- The Quintessence of the Body, Soul, and Spirit and it's Harmonious Development
The Quintessence of the Body, Soul, and Spirit and it's Harmonious Development
Understanding oneself and the meaning of existence can be achieved through deep introspection. The human brain, like a well-constructed eye, allows for profound thought and contemplation. It is the ultimate masterpiece of the intricately designed human body. Comparing the brains of different animals, it becomes clear that the human brain is significantly larger and plays a unique role in deep thinking. However, there are misconceptions about the value of deep contemplation, with some favoring emotions over rational thought. Yet, profound thinking can lead to higher knowledge and ignite immense feelings of purpose, meaning, beauty, and transcendence.
The human body is intricately designed to support reasoning and thought. It combines elements and energies from the mineral realm to create a vessel for intellectual pursuits, which can be called the physical embodiment of mankind.
All living beings have intrinsic forces that shape their essence. In the past, it was believed that even humble creatures like fish could arise from mud, but now we understand that the design of a living being is perpetuated through heredity. The development of a living organism is influenced by the species it belongs to. While the components of a being change, the essence of its species remains and is passed on to its offspring. This life-force, known as "Prana," shapes and defines species, just as minerals form exquisite crystals. The life-force is responsible for the diverse and captivating forms of plant and animal life.
Our ability to sense the forces of minerals is dependent on our bodily senses. Without our eyes, we cannot see light, and without our ears, we cannot hear sound. Even the simplest organic beings can only perceive the mineral forces that they can touch. As animals evolve and gain more senses, their perception of the world becomes more varied. Our perception of the outer world depends on our organs and their ability to sense it. However, our ordinary senses do not allow us to perceive the life-force. We can see colors and smell scents, but the life-force remains hidden from us. However, just as a blind person can acknowledge the existence of colors once they gain sight, our ordinary senses should not deny the existence of the life-force. The life-force, which creates different species of plants and animals, becomes something we can perceive once the necessary organ develops within us. The development of this organ allows us to experience a whole new world.
When someone develops such spiritual organs, they can now go beyond just perceiving colors, smells, and other sensory aspects of beings. They can now understand the true nature of these beings and can see their physical form as well as the energy that gives them life. This energy can be called the ether-body or life-body.
The ether-body is a separate entity from the physical body and plays a role in sustaining it throughout life. It is different from the hypothetical ether of physicists and should be understood as a descriptive term. The ether-body gives shape and form to the physical body and is organized to serve the needs of the thinking spirit in humans. After death, the physical body returns to the mineral world and the ether-body dissolves into the life-world. The term "body" in this context refers to anything that provides shape or form, including the forms of the soul and spirit.
In the human body, there is something external to us that affects our sensations. When we experience things, our inner selves respond to stimuli from the outside world. As light enters our eyes and triggers processes in our brain, but if we could observe these processes, we would see much more phenomena taking place. However, the actual sensation, such as seeing the color blue, cannot be found this way. It only exists within our individual souls. So, if we were only made up of our physical bodies and the external aspect, we would not be able to experience sensations. The activity that allows for sensations is different from life processes. This activity brings forth an inner experience that is unique to humans. Without this activity, humans would only have basic life processes like plants. When we receive stimuli from all directions, we also generate a response that radiates outward from each point where we received the stimuli. These responses are known as sensations. The sentient-soul is the source of this activity and is as real as the physical body. Therefore, if we ignore someone's sentient-soul and only see them as a physical body, it would be like looking at a blank canvas instead of a completed painting.
The perception of the sentient-soul is similar to that of the ether-body. Our bodily organs cannot detect it. However, there is a higher faculty that can observe the inner realm of such sensation. With this faculty, one can not only perceive into the physical realms, but also the essence of sensations. Those with this faculty can see the sensation world of others, while everyone can only experience their own sensation world.
If someone doesn't have clairvoyance, they can only understand the sensory world based on their own experiences. But if they have spiritual perception, they can see things hidden within someone else. The sentient-soul relies on the ether-body for its activity and draws sensations from it. The sentient-soul is influenced by the physical body. The physical body restricts the sentient-soul, but the soul extends slightly beyond the physical body. There is a part of the human constitution called the soul-body that exists between the physical body and the sentient-soul. This is referred to as the "astral shape" or "Kama Rupa." There is also a finer aspect of the ether-body that harmonizes with the sentient-soul. However, the sentient-soul goes beyond the boundaries of the soul-body.
The term "sensation" mentioned here only represents a small part of the soul. To make it easier to understand, we call this aspect the sentient-soul. Along with sensations, it also includes strong emotions like desire and aversion, instinct and impulse, and intense passions that make up our individual existence. Just like sensations are connected to our physical body, these aspects of our soul also depend on our physical existence.
The soul is connected to both the body and the realm of thought and spirit. Thought is an important tool in this connection, allowing humans to gain knowledge and understanding of the world through their sensations. Humans use their thoughts to reflect on experiences and fulfill their desires, leading to advancements in civilization. These developments primarily serve the needs of the soul. Thought force connects the soul to a higher order beyond the physical body, allowing humans to transcend their limitations and connect to the spiritual kingdom through the sentient-soul.
Animals and undeveloped humans have sensations, impulses, instincts, and passions, but they act on them without thinking beyond their immediate experiences. This is different from the higher aspect of the soul that can think independently. This thinking soul can also be called the intellectual-soul or the emotional thought-soul.
The intellectual-soul and sentient-soul are intricately connected, but those who can understand the soul can recognize the intellectual-soul as a distinct entity, separate from the sentient-soul.
By using the power of thought, humans can go beyond their personal existence and gain a deeper understanding. They find comfort in the fact that the laws of thought align with the laws of the world, allowing them to feel a sense of belonging. When seeking truth within themselves, they discover that their inner voice is connected to the essence of the world. The truth realized through thought has significance not only for themselves, but for the entire world. Emotions may come and go, but the truth holds its value independent of them. Even though some human truths may later be recognized as errors, it is important to acknowledge that truth exists on its own and has enduring significance. Those who pursue truth recognize its eternal nature. If truth solely depended on human emotions, it couldn't be a universal objective for all mankind.
The fact that someone wants to pursue something confirms its importance and uniqueness.
Just like truth, the truly good remains steady and unchanging. It goes beyond our temporary desires and emotions, as it controls them instead of being influenced by them. Our personal likes and dislikes are part of who we are, but duty is more important, sometimes even leading us to make great sacrifices. A person's greatness is measured by how well they align their desires and passions with their recognized duty, without any force or servitude. Like truth, the moral good has an inherent and timeless value that is not affected by our changing feelings.
By tapping into the innate goodness and truth within ourselves, we can rise above mere emotions and experience a higher level of existence. This connection to the eternal spirit illuminates our soul and allows us to merge our finite existence with the infinite. The truths and virtues within our soul are immortal and unchanging, and this eternal radiance is known as the consciousness-soul. Animals also possess a certain level of consciousness, but human consciousness is unique and separate from mere sensations and impulses. Our consciousness-soul is distinct from our intellectual-soul, which is tied to our personal biases and emotions. While we may initially believe what aligns with our preferences and feelings, only the truths that transcend these biases endure. The part of our soul where this truth resides is known as the consciousness-soul.
Just like how we recognize three separate parts within the physical body, we should also acknowledge that there are three separate parts within the soul: the sentient-soul, the intellectual-soul, and the consciousness-soul.
The physical and spiritual aspects of our being are intertwined, with the physical body influencing the soul and the spiritual essence expanding it. The soul's capacity for the eternal grows as it embraces Truth and Goodness, and this can be seen by those who can perceive the soul. The physical body is just a small part of the whole being, with various layers extending beyond it. These layers include the ethereal body, the soul-body, the sentient-soul, and the intellectual-soul. The expansion of the intellectual-soul is fostered by embracing the True and the Good, while living solely for personal desires limits it. Together, these organizations create an energy cloud surrounding the physical body.
During childhood, there is a moment when a person first realizes that they are separate from the rest of the world. This experience is particularly significant for sensitive individuals. Poet Jean-Paul describes this moment as a revelation of self-consciousness, where he saw himself for the first time and this awareness has remained with him ever since. Young children often refer to themselves as if they were talking about someone else because they have not yet developed a sense of their own existence. Self-awareness allows individuals to perceive themselves as independent beings, separate from others.
Within the core of a person, their physical and spiritual experiences come together, revealing their true self. External stimuli awaken sensations, the outside world triggers emotions, and actions express one's will. However, the ego remains unseen, hidden within the innermost depths of a person. This self-discovery is a solitary process, occurring in the most sacred and concealed chamber of a person's being. The individual gains more control over their physical body and inner self, which is reflected in their vibrant and intricate aura. The essence absorbs the radiant light from within and incorporates it into its being. The individual's experiences and thoughts of truth and goodness contribute to their essence. The senses and spirit provide insight into the individual's essence. The body and soul serve the essence, while the essence surrenders to the spirit for fulfillment. The essence exists within the body and soul, while the spirit resides within the essence. The essence is influenced by the physical, growth, reproduction, and soul laws, as well as the spiritual laws. The spirit remains detached from the cycle of birth and death.
The self is at the core of our being, residing within the soul. It is most fully expressed in the consciousness-soul, but it also influences the body. The spirit, which is like a protective covering, exists within the self and nurtures it from within. This spirit is known as the spirit-self and is considered the true identity of an individual. By distinguishing between the spirit-self and the consciousness-soul, we can understand that the consciousness-soul embodies objective truth, while the spirit-self incorporates that truth into the individual's unique existence.
By deeply understanding and embracing eternal truths that are inseparable from one's true nature, individuals can transcend the limitations of time and achieve a state of timeless existence.
Our true selves are deeply connected to the spiritual realm within us, just as our senses connect us to the physical world. We can perceive the physical world through our senses, while the spiritual world reveals itself through truth and goodness. We can think of this revelation of the spiritual world as "intuition," similar to how we think of sensing the physical world as "sensation." Even our simplest thoughts contain elements of intuition, as they come from the depths of our spirit rather than being tangible or visible. When an underdeveloped person and a cultivated person observe the same plant, their inner experiences are very different. The more advanced person can have deeper thoughts about it. If we only relied on our senses, we would not grow spiritually. Even the most basic human is influenced by nature, but the laws of nature only become clear to those who have cultivated their intuition. We all feel the stimuli from the external world, even as children, which prompts us to take action. However, moral principles and guidelines for virtuous living only become clear to us as we mature and embrace the spiritual realm and understand its revelations.
The core of human existence is our soul, which can gain wisdom from the spiritual realm through intuition, similar to how we gain knowledge from the physical world through our senses. Our soul becomes a personalized essence of the spiritual realm, while our senses allow us to connect with the physical world. Through these two avenues, our soul can establish connections with both the material and spiritual dimensions. The physical world provides information to our conscious mind through our physical body. Similarly, the spiritual realm constructs a spiritual body that allows us to perceive the spiritual dimension. The term "spirit-body" is used to highlight the equivalent concept in the spiritual realm.
The spiritual realm is similar to the physical world in that each person has a distinct spirit-body. Just as humans absorb and integrate materials from their physical surroundings, they also assimilate spiritual essence. The spiritual realm provides nourishment for humanity and people are born into it through the laws of truth and goodness. People exist as separate spiritual beings, referred to as spirit-man or Atma.
When examining the human body, it becomes clear that it is made up of the same materials and forces as the rest of the physical world. Similarly, our spirit contains elements and forces from the spirit world. Just like our physical body, our spirit exists as a separate entity capable of living and experiencing sensations. It is surrounded by a spiritual skin, known as the spirit-sheath or auric sheath, which separates it from the spirit world and allows it to perceive the spiritual essence of the world. This auric sheath has the potential to grow infinitely as a person evolves spiritually.
Our true essence is housed within a spiritual vessel called the spirit-sheath. Just as our physical body is shaped by the life-force in the physical world, our spirit is molded by the spiritual life-force. Similar to the concept of an ether-body, there is also an ether-spirit, referred to as the life-spirit. Therefore, the spiritual nature of humanity consists of three components: the spirit-man, the life-spirit, and the spirit-self. These elements are represented by the terms Atma, budhi, and manas respectively. Budhi, as a separate life-spirit, is formed through the manifestation of the spiritual life-force.
According to those who are spiritually enlightened, the essence of a person's spirit is a real and tangible part of them. They see the spirit as a vibrant life force within a spiritual covering, which grows as it absorbs nourishment from the spiritual realm. The spirit-covering expands as it takes in these spiritual elements. The main difference between the spiritual and physical aspects of a person is their size, with the physical being limited and the spiritual having limitless potential for growth. Through the physical body, the soul exists in the material world, while the spirit is able to explore the vastness of the spiritual realm.
To truly understand someone, we must acknowledge the different parts that make up their being. The physical body is connected to the material world and shaped to accommodate the intellectual self. It transforms into the ethereal life-body and connects with the external world through the senses, evolving into the soul-body. The soul-body has its own inner life nourished by cognitive processes and sensory experiences, becoming the intellectual-soul. This transformation is possible by embracing intuitive insights and sensory impressions. The consciousness-soul emerges, infused with the spiritual realm and the faculty of intuition. Just as the physical body houses the senses, the spirit endows the consciousness-soul with the capacity for profound insights. The spirit-man and consciousness-soul are intertwined, like the connection between the physical body and sentient-soul. Together, they form a harmonious unity, with the spirit-man thriving as the essence of life. The ethereal body serves as the foundation for bodily vitality in the soul-body, much like how the physical body is protected by the skin.
The self is deeply rooted in the soul and receives divine energy from the spirit. This allows the individual to embody spiritual essence. Through this harmonious connection, humans can access the interconnectedness of the physical, soulful, and spiritual realms. With their physical, etheric, and soul bodies, individuals thrive and are guided by transformative spiritual forces. Eventually, they ascend to the ethereal realm. The soul acts as a bridge between these realms, grounding human experience and enabling growth and evolution.
Written and Copyrighted by: The Midnight Occult Society
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