Nature of Perception
Someone enquired about the nature of perception.
M.: Whatever state one is in, the perceptions partake of that state. The explanation is that in the waking state (jagrat) the gross body perceives gross names and forms; in the dream state (swapna) the mental body perceives the mental creations in their manifold forms and names; in the dreamless deep sleep (sushupti), the identification with the body being lost, there are no perceptions; similarly in the Transcendental state identity with Brahman places the man in harmony with everything, and there is nothing apart from his Self.
Talks With Ramana Maharshi – Part 1
March 28, 1935