Mr. Cohen. Vivekachudamani speaks of the ‘I’-‘I’ Consciousness as eternally shining in the Heart, but no one is aware of it.

Bhagavan. Yes, all men without exception have it, in whatever state they may be – the waking, dreaming and dreamless sleep,
– and whether they are conscious of it or not.

C. In the Talks section of Sat-Darshana-Bhashya, the ‘I’-‘I’ is referred to as the Absolute Consciousness, yet Bhagavan once told me that any realisation before Sahaja Nirvikalpa is intellectual.

Bh. Yes, the ‘I’-‘I’ Consciousness is the Absolute. Though it comes before Sahaja, there is in it as in Sahaja itself the subtle
intellect; the difference being that in the latter the sense of forms disappears, which is not the case in the former.

C. Bhagavan, you said yesterday that there exists in the human body a hole as small as a pinpoint, from which consciousness
always bubbles out to the body. Is it open or shut?

Bh. It is always shut, being the knot of ignorance which ties the body to consciousness. When the mind drops in the temporary Kevala Nirvikalpa it opens but shuts again.
In Sahaja it remains always open.

C. How is it during the experience of ‘I’-‘I’ Consciousness?

Bh. This Consciousness is the key which opens it permanently.

- GURU RAMANA. Chapter: Meditation.