than means, to oneself, to significant others, to human beings in general, to other species, to nature, and to the cosmos. This is almost perfectly aligned with the Vedanta principle of Vasudaiva Kutumbhakam.