1. As I understood from Sages and Saints
The highest type is the one who has tasted the joy of no-mind. The state of no-mind is the highest state. We are at the peak when we are in the state of no-mind, when we are absolutely silent, when nothing stirs within us, no idea, no thought, when the mind has ceased to create noise, the constant noise. When the mind’s chattering ceases, for the first time we become aware of the music of our own being. Communion is possible because there is no barrier. He knows he is not the body, he is not the mind. He simply knows he is only awareness and nothing else. The body goes on changing, the mind goes on changing, but there is one thing in him which is unchanging, absolutely unchanging; that is his awareness. It was exactly the same when he was a child and it will remain exactly the same when he is an old man. It was the same when he was born and it will be the same when he dies. It was the same before his birth; it will be the same after his death. It is the ONLY thing in existence which is eternal, unchanging, the only thing that abides. And only this eternal awareness can be the true home, nothing else, because everything else is a flux.
2. My Experience
The second type is ME who lives in between, between the first and the third. I have a meditative mind — not a no-mind yet, but a meditative mind. That is, I am on the way. I have learned how to be a little silent, a little more harmonious. The noise is there, but it is a distant noise; I have been able to detach myself from it. I have created a little distance between myself and my mind; I am no more identified with the mind. I do not think, “I am the mind.” The mind is there, still chattering, still playing old tricks, but I am a little alert not to be a slave of the mind. The mind has not left me, but the mind is no longer as powerful as it ordinarily is. In the state of no-mind, the mind has left; the mind has become tired. I on the other hand, who is in between, sometimes falls back into the old pattern, am USED by the mind. It is hide-and-seek. Mind is still not absolutely certain that it has failed; there is still hope, because once in a while I do start listening to the mind, become again identified. The distance is not great; the mind is very close. Any moment — any moment of unconsciousness — and my mind takes over, starts bossing over me again. I have known a few glimpses of the eternal. I can see the Himalayas from thousands of miles away…the snow covered peaks in the early morning sun in an open sky, unclouded sky and I realize that to be on the peak, to abide there, is quite different. The first type ABIDES in no-mind. The second type (ME) has glimpses only — of tremendous value of course, because those glimpses will pave the way so that I can reach the peak. Once I have seen the peak, even from thousands of miles away, the invitation has been received. Now I cannot remain in the world at rest, in the old way. Something is challenging me; something has started calling me forth. An adventure has taken possession of me: I HAVE to travel to the peak. It may take years, maybe lives, but the journey has started. The first seed has fallen into my heart.
3. Reality around me as I see it
And then there is the third type: one who lives identified with the mind, with the ego, with whom even communication is not possible, with whom there is no way to relate. When we become the mind we have become a thing; we are no more separate. We have fallen in sleep. We have lost track of our own self. We have forgotten our reality and have become one with something which we are not. To become one with something that we are not is identification; we go on clinging to the changing; then we create misery, because it changes and we want it not to change. We are asking for the impossible, and because the impossible cannot happen we fall into misery again and again. The young man wants to remain young forever; that is not possible. He will have to become old; the body will have to become old. And when the body is old he will be miserable. But awareness is the same. The body is just like the house; awareness is the host. Deep down within our body and mind complex there is a totally different phenomenon constantly happening. It is neither body nor mind; it is something that can observe body and mind both. It is pure observation. It is the witnessing soul. The first type of man knows that he is unidentified with all that is changing. He is centered in his reality. The third type of man is obsessed with something which he is not. The third type is metaphysically ill. If we ask the awakened one, then the third type is mad, insane. To think our self something which we are not is insanity. if we are not the body or the mind then we are only awareness.