THE THREE WORLDS
The world in which we are now located is known as the gross or Corporeal World, because all living beings here have a gross corporeal form. "History" and "geography" are terms commonly applied to this Corporeal World. The law of science and the properties of matter, determined by research, also apply here.
This Corporeal World is a place for activity and constantly undergoes change in a cyclic pattern. Here humans react to external stimuli and perform actions, leading to experiences of happiness and sorrow. This world is therefore compared to a field where seeds of action are sown and the fruits reaped.
In both the East and West the analogy of a stage and a drama has been used to describe the activities of this world. The soul is the actor, the living, the sentient being, and adopts a costume, the body, to play a role on the stage. In this unlimited drama there is an infinite variety of roles being played. This same world passes through a period of perfection, called Heaven or Paradise, in the Golden and Silver Ages and a state of disorder and degradation known as Hell in the Copper and Iron Ages. This world is located in a tiny fraction of physical space.
Beyond the astronomical bodies of physical space is another universe of "spirit light". This light varies in colour in the three distinct central regions shown. This is the Angelic or Subtle World. There, there is thought as well as movement, action, but no sound.
Beyond this is yet another world. It is a world beyond the physical limitations of time and distance (space) and so can be perceived and experienced by the faculties of the metaphysical soul, the mind and intellect. Experiments with physical instruments can give no indication of this region. This is the region of the sixth element, a golden-red, divine light, known as "Brahm". This world has never any change in its state, nor is there motion or sound. There is perfect stillness, silence and purity. There soul here is in its inactive state; thoughts and tendencies are all merged as in a seed. The soul here is detached from the body, in the original form of the self-luminous spark of energy. This is the other "field", the one of inactivity with no external stimuli, a place for rest or "sleep", not just physical but spiritual also. All souls, at some time, inhabit this world with the Supreme Soul when they have attained liberation. It is the Home for all souls.
Now, through the practice of meditation, Raja Yoga, it is possible to experience the peace, power and purity of the Home and come back to the Corporeal World totally relaxed and refreshed by the journey.
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