What is the make up of man? What are the components that make man?
Largely,we do not know ourselves.This knowledge and the search for it is to a great extent neglected.This is more so in the western world.
Why is it that many of us are resigned to spending our lives in the pursuit of all other things except for the knowledge and understanding of who we are?
When we study religious history of mankind,it is found that spiritual enlightenment has always been after an individual pursuit.It doesn't come to a group.lt has always been an individual pursuit.Pick any spiritual giant or sage in history and it is found that the truth they came upon or the spiritual enlightenment they attained was as a result an individual quest.
The one important lesson that may be gained from studying the lives of past Saints is that,like each one of them,you too can attain an understanding of who you are.
Must we settle for dusty signpost or look to the very present for ways to gain self mastery or knowledge of our spiritual self?
Great pointers can be gained through the study of these past Saints but we must understand that a baby cannot gain nourishment from a deceased mother no matter how much love the mother loved it.Also,a patient cannot be healed by a deceased physician.
A closer look at the teachings of those who in the past history of mankind has attain self mastery will reveal something along the lines of ....."you too can attain this heights and even go further"
I came across a statement by a sage that amazed me to my core.
It is that none of us(all Souls without exception) do not differ in the power we have.Our only difference is the power we REALISE we have and USE.
What sets up apart is only the amount of power we realise we possess and use.wow!
Let us take the power of the brain of man.
It is common knowledge that on average,we use a tiny tiny percentage of our brain cells.There is a million times greater powers of the brain not bring used that is lying latent in us.
"lf we could have the true awakening of the whole brain,it is known that we could achieve miracles,on that level,that would put all saviours and magicians to shame.However,we are actually too lazy,too bound in dogma and rituals,to think of anything other than our own physical comforts"
What makes up man? What are the components that comprises man?
Are we more that flesh and blood?
This is the starting point in that we can see the physical body.We can feel our body.If you are hit,you feel pain.You fall ill.Death of the physical body is a fact of life.
There is another body of man.lt is a subtle body.You cannot see this body ordinarily with the physical eyes.Some call it the light body.This body is not as dense as the physical body.ln the west,it is commonly called the ASTRAL BODY.The name is culled from starry,starlike from the Greek Word for star.At a certain vibration,this finer body can be seen as many many stars or even ball of fire hence the name.lt sparkles like a million stars when seen.
We are talking about clothes or sheath.
Soul(our real self)due to the coarseness of the physical world clothes itself with a physical body.
In the same way Soul is clothed in the next dimension above the physical world with a sheath.Soul is encased with an astral body in that corresponding dimension,state,heaven or whatever name you want to give to the world immediately beyond our physical plane of existence.
We have our 5 physical senses.The astral body also has its senses.lt has its own five senses too.
We Are not often aware of these.This is particular so when one is solidly frozen in the human consciousness.
At physical death,Soul withdraws into the astral body awaiting a return to another physical shell or moving even further into to higher states all depending on one's spiritual unfoldment.lf at the end of your present physical life you owe earth a pesewa,you will have to return into physical embodiment to settle that debt.This law works with mathematical exactitude.
There is a another body within the astral of a finer quality still known as the CAUSAL BODY.The Sanskrit name for this body is KARAM(causal) SARUP(body).This is the seed body.
The causal body is finer than the astral body the way the astral body is finer than the physical body.
The next cloth around Soul is the mental sheath.
The mental body is a sheath in the form of a transmitter.lt transmits stuff between Soul and the other bodies.
This 4th component of man is the finest and as mentioned earlier is endowed with great powers.
To behold yourself as Soul,this is the last body to drop.
Soul(our real self) needs to clothe itself in the lower mansions of the universe thus the mental body on the mental plane,the causal on the causal world and finally a physical body here on the physical world.
Out of body experience is the phrase used to describe the act of Soul sneaking out of the lower bodies.
"So long as we are in the lower worlds,then we must retain the bodies of these various sheaths around Soul because of the vibrations on each plane.As Soul goes downward into the physical world,lt cannot of ltself stand the coarse vibrations which are so much lower than the pure worlds which lt usually inhabits.Therefore,lt must adopt bodies,or sheaths,to protect ltself."
The last body is Soul,the divine spark.lt has many names in various religions.
It is sometimes called the consciousness of God in man because all consciousness resides here.
All things shall pass away,discarded except Soul.Even the mind must be dropped.It is common to mistaken mind for Soul.Mind is the closest to Soul and used more than the other lower bodies of man.
So why the descend of Soul into the lower worlds of creation?This is so lt can gain experience,become useful and takes lt's place as a Coworker with God.
This can be compare with a child that starts school,goes through training to eventually become a responsible adult living a useful and productive life.
This education cannot take place in a single existence in the schoolroom created in God's lower universes.
This is why Soul is put on a wheel of reincarnation.lt will continue on the wheel of awagawan all the time gaining understanding about who and what lt is.
Eventually,Soul returns to lt's true home as an experienced Soul ready to help in the administration of the universes.
This is the whole reason why the lower worlds including earth was created.
Like l mentioned earlier my understanding is that,realisation of who we are is never decided together.lt is always a personal pursuit."lt comes to the alone with the Alone"
This road is not travelled as a collective group.Each of us must find our own way.This is why l think depending on an ancestor,past master or guru for enlightenment is to a large extend wasting time and energy.
Also,since all consciousness resides in Soul as pointed out earlier,there is no reality outside ourselves.
A sage once said,you can know all without leaving your house.
Rumi said......."you take a step without feet.
When we talk about states of awareness,Soul can establish ltself in any state throughout the universes.
"The world can be viewed as being an infinite number of states of consciousness.Accordingly,those worlds beyond the physical can be seen as a continuation of these countless levels of consciousness.The lowest states are in the physical world,but they grow brighter and exceedingly more exquisite as we travel through them to the God State.
We are not actually travelling,in the normal sense of the word,but we are experiencing what is known as being there."
Soul is immortal being. Soul existed before birth and lives beyond time.Soul comes to earth from the higher spiritual worlds.Soul comes into the lower worlds to gain more experience,lifetime after lifetime all for the chance to learn.