The Self in Merging with Siva

A reader of Merging with Siva asks Gurudeva about his references to the Self in the book. Is it always in reference to Parasiva, the timeless, formless, causeless Absolute Reality? Gurudeva tells us that our reason for being on Earth is to realize the Self, and that the first realization is Satchidananda. The more advance realization is Parasiva. MWS refers to both realizations, and the reader must read carefully to distinguish.

Photo of  Gurudeva
Giving a gift begrudgingly in return for another gift is, of course, mere barter. Many families barter their way through life in this way, thinking they are giving. But such gifts are cold, the fulfillment is empty, and the law of karma pays discounted returns.
—Gurudeva