<1>As he started to reach a higher
consciousness, he became a more sentient (satvic)
being. Not only did his happiness, feeling of belonging to the
universe and surroundings, increase, but also he started to realize
more about himself and the forces which were within.
<2>He realized the spiritual power (raja
guna), and the
crudifying force (tama
guna) within, and through meditating on them, he realized them
on an even deeper level.
<3>He also realized the dual nature of his being
as "positive and negative" ().
<4>These two polarities can be found universally in all of
has both polarities as positive and negative, they balance each
other and He becomes neutral. <6>However,
God in Its purest form -- beyond the influence of the
(gunas) -- is
Pure Consciousness. In this state He just "IS" - Formless,
Nameless, Invisible, and Eternal, neither
consciousness had not yet mastered the power of the
completely. So still there were times when he would feel its
influence and would go from happiness to helplessness, up and down.
these struggles he also realized how his surrounding environment
affected him. When there is a greater amount of the tama force
(impure) present in the environment, the unhappiness, fear, and all
bad propensities because of the tama guna (lower nature) increase.
So he avoided such an environment and tried to keep himself away
from such influences. <9>He realized how necessary
a sentient (proper) environment is for spiritual progress.
state he realized how many other
consciousnesses around him were lost and needed help, and if he
could aid others to reach higher consciousness, it would be possible
to create a better environment.
he tried to help them. With this, he realized that even a greater
happiness was created in him, because in the process of helping
not being self-centered), he would forget about himself. <12>This
resulted in negation of his
and the flow of
God's Spirit (Grace)
<13>That is the
key to happiness and joy, to forget the self for a greater task.
It is to help others to reach higher consciousness and create an
that allows all to reach the highest level of realization possible.
So the feeling of
self-centeredness is forgotten and the cause of unhappiness
of happiness is not to think about the self all the time but to
forget it by sacrificing to help others to grow.
<15>So again, he
started even a greater struggle in overcoming the egotism and
(mastering the power of the
tama guna). With this process, by gaining wisdom to do
(from knowledge but not from
ignorance or passion) and by helping others through more
sacrifice, he came to
a higher consciousness. Then even a greater desire to help
others was created. <16>Eventually by becoming
other-centered instead of being self-centered, he overcame the
and with this he overcame his lower nature and entered the
<17>Although he had overcome his lower nature
and eagerly was sacrificing to help others, still he had not
mastered the power of the
tama guna completely.
There were times that the discouragement would come to him and he
would wonder why, with all his sacrificing for others, they were not
progressing and there was not a great result. <18>Or he might
have thought how wonderful he was in sacrificing so much for others.
<19>However, later on a greater realization came
to him, that being attached to the result of one's action is a
hindrance in spiritual progress. He offered the result of his
<20>Therefore, he shattered all bondages which
would stand in his way, slow down his progress, and bind him. Now he
would do the actions with the highest possible efficiency but would
throw the result away (to the universe).
<21>With this, there would be no attachment to the result.
<22>Therefore, first of all there would be no
anxiety if the result did not turn out to be the best, because he
had tried his utmost but if the result was not ideal, he was not
attached to it. <23>Secondly, there would be no
ego built up of "How great
I am that
I am doing so much good."
<24>He realized also, that
God is even greater than
God is the One doing the
actions through him. He is only a
channel for those
<25>In this case no "I" is left but "He." So he would radiate
as a channel.