Kutastha Chaitanya

Definition - What does Kutastha Chaitanya mean?

Kutastha chaitanya is a Sanskrit term considered by some to be synonymous with Christ Consciousness. Kutastha means “that which is unchanged” and chaitanya means “consciousness.”

The concept refers to the idea that consciousness is universal and common in all things. This purity of consciousness is what makes all things one. The common consciousness is the witness of the mental vrittis, or modifications and workings of the mind, but it is not affected by these. The mind is different for each individual and, for most people, is said to limit them from experiencing kutastha chaitanya.

In the state of kutastha chaitanya, all the universe is experienced and felt as one by the yogi: there is no longer any separation between the individual and universal Consciousness.

Yogapedia explains Kutastha Chaitanya

Another way of considering kutastha chaitanya is by considering it to be the consciousness of God, which is projected onto and present in all of creation. This is related to the Christian concept of Christ being the purest reflection of God the Father as manifest in the physical realm. Yogis believe that Christ, along with Krishna and other avatars, manifest the oneness with God.

Some say that kutastha chaitanya can be perceived through meditation as an image of a spiritual eye. This is said to appear as an outer bright orange ring, surrounding a blue center, with a small five-pointed white star in the center. The causal world (or kutastha chaitanya) is represented by the large blue center, while the orange ring is the energy of the astral world and the white star symbolizes the infinite Cosmic Consciousness. Through meditation, the intention is to enter this white star and experience oneness with God.

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