There is a term in samskrta called Brahma. The meaning of Brahma is vast, or that which cannot be measured. Brahma is composed, theoretically of two parts-Shiva, Consciousness, and Shakti, the force which creates differences. In the state where Shakti has no influence on Shiva, it is called Nirguna Brahma. Nir- means without and Guna means binding. There are three binding factors-sentient, mutative and static. Sentient energy gives consciousness the awareness of self, I am. Mutative energy gives self the sense of authority over action, I am responsible for making things happen. Static energy gives a sense of expectation that there will be a result from my action.
These three results of energy influencing consciousness are the cause of cosmic mind or God. In samskrts the word for God is Saguna Brahma. Sa- means with and guna means binding.
So everything that is created out of consciousness, is maintain in consciousness and is destroyed in consciousness is God, G-enerator, O-perator, D-estroyer. Now when a person does meditation the goal of that meditation is to merge energy into consciousness again, that is, to return back to the original state of Nirguna Brahma. This is felt in the individual as a longing. As the meditator does meditation, the longing for union of his or her own energy to be one with consciousness increases, intensifies.
This intense longing for the great is called Dharma in samskrta. It's expression is called bhakti in samskrta meaning devotion. The devotional link between Saguna Brahma and Nirguna Brahma. That devotional link is called Taraka Brahma. Taraka is similar to a door. The door is both in the room and outside the room. Taraka Brahma is both in Saguna Brahma and Nirguna Brahma. It is both in the manifested mind and beyond self. Taraka Brahma is that vastness pulling us into the ultimate state beyond the influence of energy into the state of pure consciousness.