|33. When this
concept 'I am' departs there will be no memory left that 'I was' and
'I had' those experiences, the very memory will be erased.
The knowledge 'I am' is the very seed of memory and all
information functions through it, it forms the basis of the mind. It
is bound to tire out and hence there is sleep, otherwise you would
die if you didn't sleep. But sleep is not the complete departure of
the 'I am' it's only held in abeyance and after sleep it gets
refreshed and starts its activity again maintaining the continuity.
No wonder if your name is called aloud in sleep you wake up and
respond saying 'that's me'! Physical death is the total departure of
the 'I am' and nothing is retained. For the 'Realized One' who has
transcended the 'I am', memory and the 'I am' are available to him,
he may or may not use them, they are not 'lodged' in him anymore.
Only the 'Realized One' can understand this state.