The march to freedom – part 4
The Evolution of Consciousness
DAAJI continues his narration of the ultimate journey to freedom. In this issue he takes us even further, beyond experience, beyond consciousness, even beyond the Super-Mind of God, to the Center of all things.
Let’s revisit the journey so far. Our wayfarer has traveled through six regions: the Heart Region (Pind Pradesh), the Cosmic Region (Brahmanda Mandal), the Supra-Cosmic Region (Para-Brahmanda Mandal), the region of surrender (Prapanna), the region of transition between surrendering to God and nearness to God (Prapanna-Prabhu), and the region of nearness to God, or Prabhu. He has traveled from chakra 1 in the heart up to chakra 12. By this stage, he has already experienced the Super-Mind of God and reached the point where the soul enters and leaves the body, so what more could there be? The journey doesn’t end here, however, as it is infinite and the path dynamic. There is no limit to the extent of evolution and there is nothing static in Nature. We either evolve or devolve.
Up till now, there has always been a polarity at each chakra. This polarity finds its expression in the dualities of positive versus negative and higher versus lower. In the Heart Region, the realm of feelings and emotions, our wayfarer identified this play of polarity with various spectra of emotions, such as desire – contentment, restlessness – peace, anger – love, fear – courage, and confusion – clarity.
In the Mind Region, while crossing the rings of ego between chakras 6 and 12, this play of polarity was experienced between ‘I’ and the Lord – individual identity and universal identity. It started with the vast power and capacity of the cosmic region, and became subtler and subtler as he journeyed onwards. Eventually it transmuted into the state of potentiality in the realm of the Super-Mind of God at chakra 12. In between was the process of refinement – the alchemical transformation from matter to energy to Absolute.
Our wayfarer experiences the divine qualities of omnipresence, omniscience and omnipotence as a result of his humility. Like God, though he is everywhere he does not make his presence noticed; though he knows everything, he doesn’t declare his knowledge; though he is omnipotent, he doesn’t interfere with anyone’s freedom.
This condition at chakra 13 is like that of a newborn child – absolute innocence. And just as a mother must look after her newborn child, it is the duty of the Divine to look after the wayfarer. Now he can say that he has finally arrived home.
My first Guru, Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur, wrote about this region in 1944: “Here is the end of all our activities and we have now entered the Godly region in pure form. Our goal is achieved and we are admitted into it. The Self is realized. We are above actual consciousness, which abides in the region of heart, and its potentiality, which is rooted in the Mind Region. We are now free from the endless circle of rebirth.”1 …