Reminder: When I write about spiritual teachers I’m not necessarily recommending them or endorsing claims about their states.
A couple of weeks ago I happened to listen to one of Ed Muzika’s satsang talks in which he gives a first-hand description of something that Ramana often recommended: noticing the process of waking from deep sleep.
I think Muzika’s description is independent of anything that Ramana said. Their vocabularies are different, and Ramana describes the I-thought rising from the Heart while Muzika says a light rises from his gut. I think these sorts of “alternative descriptions” are valuable and I recommend this one to you. It begins at 21:53 in the following video.
I’ll point out particularly that Muzika says at 25:12:
Once it got into my head the totality of the world appeared.
Compare to Ramana in Who Am I?:
Just as a spider spins out thread from within itself and again draws it back into itself, so the mind makes the world appear [or projects the world] from within itself and again dissolves it back into itself. When the mind comes out from ātma-svarūpa, the world appears. Therefore when the world appears, svarūpa [one’s own form or real nature] does not appear; when svarūpa appears (shines), the world does not appear.
If you’re accustomed to Ramana’s vocabulary, or more exactly the one used by Ramana’s English translators, Muzika’s vocabulary may be confusing. Muzika’s terminology is like the one used by Nisargadatta’s translators.
When Muzika says “consciousness” he means what Ramana (really, his translators) calls “I-thought” or “mind” or “ego”.
When Ramana (really, his translators) says “consciousness” he means what Muzika calls “awareness”.
Also of interest: Deep Sleep and Self-Realisation | Falling asleep during Self-Enquiry by Tom Das.
The general idea of the waking state coming to that-which-is-really-aware goes back at least as far as Mandukya Upanishad and the notion of turiya.