Consciousness is even purer than light. It is the purest possibility in existence. If you become totally silent, all boundaries disappear and you will not be able to say who you are.
Whether it is tantra or Yoga or Tao, all these ancient spiritual streams emphasise on one thing and that is to be in tune with the breath if we have to embark on an inner journey and its deeper realms of consciousness. In Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Devi Parvati asks: “O Shiva, what is your reality? What is this wonder-filled universe? What constitutes seed? Who centers the universal wheel? What is this life beyond form pervading forms? How may we enter it fully, above space and time, names and descriptions?”
Shiva replies: “Radiant One, this experience may dawn between two breaths. After breath comes in (down) and just before turning up (out) — the beneficence.”
Thus, Lord Shiva gives some powerful methods of breathing to start with. He tells her that this way, one can experience the fundamental nature of this universe and can go beyond the space and time to understand this transcendental truth.