Om Sathguru Shri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae
God – Mad
1. Those whose minds become unbalanced by an unceasing reiteration of thoughts about God and the spiritual path. They read, talk, and think about God, at the expense of food and sleep, until their minds break under the strain.
2. Those whose minds become paralysed by coming into contact with the atmosphere of highly advanced spiritual being. It is not an uncommon experience that a few who come into contact with Perfect Master himself sometimes exhibit temporary signs of this type of God-madness. They are so uplifted by his contact that for days or weeks their minds are the victims of a state of temporary insanity. In certain rare instances this state of God-madness becomes permanent, particularly in cases where there is an unprepared or accidental contact with the spiritual atmosphere of a higher person. This state of Gods-madness is called by the Sufis, hal – e – dawam.
3. Those who, in Sufi words are called Uftada-e-rah, and in vedantic language, yoga bhrashta. When an aspirant seeks spiritual experiences or under takes a severe spiritual exercise, he may either outstrip the endurance of his mind, or be suddenly deflected from his purpose by the irruption of a crisis in his physical environment. Either of these things may cause such turmoil in his mind that he becomes God-mad.
Such a man is known as Uftada-e-rah or yoga bhrashta, and has fallen in the path before advancing further than the third plane; but this fall is temporary, and his progress is resumed as soon as he takes his new body.
All those in the spiritual path are termed rahravan (singular rahrav), and these rahravan are dominated either by jazb, which means an over powering quality, or by suluk, which is the conscious, natural quality of being aware of what they are doing, and where they are going, on the spiritual path.
A rahrav dominated by jazb is called a Mast, and a rahrav who treads the path with open eyes is called a Salik.