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Ektaji, I have one question. You were saying that if one is established in 100% awareness of the subtle body at death, you become enlightened. Does this happen only at the time of death or can it happen even when you are in the waking state?


It is a process. The 100% awareness/complete mindfulness/sakshi bhava happens in the waking state first. Only when you are completely awakened in the waking state, will it move to the subtle and only when you attain the awakening in the subtle will it move to the deep sleep state. When you are aware even in the deep sleep state in the night and every night, when you sleep meditatively, when you turn meditatively in sleep, then only do you manage to be like that at death. The process has been broken down to a detailed level here. There is some more details about what happens/do’s and don’ts at the moment of death that we will discuss in the Upanishads stay tuned for that!


In the deep sleep state if the consciousness is out of the physical body then why doesn’t the physical body stop functioning?


Let’s understand it with an analogy. Have you lit a bonfire ever? When there is enough fuel for the fire, it rises high and is bright yellow. But after a while when the fuel/wood/paper etc. is exhausted, the fire becomes almost non-existent but the embers are still there, if you add fuel to the embers, the fire will light up again.
So now you can say that when the fire is up and bright, it is 100% there but when it is down to the embers, it has reduced to 1%. This 1% is there because the wood exists. The wood is the karma. As long as the karma exists, the flame will burn even if it is at 1%. But 1% is not enough for your physical body to be awake and functioning voluntarily. It is just sufficient for the embers to keep glowing, which means, the involuntary functions like heart-beating and breathing and organs functioning continues on account of Karma.
Another analogy, your consciousness is a flame, your body is the wick of the candle and your karma is the wax. Until the karma is there, the flame will keep burning whether bright or a small blue. When the karma is exhausted, the flame will leave the wick.

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