Planes of consciousness

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Letters on Yoga – I
“The Planes or Worlds of Consciousness”

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“We must understand what we mean by planes of consciousness, planes of existence. We mean a general settled poise or world of relations between Purusha and Prakriti, between the Soul and Nature.”[1]

“The physical is not the only world; there are others that we become aware of through dream records, through the subtle senses, through influences and contacts, through imagination, intuition and vision. There are worlds of a larger subtler life than ours, vital worlds; worlds in which Mind builds its own forms and figures, mental worlds; psychic worlds which are the soul’s home; others above with which we have little contact. In each of us there is a mental plane of consciousness, a psychic, a vital, a subtle physical as well as the gross physical and material plane. The same planes are situated in the consciousness of general Nature. It is when we enter or contact these other planes that we come into connection with the worlds above the physical.”[2]

(Medhananda:) “For convenience, for someone who is moving up the ladder, we speak of different domains of manifestation. But these are simply different states, different qualities of vibration, of consciousness.
         If people do not know the history of the worlds, it is because they do not want to know it. It is our birthright to know it, because our being participates in all these worlds. They are not outside us or alien to us. Just as a part of us participates in the material world, another part belongs to the vital world, another to the mental world, etc. And part of us is in the oneness. It is only because we are all curled up and focused on our body that we don't see them. Moreover they are all mixed up. We have to disentangle them. That is evolution.”[3]

“Each plane, in spite of its connection with others above and below it, is yet a world in itself, with its own movements, forces, beings, types, forms existing as if for its and their own sake, under its own laws, for its own manifestation without apparent regard for other members of the great series.”[4]

“Since Being, conscious force and delight of being are always the three constituent terms of existence, the nature of a world is really determined by the way in which Prakriti is set to deal with these three primary things and the forms which it is allowed to give to them.”[5]

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