Further elaborating on the saptha Bhomika, I have given my analysis.
The saptha bhoomikas are mentioned in the Kaivalya Navaneetam. Points were taken from it also.
1 Subheccha: Desire for truth OR enlightenment.
The knowledge of the existence of Supreme makes one to wean from unedifying associations and desires,
Investigation into the truth i.e. enquiry or mananam.
To associate with enlightened sages, learn from them and reflect on the truth, is called investigation
Pure and attenuated mind (tenuous mind).
To be free from desires by meditating on the Truth with faith, is the attenuation of the mind
4 Sattvapatti: The realisation of the truth (self-realisation) Aparoksha Jnani or Brahmavid.
The shining forth of the highest knowledge in the mind owing to the development of the foregoing conditions, is realisation.
Takes up VIDVAD SANSAYASA
A detached outlook on the universe and its contents (non-attachment).
To be free from illusion by firm realisation of Truth is the detached outlook on the universe.
Further the mind becomes thinner. Jnani feels concern for the maintenance of the body;
6 Padarthabhavani: Untainted awareness of Self. (Non-perception of objects).
The bliss of the non-dual Self, devoid of triads [knower, knowing, known, and so on] is untainted awareness of Self
The mind becomes thinner and thinner. Jnani is reminded of about his body by others. They remain Samadhi.
7 Turiya: the highest and indescribable state. (transcendence).
Sublime silence of the very nature of Self is Turiya.
The mind disappears. Jnani never becomes aware of the body either by himself or through others. They remain Samadhi.
Further explanation given about 4th to 7th Bhomikas are:
Prarabdha, i.e. karma which is bearing fruit, differs according to the actions of the persons in past incarnations. Therefore their present pursuits also differ among jnanis who are all, however, liberated even here. They may perform holy tapas; or engage in trade and commerce; or rule a kingdom; or wander about as mendicants.
The Aparoksha Jnani who by steadfast practice have gained clear realisation of Brahman, continues to perform even the hard duties of their caste and stage in life, exactly as prescribed by the shastras, for the benefit of others, without themselves swerving from their supreme state.
Should passions rise up they disappear instantly and cannot taint the mind of the Aparoksha Jnani who lives in society detached like water on a lotus leaf. They look ignorant, not showing forth their knowledge and remain mute owing to intensity of inward bliss.
They would not think of the past or future; would partake of what comes unsolicited; would not wonder if the sun turned into the moon or at any marvel, whether the sky were to spread its shoots down like a banyan tree or a corpse were to be revived; nor would they distinguish good and bad, for they always remain as the unchanging witness of all.
Although there are distinguishing characteristics in the lives of the different stages, who are themselves very rare in the world, yet there is absolutely no difference in the experience of liberation
Hari Om, With regards,