THE HOLIEST The Essence
And the Lord
God formed man of the
dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the
breath of life; and man became a living soul.
<1>When the first expression of awareness
appeared as a sound vibration, "The
Word," time was perceived. When this manifested universe started
to be created, the reality of space became understood, and the
atom was built.
<2>In Sanskrit, the
atom (Anu) is called "Avidya,"
atom in the
is called "the dust of the ground" which is the
atom in its first stages and also can be called the "cosmic
dust." <3>Man did not have the same body as we know it
today. His body was made more of psychic and spiritual factors.
<4>However, he had many basic things in common
with the man of today. <5>He had a
Soul (he was a
unit consciousness), which had a unit
three gunas). This
unit being resided in the ethereal factor (spirit),
but he also gradually obtained a material body consisting of the
four other elements, namely, aerial, luminous, liquid, and solid. <6>The four-elemental-material body can only link itself to the
psychic (spirit) or
Soul and its ethereal
factor) with the coordinating
of the Soul). This fine element in the
is symbolized as "the
of life" and is also called "prana."
<7>Prana is the
life-force of the
body. It brings contact between different parts of the body
and Soul, and maintains their inter-balance. <8>It is the
out-going and in-coming
energy from the Soul (raja
prana, which is more
subtle than the aerial factor, can be found in much fresh air and is
even more necessary for survival than oxygen. <10>It is
life-force which is
also available in other elements in nature besides air. It is
the living element that can be controlled, directed, and used for
many purposes in human life. <11>It is the
life-force of all
living things and is the outgoing and in-coming life-energy
of the Soul (collectively and individually).
<12>Not only was the human created in the image
God in respect to the Soul,
but also his body is in the resemblance and image of the universe.
It consists of seven levels. <13>The first five levels of
these seven stages are called sheaths or koshas.
<14>They correspond to the seven worlds (lokas)
in the universe. But because, in the first five levels, man is
bound to those levels and there is an illusion of separation that
exists between him and the external world (universe,
God), so there a layer
(veil) exists between him and the outside. <15>That is why
these first five stages are like a sheath between him and the
<16>But the same stages in the universe are
called worlds, because for the universe there is no separation
between these stages and the universe itself. They are a part of it.
<17>The first sheath, corresponding to the first
world, is the physical body of man which consists of solid, liquid,
luminous, aerial, and ethereal factors.
<18> The second is the
pranic sheath which is
life-force from the
Soul and the universe.
<19>The third and fourth are the lower and higher mental
sheaths. <20>In the lower mental sheath, the
energy is going outwardly and worldly desires arise from it.
<21>In the higher mental sheath, the
is internalized (going inward) and desires become controllable, the
imagination and willpower increase, and the noble thoughts arise.
<22>The fifth sheath is the state of
self-realization (control of the tama and
raja gunas), which results in great joy.
<23>The sixth and seventh states are the states
of freedom from illusion (sheaths). <24>In the sixth state,
the person becomes the master of the
three gunas and feels one with
God, but still maintains a very small "i" as a separate entity.
<25>In the seventh state, there is no "i" left and he reaches
<26>In this last stage, the pranic
energy is completely
internalized and the individual Soul becomes pure
<27>Through this internalized
mutative force (raja
guna) which becomes willpower, the
consciousness can return to the external world only by willing
to do so.
<28>By creating the manifested universe, the
evolutionary process, and the human,
God guides the
<29>With the attraction of the external world (Maya),
and because of the
ignorance of man of his Divinity as "I
am" one with the "I AM,"
<30>he becomes a slave of his illusion that he is a separate
being in the whole universe, <31>and he becomes more and more
lost because of the impulses of his desires and attachments to the
external world. <32>Only after many lifetimes, he reaches a
point where he realizes that there should be more in life than this
heedless pursuance of the lower nature which brings so much
<33>That is when he starts searching for more
meaningful realities than these unsatisfying, impulsive desires,
which are the root of all suffering.
<34>That is when he will be helped and be shown the way to
salvation, and is the reason for this creation and