When you say "consciousness" not yet swept away - you mean nama rupa not yet entirely swept away?
if you want to waste your time read on...
consciousness is one of the five skhandas, it needs to be swept away if a state of sunyatman is to be attained. every 'thing' must be swept away in order to attain sunyatman, the emptiness body. once everything has been swept away including perception of a self, then one perceives the base on which emptiness/form rests. there is no direction for the mind then, but to become the base. 'this' is acheived by 'this'. this cannot be annihilated, it is absolutely eternal, indestructible, immutable, unchanging. it is what we call suchness.
its reassuring that in ones practice one is still 'this', inspite of having brushed away the five skhandas and direct experience of self/the 5 skhandas.
having said that there is still 'this', if a less developed mind
annihilates the five skhandas one can be trapped in limbo. so it can be dangerous to do so. by limbo i mean that the 'this' that the mind perceives is corroded and replaced by nothingness.
please note that this is only my own experience, and is by no means orthodox. this is the direction that my path has taken.
now, i would say that no special experience or realization is needed. that all of the states mentioned above are unnecessary. that, the buddha is the buddha regardless of any forms of attainment or lack of attainment.
realization of no-self is not necessary.
the bhumis are not necessary.
knowledge of the true nature is not necessary.
meditation is not necessary.
enlightenment is not necessary.you have it, just as you are.
it is not necessary to follow the spiritual path to realize this. there is nothing to realize. everyone and everything is perfect, just as it is. i follow a path, because i do not wish to be negatively affected by cause and effect, but fundamentally even cause and effect are only apparent. actually there is no cause nor effect. at root all is empty. there is nothing to worry about.
suchness:-this is it
Tom is it,
the computer is it,
my meditation is it,
my lack of meditation is it,
the sky is it,
pain is it,
comfort is it,
pop music is it,
jazz is it,
romantic novels is it,
rock is it,
classics are it,
just chilling is it,
working your ass off is it,
so... just make a cup of tea!
you cant get away from it... all is perfect enlightenment. just as it is.
nothing to be, nothing to become. just as you are. this is it.
love, White Lotus. x
WHO NEEDS TO SWEEP AWAY CONSCIOUSNESS?!!!