prior to consciousness
Our path takes one right to the point where birth happens. The point where the “I am” is born, not just the body. On a mysterious state beyond Being and non-Being, this “I am” happens. From there, simultaneous with that point, the consciousness, world, beings and happenings occur.
The deepest aspect of the path is prior to consciousness, and world, it perceives the world and the body and the consciousness emerge and this is perception of “birth’ from prior to birth. Prior to consciousness, before the “I am” - this is the mysterious liberation place. It is your actual home and identity - except that it is nothing that can be called an identity but some-non-thing far more mysterious than that.
The easiest way is to draw the luminosity of awareness into the deep sleep state. If you can observe in wordless awareness the waking state arise from the deep sleep state then you will also have revealed to you exactly how the “I am” and world arise from the mystery of the nothingness state.
For one who has seen the “how” of birth then there is no death. The play of body and world have never truly implied any birth of an individual. Individuals are simply moments of happening, waves rising and falling. When the so called individual is unconscious of how “appearance” and “beingness” arose then there is confusion, suffering and alienation.
For one who comes to know this “I amness” and how it arose, where it comes from and what is prior to it then appearance is the fullness and play-fullness of mystery - but does not imply separation, birth and death. It will be rare to find one who has any interest in these words. When mysterious openess-luminosity dressing in the clothing of illusion - the ”I am” state - then the “I am” state putting on the clothing of this and that moment and being - all interest in the origin and truth of Beingness is forgotten. Then beings suffer and seek an end to suffering in the very “stuff” of suffering - it can never work but one becomes blind to the solution. Even the question of what it is that is born and dies is not found interesting ... what is it that hears through my ear, sees through my eye?
If you can come to know on what, from what, does this consciousness and world happen... on the deep sleep state the dreaming state arises. If you can see this directly then you can also know on what consciousness and world happen. for this a very subtle, sensitive, consciousness is needed. Then you will know on what, to what, this thing called birth happened and death itself will simply disappear in laughter.
It is for this knowledge that the differing methods of tantra are used. Each method is a way to know how differing states happen and to what, to whom, they happen. Knowledge of the truth indeed will set you free.