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Get established in the ‘I am’ without words, the ‘Paravani’, but you the Absolute are not that.

The ancient ones have classified ‘Vani’ or speech into four categories: ‘Vaikhari’ which is the spoken word, ‘Madhyama’ is of the mind or unspoken tangible word, it is thought or thinking. Then comes the ‘Pashyanti’ it is the formative stage when the word is still intangible and finally is the ‘Para’ or the wordless source of all speech. When we speak it involves all these in a brisk or swift sequential movement. The ‘Vani’ (speech) is but one, only for understanding it has been classified, and it flows out in the order: Para, Pashyanti, Madhyama and Vaikahri. These four in that order are said to correspond to the ‘Turiya’ (the fourth), deep sleep, dreaming and waking states of consciousness. As you revert you come back from the spoken word to the wordless ‘I am’ which is the ‘Turiya’ or ‘Paravani’ state. But you, the Absolute, you are none of these.
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