The Fourth, Fifth, Sixth Steps
There is an interval between the third and fourth step that is crucial. Practice is required, and you need to persist and continue, otherwise our old habits can pull us back. Stage four is where we reach a point called sattvāpatī. It’s a state of clarity and illumination. It is an establishment where we can stand on our own two feet. The next step is a penetration or insight and detachment. We start seeing beyond the appearance of things, we see it from a point of strength. Then there is the level of dissolution, where there is just a unified consciousness. All of our personal effort has fallen away by then, and we are in a state of presence and different level of consciousness altogether.