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The Evolution Of Consciousness



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Last month, in Part 3, Kamlesh D. Patel described the journey we embark upon to expand consciousness and the role of Yogic Transmission, as well as some of the basic spiritual anatomy associated with the beginning of the inner journey.

In Part 4, he now explores with us in more detail how we become entangled in worldly issues, how that expresses in the spiritual anatomy of a human being, and what we can do to remove the impressions that form.


In Part 2 of this series, we explored the need to refine and purify the subtle body, so that consciousness can expand and evolve. In fact, without this cleaning of the subtle body there is no real evolution. What needs to be cleaned from the subtle body?

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine the subtle body, the heart-mind field of a human being, as a vast field of subtle energy, of consciousness. If it helps, imagine it is like a large body of water. When the field is pure, it is absolutely still and calm, like a glassy lake. When it is disturbed by turbulence, it is choppy and rough, and the water is moving in all directions. Eddies of water form, creating currents.

Similarly, the subtle body can also be filled with turbulence, due to the many impressions that form on a daily basis. When these impressions become more fixed, they lodge in our system creating heaviness and knots of energy that eventually solidify. They are known in the yogic literature as samskaras, and because of their materiality they are the cause of our coming again and again into this physical plane of existence through birth and rebirth.

So how do we form impressions in the subtle body? Let’s understand the way they form, and how each impression is drawn by its vibration to a particular centre in the human system. When we read the works of Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur, he gives a beautiful example. You are walking home and you notice a beautiful rose flower blossoming, so you admire its beauty. The next time you are passing, you go near and admire its beauty in more detail. The next day, you feel like holding that flower in your hand and smelling it. Progressively a day may come when you say, “Let me take this rose bush home.”

We are attracted to some things, like the beautiful rose flower and its fragrance, and we dislike others, like the thorns of the rose bush. Our orientation – our attraction or repulsion – creates an emotion in our heart. That emotion is not in the mind; it is always in the heart. It forms an impression. When we repeat that emotion again and again, it forms a deeper habitual pattern in our heart, that becomes more and more fixed as a samskara: “I don’t like spaghetti,” “I am scared of my boss,” “I love to go swimming,” “I do not trust men,” etc. etc. This belief then affects the way we live our daily life, coloring our perception and decisions.


“Our orientation – our attraction or repulsion – creates an emotion in our heart… It forms an impression. When we repeat that emotion again and again, it forms a deeper habitual pattern in our heart, that becomes more and more fixed as a samskara.”

We face different types of problems, issues, likes and dislikes in worldly life. When we are constantly worrying about our worldly problems, a level of anxiety and worry builds up, and accordingly this forms heaviness in the heart. No one can escape worldly worries and everything in moderation is tolerable. When we worry about something it is a good indication that we have to act upon it, but worrying about it perpetually, without acting to solve the problem, is only going to make it worse. When we constantly think about worldly problems and brood over them it affects point A, which is found close to the heart on the left side of the chest.

Another part of human existence is our attraction towards the opposite sex. Again, when it is in moderation it is tolerable, but when it overburdens us those impressions form at point B.

When we have strong likes and dislikes, what we also call prejudices for and against certain things and people, we may not speak about them but we are constantly playing with them in our hearts, and they affect our thinking often without us knowing they are doing so. Those impressions are deposited at point C.

Guilt is one of the heaviest impressions we can form. It arises out of something we did not do but should have done, or something we did but should not have done. Guilt gives rise to so much heaviness in the heart and this heaviness is deposited at point D.

To find point A, measure two finger widths to the right side to your left nipple, and then three fingers down.

Go two finger widths further down from point A to find point B.

Go two finger widths further down from point B to find point C. It will be on the lowest rib, directly underneath points A and B.

Go two finger widths to the left to find point D, exactly below the nipple.

This is the anatomical aspect of these points to which we attract certain impressions. These are not the only points in the human system where impressions lodge, but they are some of the most important and a good place to start.

Why is it helpful to share this knowledge? So that we become more aware. When we notice impressions lodging, we can adjust ourselves and clean ourselves, instead of judging things all the time.

Self-acceptance is a very vital attitude in any process of personal transformation. Without it, we stay stuck in judgement and it is difficult to then let go of the impressions; instead we go round and round thinking about them, making them deeper. It also becomes difficult to develop love for ourselves without self-acceptance. Without self-love, we are handicapped, and love for others will also not develop. We will not get to first base.


“Self-acceptance is a very vital attitude in any process of personal transformation. Without it, we stay stuck in judgement and it is difficult to then let go of the impressions; instead we go round and round thinking about them, making them deeper. It also becomes difficult to develop love for ourselves without self-acceptance.”

The process of cleaning removes these impressions that form around the heart, creating lightness and a carefree feeling. With this we can happily work on changing ourselves, and the journey begins.

Cleaning is an integral part of the daily Heartfulness practice, and is done in the evening after the day’s work. It complements meditation by purifying the subtle body. It is one of the most incredible tools we have for self-development, as it removes those habits and patterns that keep us stuck in our own little world and prevents us expanding our consciousness into the vastness that is waiting us on our journey of self-discovery.

In Part 5, we will explore more of the inner journey of the human experience.

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Article by KAMLESH D. PATEL


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The Evolution of Consciousness – PART 3



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Last month, in Part 2, Kamlesh D. Patel described the subtle body of a human being, including how it evolves, and the importance of a meditative practice in that process. In this issue, he introduces us to the journey we embark upon to expand consciousness and the role of Yogic Transmission in that journey.


Just to recap, it is the subtle body that evolves, and as a result consciousness evolves, allowing us to transform and design our destiny. As we purify and simplify the subtle body, the joy of the soul radiates from within, and we are able to expand our consciousness into higher states, revealing more and more of our human potential.

In Part 2, we looked at the process of refinement and purification of the subtle body, so that consciousness can expand and evolve. The purer and simpler our vibrational field, the more we can observe, explore, and expand across the spectrum of subconsciousness, consciousness and superconsciousness. In fact, without this cleaning of the subtle body, there is no real inner journey! As we progress, our ego becomes more and more refined, we develop wisdom and uncover the world of feeling and beyond, all of which are possible through a system of heart-based meditation with cleaning of the subtle body.


The purer and simpler our vibrational field, the more we can observe, explore, and expand across the spectrum of subconsciousness, consciousness and superconsciousness.

There is also a second process that aids our journey into higher and higher states of consciousness. Without it, we would not maneuver past the obstacles, like with any journey into unknown universes. That vital ingredient is Yogic Transmission, known in the yogic literature as pranahuti. More particularly, it is Yogic Transmission utilised by a teacher of caliber.

We often think of spiritual teachers – yogis, mystics, saints, sufis and shamans – as being full of wisdom and love. They speak wisely, and inspire us with wonderful words and insights. But words on their own are not catalysts for inner transformation. Wisdom can encourage and inspire us to want to change and evolve, but it does not make the transformation happen.

While love is transformative, as we know from worldly life – love can work miracles, conquer all, and make the world go round – the love required for inner evolution of consciousness is a universal love that is beyond anything we normally understand in worldly life. Here the teacher’s role is paramount.

The transformative effect of Yogic Transmission has been one of the greatest mystical secrets throughout the ages. What was once passed down only from heart to heart by spiritual teachers of caliber to their immediate disciples, is now openly available to all humanity. And this process requires explanation.


The transformative effect of Yogic Transmission has been one of the greatest mystic secrets throughout the ages. What was once passed down only from heart to heart by spiritual teachers of caliber to their immediate disciples is now openly available to all humanity.

Some basic spiritual anatomy

In Part 1 of this series, we spoke about the three bodies of a human being – the physical, mental and causal; body, mind and soul; matter, energy and absolute; the three major states of existence in physics also – energy solidified into matter, energy as vibrational field, and potential energy in its unmanifested state.

It starts to become really interesting when we realize that the centre or connecting link of these three bodies is the heart.That is why scientists these days are finding that the electromagnetic field of the heart is the dominant field in the human body.2

From this vibrational heart, currents radiate out into worldly life. Some are directed towards the physical world of matter – we need energy to exist and perform actions in the physical plane, e.g. walking, lifting, gardening, dancing, exercising, and so on.

Some of the heart’s currents are also directed into the mental sphere of existence: thinking, studying, teaching, research, problem-solving, or engaging in any other way in the field of knowledge and wisdom.


In a person who wants evolution of consciousness, some of the heart’s current needs to turn inward, away from the external world.

Now, in a person who wants evolution of consciousness, some of the heart’s current needs to turn inward, away from the external world.

We can also explain it like this: the stream of thoughts we constantly receive from the universe comes from the cosmic realm, where everything originates, what we call brahmand mandal in yoga. Imagine the stream is descending from above, down through the crown of the head into our system. The thought stream descends into the heart and in most people 99 percent of it goes outwards from the heart, to be used in worldly life.

When the inner journey starts, one stream of the heart’s current is diverted inwards. Not all, as we still have to live in the world, look after a family, manage a job etc., but enough so that the pull of the soul is felt.

On the left side of the chest, the currents are radiating outwards into worldly life from the point where the physical heart is found. When one stream is turned inwards, it turns towards the right side of the chest, to the point in the human spiritual anatomy known as the atman chakra or soul point. This is the spiritual heart of a human being.

The catalyst for this inward movement is a teacher of caliber, who utilizes Yogic Transmission for this purpose. As we then continue to meditate, we are drawn towards the inner universe and start to integrate it with worldly life, so that both continue side by side.

But this inward movement can be a difficult transition. It is like moving from one galaxy to another, and as with any change the mind rebels, feeling uncomfortable at first, much like when we move from one house, one city or one job to another. It takes a while to settle in. This is itself the first hurdle in our journey of expansion of consciousness. If we can cross that hurdle, the first step in the battle is won! Now we enter the realm of a different type of human consciousness – that of the immense peace and calm of the soul point.

…But this is just the beginning of our journey.

In Part 4, we will explore in more detail how our minds keep us entangled in worldly issues that stifle the expansion of consciousness, and how we can address this through spiritual practice.

To be continued…

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1 Ram Chandra of Fatehgarh, Truth Eternal, 2015, Shri Ram Chandra Mission, India
2 Reported by HearthMath and others.
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About Kamlesh D. Patel

Kamlesh Patel is the world teacher of Heartfulness, and the fourth spiritual Guide in the Sahaj Marg system of Raja Yoga. He oversees Heartfulness centers and ashrams in over 150 countries, and guides the thousands of certified Heartfulness trainers who are permitted to impart Yogic Transmission under his care. Known to many as Daaji, he is also an innovator and researcher, equally at home in the inner world of spirituality and the outer world of science, blending the two into transcendental research on the evolution of consciousness. Building on the insights of his first Guide, Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur, he is expanding our understanding of the purpose of human existence to a new level, so necessary at this pivotal time in human history.


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Plastic eating microbes to the rescue: evolution may be finding a solution to the problem of plastic waste

Last week Sami covered news that microplastics are found in 93% of bottled water and the highest microplastic contamination levels ever were found in an English river.

The preferred solution to pollution requires acting at the source to prevent the contaminants from entering the environment in the first place. But as it is clear there is already a big mess to clean up, and as we probably won’t stop using plastics today, it seems worth looking at progress in managing the problem. So we circled back around on Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6 (i. sakaiensis for short), a microbe that Japanese scientists found merrily munching away on polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

It has long been known that if you give a population of microbes a reduced level of food source and a lot of contaminants that they could chew on if they get hungry enough, evolution will do the rest. As soon as one or two mutations favors digesting the new (contaminant) food source, those microbes will thrive – they now have unlimited food, compared to their friends trying to survive on traditional sources of energy.

It therefore makes perfect sense that the Japanese scientists found that evolution has achieved the same miracle in the environment of a waste plastic storage facility, where abundant PET exists for the dining pleasure of any microbe that could bust the enzyme barrier and learn how to eat the stuff.

Of course, the next step is to figure out if such natural talents can be used to serve humanity. The i. sakaiensis has proven to be more efficient than a fungus that was described earlier as contributing to the natural biodegradation of PET — which takes centuries without the help of this newly evolved microbe.

Scientists of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have reported the most recent advances in study of i. sakaiensis. They have succeeded to describe the 3-D structure of the enzymes used by i. sakaiensis, which can help in understanding how the enzyme approaches “docking” to the large PET molecules in a manner that allows them to break down the material which is usually so persistent because natural organisms have not found a way to attack. This is a bit like being at the point where the medieval castle can no longer serve as a key defense, since mechanisms to overcome the previously impenetrable fortresses were discovered.

The KAIST team also used protein engineering techniques to make a similar enzyme that is even more effective at degrading PET. This sort of enzyme could be very interesting for a circular economy, in that the best recycling will come from breaking post-use materials back down to their molecular constituents, which can them be reacted to new materials of the same quality as materials made from the fossil fuels or recovered carbon from which the initial product was generated. Thus ‘recycled’ and ‘virgin’ materials would be of equal quality.

Distinguished Professor Sang Yup Lee of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering of KAIST said,

“Environmental pollution from plastics remains one of the greatest challenges worldwide with the increasing consumption of plastics. We successfully constructed a new superior PET-degrading variant with the determination of a crystal structure of PETase and its degrading molecular mechanism. This novel technology will help further studies to engineer more superior enzymes with high efficiency in degrading. This will be the subject of our team’s ongoing research projects to address the global environmental pollution problem for next generation.”

We bet his team won’t be the only ones, and will watch eagerly as the science of i. sakaiensis evolves.

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The Evolution of Consciousness: The Subtle Body & How It Evolves – Part 2

Understanding that we have these three bodies – physical, subtle, and causal – we can then ask, which of these bodies is evolving?

The soul is immutable. It is pure, absolute and unchangeable, and so the causal body does not evolve.

The physical body cannot change much. Its structure is fixed, although some minor changes can occur in weight, posture and fitness etc., but we cannot grow extra arms, wings to fly, or a tail in this lifetime.

It is the subtle body that can evolve, so that we can design our destiny. It changes according to how we purify and simplify it, so that the joy of the soul shines and radiates from within, and through this process we find the evolution of consciousness.

The Subtle Body

The subtle body is a vibrational field; the heart-mind field. Depending on how we manage this field, it can either be turbulent and complex, like a roaring ocean during a storm, or, at the other extreme, it can be like a still pond where even a feather landing on the surface creates ripples. This is where a spiritual practice has a vital role to play, as it gives us the techniques to regulate, purify, and simplify this field, bringing clarity, stillness, and peace.

In yogic philosophy the heart is known as the field of action for the mind. This is a vast topic. Let’s start to explore what this means.

There are four main functions of the subtle body within this vibrational field – consciousness (chit), thinking and feeling (manas), intellect (buddhi) and ego (ahankar). They work in an interactive way together to make up what we know as the mind.

Of these four, consciousness is our focus here. The other three have their existence in consciousness. Consciousness is as good as a canvas to a painter, and within consciousness the play of the other three bodies is orchestrated daily.

How do we actively allow our consciousness to expand and evolve? It is not enough just to wish it so. We need to understand how a spiritual practice contributes towards this evolution by creating the conditions for stilling the mind progressively at deeper and deeper levels, and opening up the inner universe.

At a physical level, when I want to strengthen my body muscles I have to exercise my body. Similarly, for the mind to evolve so that consciousness can expand, I must use what belongs to that subtle plane of existence. First, it is important to understand that the evolution of consciousness has nothing to do with the acquisition of knowledge. Second, consciousness in itself will not expand or evolve without the help of buddhimanas and ahankar to free it. Intellect has to evolve to help expand consciousness and ego must evolve, contributing to the evolution of consciousness.


Meditation

What does meditation have to do with this? We meditate to regulate our minds. An unregulated mind is pulled by wishes and desires, fears and habits, in many different directions. The mind becomes weak as it scatters in many different channels. In contrast, a regulated mind brings focus, and promotes well- being. Unless and until we meditate properly, and unless and until we regulate our minds properly, our consciousness will not evolve.

Manasbuddhi and ahankar are all refined and developed through meditation, especially manas as we learn to simplify our thinking process from many channels to one channel, then deepen it to feeling. Thus the habit of ‘feeling’ is slowly cultivated from ‘thinking’.

Developing the Meditative State Further

Holding and nurturing the condition received in meditation throughout the day is a byproduct of good meditation, and helps us regulate and deepen the mind to an even higher level. When we are in this state of constant awareness or remembrance of the inner state, we do not allow our canvas to be spoilt, so consciousness remains afresh. The canvas remains clean and is not destroyed by the multifarious impressions we form.

Imagine the heart-mind vibrational field having a spectrum of consciousness spanning the subconscious, conscious, and superconscious states. Swami Vivekananda once said, “Consciousness is a mere film between two oceans, the subconscious and the superconscious.” Or you can imagine the subconscious as being like the ocean, consciousness like the surface of the land, and superconsciousness like the sky going out into the universe. As we evolve, our consciousness expands into both the subconscious and superconscious realms, traveling through the vast infinity of the human potential. Another way of saying this is that we go deeper and deeper into the vastness of the heart, from our starting point at the surface.


Wisdom is to utilize all our faculties at their best.
Wisdom is to have the maximum output with the minimum input.

In this process of diving deeper, the intellect, buddhi, becomes more and more heart-based. Intuition and inspiration develop, and buddhi becomes fine-tuned, like a sensitive antenna picking up the signals of the heart. Intellect evolves into a state of wisdom. Often we think of a wise person as someone who makes wise choices, but here we go further into a different dimension where choice is no longer required, as the heart’s wisdom is pure and correct.

There is a big difference between an intellectual person and a wise person, and here the spiritual practice of prayer helps us to move from mere intellect to wisdom. Prayer takes us into the heart, connecting us to the Source, where we are able to let go of any mistakes we have made, deciding not to make the same mistakes again. Is this not wisdom? Whereas if we succumb to making foolish mistakes day after day, hour after hour, we are not becoming wiser. We become wiser when we wish to change from the bottom of our hearts and ask for help to do so. When we live with this attitude every moment, wisdom flourishes.

Wisdom is to utilise all our faculties at their best. Wisdom is to have the maximum output with the minimum input. With minimum action we have the maximum result. Only with a meditative mind, only through meditative acts in our day-to-day life, can we expect to have such good results.

Purifying and Simplifying the Subtle Body Through Cleaning

For this to happen, the heart-mind field has to be purified, otherwise it is like expecting to see the bottom of a lake through muddy, turbulent water. There is no clarity in a turbulent mind. The spiritual practice of cleaning past impressions is therefore also necessary for consciousness to evolve.

Ahankar

The third aspect of the subtle body is ego, ahankar. Ego plays a vital role in whether or not expansion or evolution of consciousness occurs. Ego is often seen as the bad guy by spiritual practitioners of all traditions, but ego is also essential for our evolution. It is the active function of the mind – the doing, thinking function – and we need it in every aspect of daily life, even to have the craving to evolve. It gives us our identity. It is the activating or initiating force. If it is used wisely, it serves us well, like any other resource, but it is often misused, and this is what we commonly refer to as being egotistical. When ego is used for selfish purpose, we become arrogant and self-important, whereas if we constantly refine the ego, consciousness develops very rapidly.

What does it mean to refine the ego? The more humility we have, the less the egotistical proliferations. All great spiritual teachers have given so much importance to this aspect of character formation. They have valued this quality so highly that humility at any cost must be maintained, whether towards a child, a poor person, or a stranger. The philosophy here is that there is nothing wrong in thinking yourself to be great, but always think the other person in front of you is greater.

Ego can be like a black hole. It can have the greatest gravitational pull upon our consciousness. It will not allow consciousness to expand. Just as the earth’s gravitational pull does not allow us to fall into infinite space, likewise our ego can hold consciousness to its core. An example of this is a very narcissistic person, who is undergoing a devolutionary process where consciousness contracts in on itself to its core, and can become like a stone. In contrast, by transcending the relationship with the ego by refining it, becoming more and more humble, consciousness can expand infinitely.

Ego manifests in many ways. For example, in a music concert, when I am happily playing my flute as a performer, it gives so much joy and the audience reciprocates accordingly. But as an artist, I will not be happy unless I surpass my previous performances all the time. The manifested ego makes me perform well. But to think that no one can play the flute better than myself is not a welcome manifestation of ego. Ego can be our best friend in helping us outperform our own past records.


Ego can be like a black hole.
It can have the greatest gravitational pull upon our consciousness.
It will not allow consciousness to expand.

The fourth function of the subtle body is manas, which is the function of contemplation. During meditation, the first step is to bring the mind from many and varied thoughts to one thought, for example in Heartfulness it is the source of Divine Light in the heart. But it is not necessary that all throughout the meditation this thought should haunt us. The thought should leave at some point so that the object of thought can be felt in the heart.

If all you do is think this one thought throughout the meditation, you will have a headache and consciousness will not expand. This initial thought is just the springboard, to take us deeper so that we dissolve in the feeling of the presence of the Divine Light. You have to feel that presence and while you are feeling that presence slowly you disappear, and even feeling is gone. The ego is gone; you are not even there to experience it.

So as manas evolves through a meditation practice, feeling develops, and eventually we go beyond feeling to a state of being, then to a state of becoming, and finally unbecoming to merge into the Absolute state of existence.

Chit

So buddhimanas and ahankar evolve through spiritual practice, and with this the subtle body becomes lighter, purer and simpler, like the still pond with minimal ripples. With this, consciousness is able to expand and evolve.

What do we then do with this expanded consciousness we receive? Let’s say I have a particular state of mind, and I am aware that the condition is so good. After meditation, I go off to work. It is not enough just to hold that condition; I must be able to radiate that condition wilfully, consciously, and with the confidence that wherever I go it will spread its fragrance on its own.

So after meditation think for a while that, “The condition which is within me is also outside me. Everything around me is absorbed in a similar state. When I look at people, or talk to them, or listen to them, or I am silent, let that condition spread everywhere.” Let consciousness expand wherever it can go.

To be continued…


Article by KAMLESH D. PATEL

About Kamlesh D. Patel

Kamlesh Patel is the world teacher of Heartfulness, and the fourth spiritual Guide in the Sahaj Marg system of Raja Yoga. He oversees Heartfulness centers and ashrams in over 150 countries, and guides the thousands of certified Heartfulness trainers who are permitted to impart Yogic Transmission under his care. Known to many as Daaji, he is also an innovator and researcher, equally at home in the inner world of spirituality and the outer world of science, blending the two into transcendental research on the evolution of consciousness. Building on the insights of his first Guide, Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur, he is expanding our understanding of the purpose of human existence to a new level, so necessary at this pivotal time in human history.

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The Evolution of Consciousness – Part 1







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This is the first in a series of articles by KAMLESH D. PATEL about the evolution of consciousness, and how spiritual practices are designed to help consciousness expand and evolve.


The Science of Spirituality

Part 1 – The Three Bodies

When we talk about weaving a destiny, a future for ourselves, what do we mean? In the worldly sense, we want a good life. From my one-bedroom apartment, I want a five-bedroom house; from owning one factory I hope to own ten factories; I dream of being promoted from the position of a clerk to that of a CEO; I want a happy and fulfilling family life, and to raise children who also have fulfilling lives.

From the spiritual perspective, we are concerned with a much bigger picture. In order to explore this further, we need to first describe the human makeup. We have a physical body made of flesh and blood that is the most solid part of us. While it changes a little bit, according to how we live our lives, it doesn’t change much. Physical evolution happens over longer periods than one lifetime, so we don’t expect our physical body to evolve in this life. The physical body is associated with matter.

We also have a subtle body, also known as the astral or mental body, that is associated with energy and vibration. This is what we call the heart and mind. The third body we have is our causal body, the cause of our existence, which is also known as the soul. The causal body is associated with the absolute state of nothingness, the substratum of existence. This causal body is pure, unchanging and immutable, so it is does not need to evolve.

With the physical and the causal bodies, we cannot expect to find evolutionary changes. When we want to change our thinking and our patterns of behaviour, during any process of self-development, be it psychological or spiritual, what evolves or transforms is the middle layer, the subtle body. Spiritual destiny has everything to do with the purification of the subtle body by removing the layers that surround it. In the mineral kingdom, all three bodies are so closely tied together that it is difficult to separate them; they don’t have much freedom. To the extent to which they can free themselves vibrationally, they have different qualities and we give them names like Gold, Lead, Osmium, etc.


Spiritual destiny has everything to do with the purification of the subtle body by
removing the layers that surround it.

In the plant kingdom, the three bodies are a little looser. Look at a tree. How do you know it has a subtle body that responds? Have you seen flowers that open up when the sun comes? How do they know? They respond so nicely, turning as the sun moves. There is also a plant called Lajvanti, and when you touch it the leaves fold in. When there is a breeze, or even a storm, the leaves and branches of trees dance, but the moment someone tries to cut the branch of a tree, it becomes agitated.

You can feel it. In plants, the subtle body, and the causal body are very tightly tied together, and the subtle body cannot express much. In animals, there is a still greater separation, and in human beings all the three bodies are labile or loosely connected. Among different human beings, there are also differences in separation. The three gunas in Vedic philosophy — tamasic, rajasic and sattvik — are based on how loosely or how strongly the bodies are connected.

In a sattvik person, the subtle body can move around, whereas a tamasic person is more stone-like. One person can think of something somewhere else, but another person with limited mental capacity may not grasp what is happening around them. Even if you tell them about it, their mind cannot reach there. Sometimes, when we communicate, certain concepts are not understood by the other person because of the subtle body’s inability to grasp them.


So at the level of the subtle body, we can choose to evolve and go beyond the animal level of existence to the human level to the divine level, by expanding our field of consciousness.

So at the level of the subtle body, we can choose to evolve and go beyond the animal level of existence to the human level to the divine level, by expanding our field of consciousness.

How can we describe the subtle body, and how does it evolve? There are four main functions of the subtle body that we will consider, and they are:

  • Chit or consciousness,
  • Manas or our contemplative faculty,
  • Buddhi or intellect, and
  • Ahankar or ego.

They all have a role to play in our evolution, and in the next part we will explore them further.

To be continued…

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About Kamlesh D. Patel

Kamlesh Patel is the world teacher of Heartfulness, and the fourth spiritual Guide in the Sahaj Marg system of Raja Yoga. He oversees Heartfulness centers and ashrams in over 150 countries, and guides the thousands of certified Heartfulness trainers who are permitted to impart Yogic Transmission under his care. Known to many as Daaji, he is also an innovator and researcher, equally at home in the inner world of spirituality and the outer world of science, blending the two into transcendental research on the evolution of consciousness. Building on the insights of his first Guide, Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur, he is expanding our understanding of the purpose of human existence to a new level, so necessary at this pivotal time in human history.

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‘The Orville’: Religion Just ‘Growing Pains’ in ‘Every Culture’s Evolution’

Seth McFarlane isn’t content to undermine religion in just one episode of FOX’s The Orville. He devotes 2 whole episodes of his 12 episode series to bashing religious beliefs. In tonight’s episode, tellingly titled “Mad Idolatry,” he calls religion a “poison.”

Thursday’s episode had a religion develop around the Orville’s First Officer Kelly after she uses technology to heal a girl from a primitive alien culture. As a result, the planet begins to worship her as a deity, crucifying those guilty of “forsaking the word” of Kelly. In case the audience hadn’t caught on to the heavy-handed parallel to Christianity, one of the crucified characters shown is made to resemble Christ. 

Luckily—from atheist McFarlane’s perspective—The Orville crew succeeds in helping the planet move past its religious phase, which is pejoratively referred to as “growing pains.” The crew and the members of the once primitive planet engage in an oh-so enlightening conversation about culture moving beyond “false faith” and thriving instead due to “reason”—which it presumes is opposed to faith.

Kelly: But… You no longer believe in Kelly.

Female alien: Only in the sense that she’s a human aboard a Union starship.

Kelly: I am so very, very sorry for all of the trouble that I’ve caused.

Female alien: Don’t be. We’ve been waiting for the phasing to occur again so we could meet you. Our society has become a spacefaring culture with ships spread out across the galaxy. In our home universe, that is. But we wouldn’t have gotten where we are without growing pains.

Male alien: Our planet worshipped you as a deity for many centuries. But had it not been you, the mythology would have found another face. It’s a part of every culture’s evolution. It’s one of the stages of learning. And eventually, it brought us here.

Female alien: So you see, Commander, you didn’t poison our culture with false faith. We flourish. You must have faith… In reason, in discovery and in the endurance of the logical mind.

Before moving past the religious state, or the “stage of learning,” the Kelly-worshipping religion exhibits some eerie similarities to Christianity. For one, their religious leader looks exactly like the Pope. The pope-like figure, Valondis, refers to Kelly as “Healer of men. Divine hand of the heavens. God of all creation.”

In Kelly’s first failed attempt to explain to the religious leader that she’s not God, one of the leader’s men provides the cliché atheist’s straw-man representation of religion: “The belief in Kelly is not merely a source of comfort for the people. They fear her, as well. And as the guardians of the Word of Kelly, they fear us. Should that fear come into doubt, our ability to govern may be compromised.” He murders the Pope-like Valondis to prevent the truth about the non-religion from being explained to the people, because of course religious leaders are actually just ambitious monsters instead of true believers in God.

McFarlane can’t help but present religion in the worst light possible, so he even has a mother on the planet scold her son in a Santa Claus-esque fashion: “Kelly’s watching you. All the time. She knows when you’ve been bad, and she’ll punish you.” The Orville crew tunes into the daily news on the planet, which includes all the violence caused by the religion, disputes with teaching the religion in public education settings, and a Joel Osteen type preaching the Word of Kelly.

After watching the entire first season of The Orville, it is painfully apparent that originality was not one of McFarlane’s priorities.

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5 Areas Of Change For Planetary Evolution

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Luke Miller Truth Theory

There is an exchange in information and action that is happening on an unprecedented scale currently. We have the emergence of technology that allows an instantaneous exchange of ideas. As of this moment there are literally 12 year old on social media with millions of followers who will like, comment and share any and everything that they post. This exchange has redirected conversations, shifted consciousness and opened pandora’s box, when it comes to ideas.

There is a strange paradox which exists within this- more people with beautiful messages who would have always been ignored by the old media paradigm are now sharing their message, while the simultaneous (and I would argue darker) ideas of consumerism, vanity and even worse are also being perpetuated.

With all this opening and expansion many ideas that are accepted as normal from the old society are being reframed and restructured, people are questioning the medical, criminal and financial establishments, while also thinking up new alternatives.

I am sure there are many pillars we could use to create a balanced society, and many would become apparent as the first pillars are built, but here are 5 that most people would agree upon.

Sexuality

I will start with that which many will find the most controversial, but I believe to be fundamental for the development of society- ranging from children to adults.

Sexuality is something that many otherwise sane people seem to lose all composure over. An alarming amount of childrens first encounter with sexuality is through abuse and many teens are given a talk about disease and pregnancy prior to being told about the beauty of sex by their parents. Stories of a stalk bringing babies are used to avoid discussing sex with our children and so many are lost in what it means.

The confusion does not end with our children, but becomes apparent in adulthood, with many seeking sex or sexual acts- often to the detriment of those they love. Sex and equilibrium are not 2 words that often go together, but there needs to be a level of balance that is brought to the creation energy that is sex.

Sexual depravity is clearly a driving force for much of the way this world operate- this is apparent with the abundance of pornography which is often violent and abusive in nature. The amount of sexual abuse being reported from hollywood, government and many homes across the globe. Also how exploited men and women are to sell goods and merchandise.

Bodies are supposed to be respected and worshiped, not dominated and abused- and a society that starts to talk about sex and understand it for the beautiful, creative expression it is- is one that needs to be healthily explored.

Education

Education is the quickest route to a balanced and fair society. Much of the current education is geared towards keeping the current system ticking. We spend 12+ years in education- if this was aimed towards the building of people to be loving, kind and compassionate, there would be a completely different outcome than the square boxes the old system produces.

We can literally change the collective consciousness by nurturing children to be happy. The truth is we are all creators, just on different levels and with different interests. If we keep offering square boxes with the option to tick a, b, c or d- we will keep producing limited children. It is about time we nurtured children to be better than we could ever be and encouraging them to do the same for the next generation.

Music  

Music is a fundamental pillar of an empowered society, this links in with sexuality in a big way. Looking at the chart songs (mainly consumed by teenagers at the height of sexual emergence) they for the most part tell the same story. Vengeful women, trying to get back at a man or a man singing about being sexualy exploitative of women. It is scary how many chart songs follow this simple formula. It is exploitative of children just starting to feel their labidos working and when you tie this in with the lack of understanding many parent have of sexuality, it is a recipe for disaster.

There are many empowering artists talking about important topics and sharing a very valid message about love and connection- these songs are so beautiful and would be received with open arms, but go so far against the current narrative that if enough people heard them they would cause mayhem (for the current system). Look back to the 60s 70s and 80s- the Beatles, Bob Marley and many other artists have been at the forefront of uprising, this has been witnessed in the past and with the current music it feels like this type of thing is now being avoided.

Media  

Media is in the process of an upgrade and sites like ours are working towards a new way of sharing media. The old media is outdated, mainly consumed by the older generations and speaks from a very negative narrative. It is all about politics, war and generally leaves the viewers feeling like there is no hope. New media works with informing and solutions, leading to a logical next step. This is a very different way of doing things, but is crucial if we actually want things to change and our planet to become more balanced and healthy.

That which we demand is that which will be supplied, if we consume based upon this idea then the old will fall and the new will rise. News can be very addictive, but to break that addiction in pursuit of something better is vital, as when you conquer addiction you will see that all that matters is love and connection.

Healing

I use the word healing here, as we have tried symptom management and that seems to be working really badly. People are being kept alive, without quality of life and that is not the only way.

There are many other healing modalities using plants, physical movement  and lifestyle changes. These for the most part have gone unstudied as there is no financial incentive to explore their potential benefits.

Currently we need healing collectively as a society and individually. Perhaps less so if we had good education, empowering social lives and things that helped us to flourish, however, there will always be a want/need for humans and the planet to expand and grow, and if the incentive for this was not entirely based upon profitability and covered in red tape then we could see some incredible advances in a small amount of time.

There are other areas- legal and financial spring to mind, however, it could be argued that they are not needed if we strike the perfect balance and build the utopia that we are fully equipped to do with the resources at hand. Any input on ideas like these are welcome, so please feel free to send me an email should you have any to [email protected] and please share this article!

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The evolution of reality: Psychology professor explains how each generations’ perception of their environment changes the definition of "the natural world"

Image: The evolution of reality: Psychology professor explains how each generations’ perception of their environment changes the definition of “the natural world”

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Each and every person defines nature in his own way. For some, nature may be a city park. Others consider nature simply as a flower pushing through the pavement. No matter how urbanized or polluted a city may be, some people would consider a single tree in the midst of skyscrapers to be “nature”. This is not the case however, according to psychology professor Peter Kahn, from the University of Washington.

Every generation will have its own perspective or understanding of what the norm for nature is, despite the surrounding pollution and concrete (infrastructural development). A child who grows up in the middle of New York city would consider Central Park as “nature”. However, parks are developed and managed by human beings, which is not the actual definition of nature. Real nature can be defined by one word, “wild”. The older generation might get it right, since to most of them, nature can be described as untamed mountains and undeveloped beaches.

Other cultures even have their own terms for nature, or mother earth. The Aztecs call this Tonantzin, the Incas Pachamama, the Chinese Hou Tu, and the Greeks Gaia. Despite all its names, nature is known globally as an uncontrollable force, something that literally “naturally” happens. That being said, Kahn describes younger generations’ distorted understanding of nature as “environmental generational amnesia”.

Urban dwellers, especially the younger people, define nature depending on what they grew up in. This poses a problem because pollution and the concrete jungle of cities are detriments to real nature. What people think is normal does not make it a fact. To be able to understand what nature really is, people have to be exposed to it and learn how to interact with it.

Nature is slowly retrogressing due to the rise of concrete jungles instead of natural ones. People try to create nature within cities by planting trees, developing parks, and incorporating it in interior design in the form of potted plants. It does not, however, provide the same type of rejuvenation and reflection a walk through a woody forest provides. Children today do not understand the benefits of a natural world, and instead, consider high-rises and pavements the norm. Schools may be teaching children not to pollute, not to throw trash in rivers, but do not teach them “why”. Having children spend time in nature, and feel the calming benefits of it, will encourage them to do more for the natural environment instead of not polluting out of rote memory.

It isn’t easy, however, since real nature is not easily accessed. It takes time and money to travel to a remote, undeveloped location, and not everybody has that convenience. Nonetheless, experiencing and interacting with nature is crucial to a person’s overall well-being. Individuals who get to spend time with big nature have healthier lifestyles, in general. Big nature provides the mental rest and physical relaxation from the frenzied city life. Currently, most of the population have sedentary lifestyles: Sitting in front of the computer for hours, lying down when bored, and having food delivered instead of heading to the kitchen. Exposing oneself to nature counteracts the effects of inactivity, and again, establishes good health.

People have to learn to appreciate the natural world in order to reap its benefits. Children have to start understanding that food should come from plants, and we in turn, have to take care of the plants that provide us our sustenance. Most of us spend too much time worrying about our daily lives, especially where to get money for food. But we all have to understand that everything we ever need to survive comes from nature, which is obviously free.

Sources include:

ScienceDaily.com

Depts.Washington.edu

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