What is Intuition?

sun_coreYou must have noticed that articles with a title in the form of a question do not really provide answers. I am very conscious of this but I wrote few articles with titles in the form of a question anyway:

What is devotion?
How do I know?
Why is uncertainty intrinsic in the Cosmos?
What is Spin?
Why so many fields?

In those articles I tried my best to provide some answers and some original thoughts. This short article is written in the same spirit.

If intuition is a brain function then

  • entire spiritual philosophy collapses
  • spiritual practice becomes meaningless

I assure you that intuition is more – much more – than a brain function

  • Intuition is a divine gift to humans
  • Intuition is inversely proportional to ego
  • Meditation improves intuition
  • Intuition is receptivity to divine inspiration
  • Intuition is like information leak from the Cosmic Mind

In Sanskrit the intuitional faculty of the human mind is known as Vigyanamaya Kosha. Human beings attain true knowledge through the intuitional faculty when their ego is perfectly transparent. Intuitional knowledge grows as the ways of ego are known and its demands are controlled. The human being who is established in true knowledge is not egoless but the ego is perfectly transparent. You cannot see the ego but it is still there to hold the knowledge.

The Vigyanamaya Kosha is part of the “causal layer” of the human mind. A portion of the mind is called the “causal mind” because this is the layer that orders and organizes life. The “causal mind” is always active in the life of a human being. During waking, dreaming and dreamless sleep the “causal mind” is active. The long sleep in the causal mind is called death because without an active “causal mind” life is not possible.

The 3 layers Atimanas Kosha, Vigyanamaya Kosha and Hiranmaya Kosha which are the innermost (highest if you like) layers of the human mind are collectively known as the “causal layer.” The causal layer of the human mind is the same as the causal layer of the Cosmic Mind. This means that we are all connected to each other and to the Cosmos. When ego becomes transparent we become aware of this cosmic connection and start receiving intuitive knowledge.

The life-giving core of our being – the soul – is a reflection of the life-giving core of the Cosmos. The life-giving sun at the heart of Cosmos is known as the Cosmic Soul (Parama Purusha, Purushottama, Atman, Divine Center). Being a reflection of that infinite brightness our souls multiply infinity by infinity. The only problem is that the soul is covered and darkened by the thick walls of ego. This is why I use the concept of transparency. By spiritual practice we slowly make the walls of ego transparent. Then the light of the soul reaches the mind. This is intuition.


About Suresh Emre

I have worked as a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory. I am a volunteer for the Renaissance Universal movement. My main goal is to inspire the reader to engage in Self-discovery and expansion of consciousness.
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