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Friday, November 25, 2011

Afterlife : Astral Heaven Explained By Paramahansa Yogananda 1



"Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree,believest thou ? Thou shalt see greater things than these."And he saith unto him ,"Verily,Verily,I say unto you,hereafter ye shall see heaven open,and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the son of man"
(John 1:50-51)

Many people cling to their shadowy doubts even when an inner feeling urges belief in a truth; but when belief is transmuted into realization,mental wandering ceases.In the clear atmosphere of faith,realization continues to unfold.Jesus's word were said to encourage Nathaniel: "As you believe in me receiving my astral and thought vibration,greater things than this you will be able to perceive; you shall see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending upon son of man"

"Son of God",refers to the soul,the individualized expression of the "only begotten" Christ Consciousness reflection of God omnipresent in creations.The "Son of Man" signifies the physical body with its faculties,which even in divine man is at best a limited instrument for the material expression of the soul.The senses of the physical body are enamored with impressions of the world of matter,but they have no inkling of the marvels of God's overspreading creation unseen within and beyond the gross  manifestation.In that hidden realm of cosmic beginnings, sustenance and dissolution lie all the mysterious wonder-workings of the macrocosmic universe  and the microcosm of man.  

Jesus has already said to Nathaniel that he had already been able to intuit that grand other world that supports the three-dimensional sensory world,he would be able to thereafter develop further his divine sight: "Through the opening of the spiritual eye you shall see the glories of astral heaven,and the transmigration of luminous astral bodies ascending out of death's dark abyss of discarded physical bodies into the light of the astral kingdom.Also you shall behold the astral beings descending from the celestial spheres into the  to-be-formed physical bodies of newly conceived babies."Birth and death - creations most tantalizing mystery revealed.

At the end of each earthly sojourn the soul emerges from its fleshly prison, garbed in its heavenly,casual and astral coverings of consciousness and life energy - an angelic contrast to the corruptible physical form.Astral freedom is compulsory for those whose karma compels eventual return to the physical incarnation; but those who transcend the self -woven cause-effect nets of earthbound desire progress by continuing spiritual effort through ever higher spheres of the astral realm and even finer casual heavens,eventually earning enrollment in the heavenly host of perfected beings.Thus does each soul rise to its course.

Genesis in the bible tells us the Universal becoming.In brief : "In the beginning God created heaven and earth.And earth was without form,and void (pure consciousness,the creative thoughts of God that are ideational causes of all beginnings)

And God said, "Let there be light'.and there was light (The basic building blocks of manifested forms - structural essence of God's triune creation : the vibratory light of thoughttrons,lifetrons,atom)

And God said,"Let there be a firmament in the midst of waters (creative elements) and let it divide the waters from the waters' (subtle casual and astral elements from the gross physical elements).

And God made the firmament (Fine vibratory etheric space providing a background for gross manifestation and serving as a curtain to divide the physical universe from the overlying astral realms)

And divided the water which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament .And God called the firmament heaven (The astral world secreted behind the etheric space)

And God said,"Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together into one place and let the dry land appear" (materialization of the gross elements in to a physical universe)

-From the book,The Second Coming Of The Christ (Discourse 10)



Other Articles On Karma and Afterlife In This Blog :
Afterlife : The Divine Helps Those Who Helps Themselves
Afterlife : Rebirth,The Return Of The Soul Explained By Vedas
Afterlife : Veda Vyasa And The Caterpillar - A Story That Illustrates The Significance Of Vaishnava Parana (A Force In Nature That Erase Our Past Life Memories)

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