The union of praanan, manas and aatman is one type of
realization. Better watch closely the sequence of events that
take place in the event described above.
Aatman stays at III ventricle. manas is nothing but aatman,
but only a part of it sent down to conduct the bodily
metabolism with praanan. When merger takes place, manas, even
if momentarily, loses its identity; and when this happens,
there is only the aatman. Praanan never loses its identity but
just stays by the side of aatman. When manas is gone, then our
individual identity is also gone. Where then is our mind for
us to claim that I am so and so and that this is my body etc.
This merger demolishes my separate identity, the \91I\92, \91My\92 and
\91Me\92 are all demolished. What remains is only the aatman.
aatman stands as my \91I\92. In fact, I become aatman. Aatman
becomes my reality and identity.
This unexplainable experience, that I am aatman alone, is what
is known as aatma-saakshaatkaara. It is, I am that. This
fantastic event is to be directly experienced and the oneness
achieved. Otherwise, claiming verbally that I am that becomes
This unique experience is supposed to happen to me on daily
basis. But, alas, this may better be hoped for than actually
This is the one part of self-actualization, wherein aatman is
Buddhi blossoms, jnaana dawns and chitta and ahamkaara bloat.
Man the animal becomes man the human. We become human from
now. Earlier we were a form of animality.