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The Means of achieving spiritual experience - Shaivism – 09 Sensory Deprivation

Identifier

022569

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Sensory deprivation was achieved by yoga type postures and by closing the eyes, but there were also extreme methods used involving caves, barrows and specially constructed cells within ‘temples’.  If one looks at the descriptions for the Malta temples, for example, the underground cells appear to have been used for provoking rebirth via sensory deprivation.

A description of the experience

Alain Danielou – While the Gods Play 

Yoga is a method of introspection that permits the exploration of the subtle centres, dwelling places of the inner faculties

Samkhya-Karika, 35

The physical sense organs are the openings, the doors through which the Internal Organ perceives exterior objects (but which, at the same time, by confining them, limit the possibilities of perception). Consciousness and the other inner faculties are like spectators gazing through these doors.

The source of the experience

Shaivism

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Door
Window

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Sensory deprivation

Commonsteps

References