The one and only down side to this new range of hyper sensitivity is the normal senses are on high volume. For example, if someone is standing behind me and crushes a plastic bag it is as if every neuron in my body is getting screamed at. When someone comes to talk to me or offer prasad, I just about jump out of my skin, but minor details for what I am learning. No complaints, just living as an amoeba in a petri dish.
(Keep in mind I am paraphrasing from the reading and adding a western, white, woman's limited knowing to the equation.) A disciple of Ramakrishna asked him about combining knowledge with devotion and he recommended going for the pure devotion to minimize the challenges of the mind leaking in and limiting the growth potential from devotion. He talked about the many, many paths, but the answer was based on simplicity. He went on to say the knowledge path has substance to it, but the mind can get tricky about even talking one out of being devotional when the two are combined. I can really appreciate the wisdom. It has been a welcomed relief to add the devotional angle into the mix for me, but I have been pulling on the reins for quite some time. Gurudev had suggested if I was going to read one spiritual master's work, Ramakrishna was the suggestion (at least for my path), so I feel the support of my experiences showing up in the reading everyday is like a fact check. When I was getting to know Ramakrishna's teachings and about orange robed beings, I was fact checking the information with Gurudev. This way, he gets a rest from all of my inquiring. Nice practice too for when I live on the other side of the globe and don't have access to the living feet. Constantly astounded by the lesson plan.