Life, Light, Consciousness, and Love
Life, Light, Consciousness, and Love
ADI DA SAMRAJ: Man, and thus the human individual, is actually a composite of three dimensions of Light. The most obvious dimension is the physical being, which seems to be “material” and not made of Light at all. Its root center, or primary seat of association with the Life-Principle, is in the great vital region between the solar plexus and the perineum.
The second dimension of Man is subtler than the physical. It is the astral or “star body” (or body-mind), which interpenetrates and surrounds the physical being with biophysical energy, and which we identify as the “psyche” of individual existence. This second dimension of Man survives the physical death of the individual, but it is also the primary principle of illusion, which is the sense of independent subjectivity. Its root center or primary seat of association with the Life-Principle is in the brain.
The “star body” seems to be composed of energy and consciousness, and thus it seems to be more like Light than does the physical body. Therefore, this inner being or “soul” is the traditional resort or refuge of conventional religion and of all who seek release from the mortal threats that are the natural companions of physical existence. But the “star body” (or psyche) is neither immortal nor free nor truly independent or self-contained. It is simply the conventional, inward, and temporary solution to mortal fear.
The “star body” has the capacity (like the mind) to take on any form. But as long as the association between the “star body” and physical body (or “earth body”) remains, the “star body” is expressed as a field of biophysical energy that pervades and conforms to the basic shape of the physical body, and also extends beyond the physical body as an “aura” of personal radiance that has the ultimate capacity to enjoy direct telepathic association with all beings and events in the biophysical universe.
The third dimension of Man is senior to the physical body, the “star body,” and even all embodiment, or all deluded identification with limited independent existence, mind, and form. The third dimension of Man is free, immortal, eternal, and Transcendental, or Divine. It is the true Self or Identity of Man and of every human individual. It is the Radiant Life-Principle and Transcendental Consciousness in which both the psyche (the mind, or “star body”) and the physical body are presently arising. It is the Transcendental Heart, the Life-Principle itself, and its psycho-physical root (or origin of association with the body-mind) is in the heart of Man.
Human existence is an evolutionary trial, or growth lesson, in which the individual must first adapt to physical existence, or the physically and bodily defined self. After complex physical adaptation is achieved, the individual is obliged to adapt to the various functional levels of vital energy, emotion, and mind (both lower and higher). This second level of adaptation requires the development of the various higher functional capabilities that are native to the structures of the autonomic nervous system and the central nervous system (especially the brain).
Thus, the evolutionary trial (which may go on for many lifetimes or rebirths in human form) is projected on a progressive scale, beginning with the gross dimension of the physical body, and extending into the various subtler dimensions of the physical body, the nervous system, the brain, and the psyche. And at some point in that process the individual awakens to the experiential knowledge that the psyche is actually a subtle and separable body-mind, made of subtle energy and subtle states of consciousness. Even so, that discovery is not the highest reach of Man, nor does it signify the ultimate liberation and fulfillment of individual existence.
The process of the ultimate evolutionary test of Man involves both intuitive transcendence of the subjective being (or mind) and total physical surrender to the Radiant Transcendental Life-Principle via all of ones actions and relations. In this manner, the Living Identity, the Light itself, that eternally transcends the limited body-mind, may be Realized prior to the physical body, the limits of the nervous system, and all the experiential states of independent self and mind. And, in the process, even the physical body itself, along with the mind, is Transfigured or Infused with the Life-Light of the Divine Self.
Thus, at last Man is transcended in his own ultimate Identity. And when the Radiant Self or Heart of Man is Realized as Life, Light, Consciousness, and Love prior to the limited body and mind of Man, then a Free Destiny begins in the Radiant Domain that is just beyond the plane of the material universe (or Chaos) itself.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
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