<1>The mental sphere in man is the beginning
of the internal part of man. <2>The first level is the
or subconscious sheath. It is the part which internalizes the
external world. Whatever is in the external world will be created in
this part and stored away to be used later.
<3>In this lower part of the
mind, the desires toward
the external world reside. In other words, the
energy (prana) is
directed outward (desires). So we can say it is the part that the
"beast" (Rev. 13:1), which symbolizes desire, arises from. <4>This
part collects information, elaborates on it, and comes up with the
best decision for the fulfillment of its mundane desires.
<5>Also all the mundane decisions for the
external world are made in this part of the
Universal Mind, which are the collective lower thoughts of the
individual plus the lower thoughts for maintenance of the manifested
universe. <6>We can call this the lower mental world. In this
third layer, the raja (mutative) and satva (sentient) forces are
active, but are under the influence of the
tama guna (external
<7>In the next sheath in the human, the noble
or higher thoughts reside. It is deeper in man and the origin of the
thoughts are not from the external world but from the internal.
<8>Or in other words, the
is directed internally and not externally. So the higher thoughts
prana becomes willpower
and imagination (creative mind) instead of heedless desires. <9>Therefore
the life of the person in this sheath becomes more under his control
and he strives for things higher than only mundane satisfactions
("Man does not live by bread alone"). The
mind becomes spiritualized
(Buddhi). The intentions
will be toward the spiritual world rather than toward illusion (Maya)
of the external world.
<10>In the universe, this can be called the
supramental world. The origin of noble thoughts and ideals occurs
with this part, the
<11>The next sheath is the state beyond
mind, or when it is
realized that all is
Mind or all is
God. It is the state of the
beginning of freedom. <12>It is the state where a great joy (Ananda)
<13>However, still the person is in bondage and has not yet
<14>This state in the universe is also the
state of "All is He," the beginning of the shattering of
ignorance. It is the
collective joy of those who have realized this state.
<15>The sixth state in man is beyond any
sheath. He realizes that "I am
He," or that he is
god also and can enter into
Pure Consciousness and return, because a thin thread is still
left between him and Him. He becomes the master of his
mind (three gunas).
He becomes a
son of God.
<16>This state in the universe is known as
savikalpa or the
state of closeness to objectless-ness.
<17>The next (seventh) is the state of
complete mastering of the illusion of separation. The only thing
left is will and the creative mind. There is no separation between "I
am" and "I AM."
However, through will, he can return to his individual nature as an
<18>There is no heedless desire left but a will to help
others reach the goal also. The direction of
prana is completely
<19>This state in the universe is that of sat
and the world in this state is called satayaloka. It is the absolute
<20>These last two states are described as
<21>Also because of the experiences which
consciousness goes through, he creates an individual character
which will be carried with him any time he comes back to the
manifested world. <22>This individual character will be
enhanced, expanded, and modified by each new experience. So the
nature of the universe is infinitely progressive.