17 Oct VAT: Awakening and going back to sleep
In college I took a philosophy course that was taught by an Indian (dot, not feather) professor. While it was not part of the curriculum, the professor was always encouraging us to get into Transcendental Meditation; convinced it forever changed his life; from lethargic he had became energetic, from careless to responsible. One wintery Tuesday at 11 in the morning, the professor didn’t show up for class. Funny, odd, as there was no notice on the door indicating the class was cancelled. In any event, after a while we realized he wasn’t coming so we left to get on with the rest of our day. A couple of days later, the professor did make it to class and explained his earlier absence: “I woke up early enough to make the class Tuesday morning. However, before class I did an hour of TM. It was fabulous, a total awakening like never before; felt terrific; so good that I decided to go back to sleep and missed the class.”
Sometimes, when we glimpse enlightenment, we choose to return to the sleep state we inhabit generally, simply because it feels warm and comfortable.