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At a inferior level of consciousness, the physical senses are nothing but simple, unconscious tools of perception. These senses have an extroverted character and act in direct relation with exterior objects.

But when the yogi ‘s individual consciousness “melts” in the ocean of the All-embracing Supreme Consciousness of God (Shiva), the senses start to perceive the exterior reality in a different way that is not subject to the limits of time.

Thus, they become inner senses, that is, we are now effectively aware of them as spiritual forces acting in the space of a sanctified consciousness.

Filled with the divine light of the great Shiva (Father God), the senses are deified and their activity leads the yogi to the highest spiritual accomplishment, even if they interact with exterior objects.

Thus, senses actually enlighten the yogi’s being after they had been enlightened themselves by Shiva’s divine grace and light.

The yogi realizes this way that the senses are nothing but the pure and vibrating energy (Spanda) of Consciousness that perceives the Divine manifested in the form of sensations.

Shiva’s absolute freedom (svatantrya) manifests in thousands of ways, but here it confers extraordinary happiness through which Shiva manifests and perceives the entire Creation as a continuous pulsating activity of the senses.

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Meanwhile, Shiva retreats and rests in His own nature (svarupa), which is the source of His infinite bliss and of absolute and unconditioned freedom.

Therefore the yogi should look for the divine archetype not only inside himself but outside as well. The one who has reached spiritual perfection (moksha) has his consciousness centered in the Self, continuously reflecting on his true and uncreated nature.

Although he is deeply absorbed in contemplating his divine nature, he does not neglect any of the aspects of the exterior world.

In fact, having a detached attention, he manifests his senses (hearing, sight, etc.) much better he and understands the deep meanings of the multitude of impressions he receives.

Having his mind and his senses active in the manifesting stream of life, but, in the mean time continuously perceiving his divine, eternal and unchanging nature (Atman), the yogi becomes a veritable master of Creation and the possessor of all divine, manifested virtues and powers.

The Spanda school tradition emphasizes that the yogi should attentively notice the “movements” of the senses and perceive them as an extension of Shiva’s activity.

This activity is both the Universal Consciousness itself and the divine, essential, ultimate nature of any human being.

Thus, the yogi will gradually understand and deeply and clearly assimilate the fact that he is continuously infused with the divine pulsating energy (Spanda) that generates and supports any sensorial activity.

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The multiple and complex perceived sensations will make the yogi understand that he is a faithful receiver of any experience granted by the Glorious Divine Light (Mahaprakasha) of the Absolute Consciousness that fills both the subjectivity of his individuality and its surroundings.

There are many spiritual paths and religions that choose and even impose the confinement and austerity of the senses, considering them one of the main sources of suffering in Manifestation (samsara).

On the contrary, the teachings of the Spanda system and, generally, of Kashmir Shaivism assert that the same senses can be a means of revealing the self – in the first stage – through spontaneous enlightening, and of reaching the state of ultimate spiritual liberation – in a more profound and advanced stage.

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