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THE SELF – SOUL – WESTERN DEFINITIONS

THE SELF – SOUL – WESTERN DEFINITIONS   Alexis Carrel:   The soul is the aspect of ourselves that is specific of our nature and distinguishes man from all other animals. We are not capable of defining this familiar and profoundly mysterious entity. Alice Bailey:   The main characteristic of the soul is consciousness.   The soul is always the great reality, the expression of …

THE SELF OR SOUL – VYAKTA – VYAKTI

THE SELF OR SOUL – VYAKTA – VYAKTI   Stone: Diamond The Mantra: So’ham   The Key:   Our Self or soul is the containment of the Divine in the Manifestation.   It is an apparent limitation of the Divine wearing all the different aspects of our being – personality, individuality, mind and psychic being like we wear layers of clothing in very cold weather. …

THE PURUSHA

 THE PURUSHA The Purusha is a very complex term whose meaning evolved through thousands of years in the Vedas and theUpanishads.   Originally is was almost synonymous with the Higher Self or Cosmic Man, but in some later texts it also acquired the sense of Divine Consciousness and the Universal principle.   According to the Rig Veda,   A thousand head has the Purusha, a …

THE ATMAN – SRI AUROBINDO

 THE ATMAN – SRI AUROBINDO   Atman, our true self, is Brahman;   it is pure indivisible Being, self- luminous, self-concentrated in consciousness, self-concentrated in force, self-delighted. Its existence is light and bliss. It is timeless, spaceless and free.   Atman represents itself to the consciousness of the creature in three states, dependent on the relations between Purusha and Prakriti, the Soul and Nature.   …

THE ATMAN – THE KATHA UPANISHAD

 THE ATMAN – THE KATHA UPANISHAD   The Atman, smaller than the small, greater than the great, is hidden in the hearts of all living creatures.   A man who is free from desires beholds the majesty of the Self through tranquility of the senses and the mind and becomes free from grief. Though sitting still, It travels far; though lying down, It goes everywhere. …

THE ATMAN

 THE ATMAN   The Atman is the part of the Divine in us experiencing the world   and how we see ourselves while being awake, subtle images while sleeping and dreaming, and Ananda, Divine Bliss in dreamless sleep.   Very often it is confused with the Witness or the Psychic being, but corresponds more to the Western concept of the Soul. According to the Upanishads, …

THE SELF OR SOUL – HIS MANY NAMES A CLARIFICATION

THE SELF OR SOUL – HIS MANY NAMES A CLARIFICATION   Note: The main terms that the Self or soul has been called have been mentioned for those particularly interested in them. However, apart from the essential concept of the Atman, dealt with in the next chapter, generally speaking they are not really necessary and can even become a confusing distraction. In the end, as …

THE PSYCHIC WORLD – MERE

 THE PSYCHIC WORLD – MERE   The psychic world or plane of consciousness is that part of the world, the psychic being is that part of the being which is directly under the influence of the Divine Consciousness;   the hostile forces cannot have even the remotest action upon it. It is a world of harmony, and everything moves in it from light to light …

THE PSYCHIC BEING – THE WAY – MERE – SRI AUROBINDO

THE PSYCHIC BEING – THE WAY – MERE – SRI AUROBINDO   Mere:   When Mere was asked: “What is the most effective means of awakening the psychic being?” Her reply was:   But it is wide awake! And not only is it awake, but it acts, only you are not aware of it. It appears to you asleep because you don’t perceive it!   …

THE PSYCHIC BEING – MERE

THE PSYCHIC BEING – MERE   When the vast majority of people say “I”, it is a part of them, of their feeling, their body, their thought, indifferently, which speaks; it is something that always changes. Therefore, their “I” is innumerable, or the “I” always varies.   What is the constant thing therein? The psychic being, evidently.   The psychic being is an individual, personal …

THE PSYCHIC BEING – SRI AUROBINDO

THE PSYCHIC BEING – SRI AUROBINDO   A distinction has to be made between the soul in its essence and the psychic being.   Behind each and all there is the soul which is the spark of the Divine – none could exist without that. But it is quite possible to have a vital and physical being without a clearly evolved psychic being behind it… …

THE PSYCHIC BEING – SATPREM

THE PSYCHIC BEING – SATPREM   The first signs of psychic opening are love and joy – a joy that may be extremely intense and powerful, but without any exaltation and without object, as calm and deep as the sea.   Psychic joy does not need anything in order to be; it just is; even in a prison it cannot help being, for it is …