I begin to consider myself to be a soul, the question often
arises, “Where do souls come from?” In meditation I can
explore dimensions of consciousness beyond the physical
senses. Experiencing these dimensions increases my awareness
of subtle realities of thought and feeling and ultimately
takes me to a place of utter peace, purity and silence in
which I feel as if I’ve returned to my original ‘home’.
Together, the physical, subtle and soul ‘worlds’ comprise
the three main levels of human consciousness.
The Physical World
The world in which we are now living is known as the
physical or corporeal world, because all living beings here
have a gross, corporeal or manifest form. The physical earth
can be thought of as a vast stage where we ‘play our parts’
in the drama of life, in different bodily ‘costumes’. It can
also be thought of as a field, where seeds of action are
sown and fruits are reaped as experiences of happiness and
sorrow. Here ‘time’, ‘space’, ‘history’ and ‘geography’ are
important parameters of existence; here the laws of science
apply. It is a world of expression and experience.
The Subtle World
Beyond the limits of the vast expanse of our solar system
and distant galaxies there are regions of non-material
light, unreachable by physical means and inaccessible to the
physical senses. These realms can only be experienced
through deep meditation and divine insight. The subtle world
is an intermediate dimension of pure, positive luminous
energy in which there is the experience of one’s subtle body
of light and communication with other souls through pure
spiritual thoughts and vibrations.
The Soul World
Beyond the physical realm of action and the subtle realm of
pure thought lies an infinite, timeless dimension of
complete stillness, silence and peace. Suffused with
golden-red luminosity, this is the realm of God, the Supreme
Being, Parent of all souls. It is the original home of all
souls, where we once dwelt in a dormant, seminal state of
total belongingness and bliss. Experiencing this ‘supreme
region’ (Paramdham) of highest consciousness in meditation
renews and recharges the soul, empowering it with the
strength to play its part in the physical world with peace,
equanimity and enlightened clarity.
In Raja Yoga meditation, not only do I journey inward to
experience my essential self; I also journey upward into
higher consciousness, going beyond the awareness of the
physical body and the physical world. With practice I am
able to perceive and experience the dimension of pure soul
consciousness, beyond sound, activity and thought. In this
place or state of awareness I experience complete freedom,
peace, rest and comfort, as if I’ve come home to a place
where I truly belong and where I can simply be.
this world, many beliefs exist about God. As a result,
people understand God in their own way and often in their
own imagination. But what is required is the understanding
God as He is, what He is and how He is. The correct
understanding about God has to be given by God Himself!
There are some who don’t believe in the existence of God,
often the reason being His existence cannot be proved like
that of human beings. But because we cannot see God with the
gross eyes, it doesn’t mean that God doesn’t exist. Just
like wind, which cannot be seen but can be very much felt,
it is possible to experience God’s presence through Godly
knowledge and meditation.