The Higher Self — part 1 and Part 2
The Higher Self — part 1. The Spiritual Realities are vast and the curiosity and daringness of each Soul enables it to experience these new diversities and transcend boundaries. We took birth on the Earth to have these unique experiences and in the process also dared to break the laws and witness the other extremes.
In such adventures, it is possible to lose our way and get stuck and a similar thing happened to us. We had to then rely on external guides to help us till we were capable of guiding ourselves. At a stage of its exploration and evolution, the Soul wanted to experience multiple realities simultaneously, still being present in our Cosmos of duality and Maya. God consented and this gave rise to the concept of the Higher Self.
Generally when most people use the expression of ‘Higher Self’, they refer to an aspect of ourselves which is of a Higher Intelligence. It usually refers to contacting our astral self or in some cases even our Causal Self.
But the Higher Self is actually a different and independent reality. The Higher Self of a person is another physical body belonging to the same Soul, present in the Higher Lokas (Urdhva Lokas).
For example a person on our Earth which belongs to the Bhoo Loka can have 6 Higher Self’s, one in each of the Higher Lokas. The emphasis is on the aspect that all these physical beings are part of the same Soul. It is the astral body that divides and occupies different physical bodies.
In Sanskrit, the Higher Self is referred to as the Amulya Atman. Unlike the common perception that everyone has a Higher Self, only a smaller percentage of humanity on our Earth have their Higher Self.
Creation of the Higher Self’s:
The Higher Self is a complex reality and its creation is not a part of every Souls journey. It is pursued only by some Souls to explore the diversity and the higher capacities of the Soul. Lifetimes of sincere Sadhana is required by the individuals to build up these capabilities. Also, to some extent the Soul should be willing to be of service in Creation and cannot pursue all these higher realities for their own experience.
There are special guides present in our Cosmos called the Atma Palakas. These special Beings permit the creation of Higher Self and monitor their conduct and functioning subsequently.
So how does the Higher Self get created?
To begin with, an individual should be pursuing their Sadhana seriously for a minimum of 7 lifetimes to be eligible to create their Higher Self. This amount of Sadhana is required as creating a Higher Self requires a lot of spiritual strength and maturity and also the individual should have the necessary energies in them to be able to do it.
The Higher Self’s are created usually after the death of the physical body. The Atma Palakas permit and also guide the individual in creating the Higher Self’s. The astral body gets divided and each of these entities is eligible to take birth separately. In the first step, the individual will be able to create only three Higher Self’s; corresponding to Bhuva Loka, Suva Loka and Maha Loka.
To become eligible to have a Higher Self in Jana Loka and above, further Sadhana is required by the Soul through all these three entities. Also, it is mandatory that the individual should be willing to be a part of God’s work and be of service to others, other than being spiritually evolved and serious in their Sadhana. Due to this condition many choose not to create their Higher Self’s in these Planes.
The Higher Self’s of these three higher Planes are created in two or three steps depending on the potential of the individual. Usually, only the Higher Self corresponding to Jana Loka gets created in the next phase. The Higher Self’s relating to Tapo Loka and Satya Loka are created in the third phase only.
During the whole journey of creating the Higher Self’s, the individuals trust in the Divine should be absolute. They should also develop the spiritual faculties like the proper functioning of their Third Eye and ability to travel astrally. The individual should also have a strong Intuition as this is the means through which an individual communicates with the Soul and the Higher Self’s.
Usually the Self belonging to a particular Loka will continue to take birth only in that Plane and they are subject to the respective spiritual and karmic laws of the particular Plane. The karmas gained by the respective Self’s, will not affect the others. And it will be the responsibility of that Self only, to clear them.
If too many rules and regulations are violated by any of the Higher Self, they are counselled and advised. If it continues further, the Atma Palakas have the right to even severe that Self from the remaining personality.
There are many Souls who have been created by the Divine for service and work. These Souls will be eligible to create all the 6 Higher Self’s just after one lifetime of experiencing life.
There are some rare cases where a Soul marries a special Soul like a Rishi or a Lightworker. Such souls will also be able to create Higher Self’s in the next birth itself if they progress well spiritually. The principle criterion behind this is that these Souls choose to assist and serve their partner in their Work, and the creation of their Higher Self’s will equip them better in doing so.
There are individuals who do intense Tapas or practice serious tantric techniques and advance spiritually quite rapidly. They too with the grace from God will be able to create a Higher Self by the time of their next birth itself.
In a few situations, the Soul would have been a part of the dark groups earlier and transform subsequently. For these Souls to be eligible to create the Higher Self’s, they will first be severely tested about their intentions for 7 lifetimes first. Then they will follow the natural course like the other Souls where they will have to do serious Sadhana for another 7 lifetimes before they become eligible for the creation of the Higher Self’s.
Amsha and Higher Self:
A Higher Self is created when the astral body is split and each of them can live independently by taking a separate physical body. But they will all have the same Soul. This is different from an Amsha.
An Amsha occurs at the level of the Soul itself. It is a small part of Light from the larger field of Light and it assumes its own independent identity. Even the different Koshas the Amsha acquires will be from the parent Personality.
Usually the term Amsha is used to describe various Avataras and Personalities who have their origin from the Divine Plane of either Devi, Shiva, Vishnu or Brahma.
These Amshas take birth on the Earth mainly to help humanity and not to experience life. They are not allowed to have Higher Self’s.
The natural question which arises next is whether there a Lower Self and do we have them. Yes, there are Lower Self’s and they refer to the aspect of the individual which exists in the lower Planes (the Adholokas). Normally the Souls from ParaBrahma are not permitted to take birth in these Planes.
There are Souls created by Lord Brahma to exist in these Lower Worlds and these Souls through their ‘growth’ have the Lower Self’s. In Sanskrit these Lower Self’s are referred to as Naiychi Atman. A Lower Self can be defined as a part of individual which exists in the Lower Planes. Some of the dark Souls are created by Lord MahaVishnu too (for example Kali Purusha). These Souls are not permitted to have Lower or Higher Self’s.
There is a much advancement of materialism is these Worlds and many Souls pursue this knowledge. There is also an abundance of knowledge on occult sciences and powers and many individuals connect to these Worlds to gain such knowledge. We have met many tantrics and other aspirants wanting Siddhis (powers) who have 3 Higher and 3 Lower Self’s.
As adventurers, there are many Souls who have wanted to explore these worlds and experience the density and intense materialism in Creation other than the Spiritual heights. These advanced Beings have a Self in all the 14 Lokas. There are many advanced laws of the Cosmos that they will have to meet to be eligible for this advanced existence and therefore the number of such Souls is very less.
The individual Soul in such cases who have 14 Self’s have the right to choose whether to side with the Light or the dark. For example, Osama Bin Laden has a Self in all the 14 Planes but works for the dark forces whereas the present Dalai Lama, who also has a Self in all the 14 Planes, works for the Light.
All the Higher Self’s function under the guidance of the same Soul and they are interlinked with each other. Yet they function independently and the action of one of the Self does not affect the other.
The Soul will be monitoring the activity of all them in parallel. It is difficult to logically explain this concept that the individual through the different Self’s will be living in different physical bodies but will all have the same Soul.
More percentage of the Soul is active in the Higher Self of Satya Loka and it gradually reduces as we come down. Due to the Soul participating in so many spiritual activities simultaneously, it will contain a lot of Light. If any psychic can witness the Souls of different individuals, the Souls of those having their Higher Self will be much brighter than the individuals that do not.
Each of the Higher Self is subjected to the spiritual and karmic laws of its respective Loka. If any of these laws are violated, they have to go through the effects individually. Normally, as the individual and the Higher Self’s are spiritually advanced; not many problems or karmic imbalances occur. The Rishis and Atma Palakas also monitor and guide the Self’s at various junctures.
Each of the Self’s can communicate with the other for gaining additional knowledge and energies. But there are various laws and rules that will have to be followed. We shall explore these in detail in part 2 of the article.
It is normally understood that all the Self’s look alike. The Higher Self’s are not a replica of how we look like here. In most of the cases there is hardly any similarity in their appearance with each other.
The capabilities like multiplying the physical body is attained only when the individiual has a Higher Self in Tapo Loka and above. Also, extensive training is required before the individual can successfully do this. - http://www.vishwaamara.com/higher-realities/the-higher-self-part-1/
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In the next part of the article on Higher Self, we shall understand the laws applicable to connect with and communicate with the Higher Self and explore the principles behind the severing of one of the Self’s from the main personality.
The Higher Self — part 2. To enable the Soul to experience further diversity in our Creation, God permitted it to have multiple physical bodies simultaneously so that it could have various experiences through these bodies in parallel. The different bodies are present in the different Planes (Lokas) and are known as the Higher Self’s.
The concept of Higher Self is complex and intricate. In the first article on the Higher Self, we have presented the details on how an individual becomes eligible to create a Higher Self and the process of doing so. We have also explored some of the characteristics and laws that govern the Higher Self.
In this second and concluding part, we explore the laws that govern the communication with one’s Higher Self and comprehend the realities which lead to the severing of one of the Self’s from the main personality. We also try and understand whether there are Realties beyond the Higher Self.
CONTACTING THE HIGHER SELF
The individual had to grow spiritually over many lifetimes to be eligible to create the Higher Self. Then the different Higher Self’s were created in phases which also helped the Soul to cope up with the new realities and experiences. The various Self’s are from the same Soul and in reality, One Being, and therefore they can communicate with each other and take help from the other if necessary. But there are various spiritual laws which govern the intercommunication amongst the different Self’s. These laws are monitored by the Atma Palakas. Some of the important laws that pertain to the communication are –
1. Generally the person having a Higher Self is slightly advanced in his spiritual growth. But the individual should have begun pursuing their spiritual journey in this lifetime also. If they are not spiritual in this birth, even though they may have a Higher Self, they will not be able to communicate and seek guidance from it.
But sometimes, if one of the Self’s is going astray, the Higher Self can communicate with it, guide and help it to fall in line. The Lower Self in such cases need not be aware of the existence of a Higher Self. The communication occurs at the level of the sub-conscious Mind.
2. There are special techniques with the help of which the individual can communicate with their Higher Self. But more than these techniques, the essential criteria is Love, selflessness and surrender.
For some individuals, the contact is very easy and natural and they can do so without much effort. For the others who have to make a lot of efforts, care should be taken by the individuals. The Rishis mention that in the beginning stages, more often than not, the individuals land up contacting spirits and assume that it is their Higher Self. Hence it is advisable to take guidance and help from their spiritual guides.
3. The next important criteria is that the Higher Self’s should permit us to communicate with them. Unless they explicitly permit, energies and knowledge cannot be obtained from them.
There are Divine Personalities in charge of each Loka. The other aspect of this law is that these personalities should also permit the individual to communicate with the Higher Self pertaining to that Loka.
4. To a large extent, the individual should have his spiritual faculties like a strong Intuition and other communication channels operative, and should be able to travel astrally and recall the travel and other details. This is important as it is through these communication channels that we communicate with the Higher Self.
5. Another condition for the contact is that the knowledge and energies we obtain from the Higher Self cannot be used for selfish purposes. Generally, the individuals who have a Higher Self and are pursuing their spirituality will somehow be associated with working for the betterment of humanity directly or indirectly (They need not be spiritual guides or workers alone. They can also be scientists, social workers or individuals pursuing fine arts for example). The energies and knowledge obtained from the Higher Self will be utilised in their work and service here. If an individual is pursuing only his Sadhana, he will not be given much knowledge and energies by his Higher Self.
6. There are fewer restrictions for the Higher Self to communicate with the Lower Self on its own accord. They can take initiatives by themselves at times to help the other Self’s. The Higher self sometimes helps the individuals to grow spiritually too. They help in releasing finer energies through the chakras, raising the higher types of Kundalini and also help the individual to equip themselves better.
SEVERING OF ONE SELF FROM THE OTHERS
Generally the Higher Self’s are spiritually advanced and mature Beings. Hence not much problems are expected. The Atma Palakas keep a close check on the Self’s of Bhuva Loka and Suva Loka. The Self’s higher than that do not require so much of scrutiny and monitoring.
Severing is not a common occurrence. In fact, it is permitted only in exceptional cases and there are various laws that govern this aspect which is again monitored by the Atma Palakas.
When the Highest Self of the Soul is to be severed, or the Self’s from Jana, Tapo and Satya Loka wants to withdraw, there is a possibility that all the Self’s are withdrawn and merged together. The reasons are studied and only then a decision is taken.
Amongst the different instances of a Self being severed, the main occurrence is when one of the Self’s gets severely damaged. The damage could occur due to getting injured at the astral level or getting exposed to very strong or negative energies. In such cases the astral form of the Self is severed from the remaining and then allowed to return to the Source. The karmas and energies if any are merged with the remaining Self’s.
In a few instances, the Spiritual Body or the Anandamaya Kosha of the individual gets seriously damaged. This affects the health and functioning of all the Higher Self’s. In such situations one or two of the Self’s are severed to help in recovering the health of the other Self’s.
There are some occasions when one Self will want to get severed and exist independently. It is permitted only in very rare occasions. If the Self wants to attain Multi and is from the higher four Lokas, they even have to capacity to acquire all the karmas from the remaining Self’s and attain Mukti, thereby giving a boost in the growth of the remaining Self’s.
If that Self wants to continue existing in the Creation, it should have the capacity to acquire a new Soul and integrate with it.
In some cases, one of the lower Self’s will be pursuing Siddhis and occultism very intensely and the growth in these area may affect the other Higher Self’s. In such cases the lower Self will be severed from the main personality, but again, that Lower Self should be advanced enough to acquire a new Soul for itself from God.
BEYOND HIGHER SELF’S
The concept of Higher Self’s was created by God to help each Soul to explore and experience the diversity of the Creation further. As explained in the earlier article, to acquire the Higher Self in the Jana, Tapo and Satya Loka’s itself, the Soul should be willing to be a part of God’s work and assistance to help humanity.
The Soul is daring and skillful to acquire many capabilities through its growth and grow beyond the Higher Self’s and to facilitate this, God has enabled various laws through which it can be done. But this journey can be undertaken by the Souls only for service and not for experiencing.
What is beyond the Higher Self?
A person having all the seven Higher Self’s itself is a highly spiritually evolved person. The Soul would have developed all the spiritual faculties and would be proficient in using them. The necessity of wanting to grow beyond the Higher Self’s arises as the Soul will be wanting to be of more service in the Creation and the different laws of the Lokas will be limiting it in its functioning.
In such cases, the Self’s are allowed to merge together and form one unit and they will have the capacity to multiply themselves into multiple bodies at the same time and serve independently. For example there are many Rishis who are present in thousands of bodies in parallel in our Cosmos, each working for the betterment of the life in the planet they are in.
The Saptarishis monitor and permit this. They check the eligibility of every Soul which wishes to do this and if found eligible also channel a special blessing from God to them.
The first criterion to be eligible for this is that they should have acquired a lot of Tapas energies in them. This is required so that the Soul can be capable of multiplying into many bodies and executing the work.
The Soul should have also completed a minimum of thousand years of service through each of the Higher Self’s before they are allowed to merge together and multiply into many individual forms.
We tried to understand about Maharshi Amara who is one example of a Master who has gone beyond the Higher Self’s. He is one of the most advance Rishis in our Creation and has taken up many many forms, just to serve God. He is personally in charge of the works of 7 Galaxies of the Material Cosmos including our Milky Way Galaxy and to execute this responsibility, has multiplied himself into millions of bodies. Other than the 7 Galaxies, he is also present in millions of other bodies in different parts of our Creation participating in the works of God.
The life is different in each of the Galaxies and his work and role is different in each. In one of the Galaxies that he is in charge of, the entire life is astral. Stars (like our Sun) make up the planetary system and no physical life is possible. In that Galaxy, he is present in thousands of astral forms.
In another Galaxy, he is present in 8009 astral forms and each of them has taken up 43 physical bodies; which is about three and a half lakh physical bodies!
In another Galaxy, he has only 7 physical forms but more than 108 million astral forms.
The above information left us stunned no doubt but also humbled and speechless for days. The magnitude of his love and humility was beyond comprehension. Then we dared to understand a little about the other Rishis as well but did not receive much.
Beyond Even This!
The Rishis shared some information which highlighted the possibilities that a Soul can grow towards, which is even beyond the multiplying of our bodies into millions of forms. It was revealed that Vishwamitra Maharshi and Vasishtha Maharshi form another category altogether. They do not take up so many astral forms and physical bodies. They come as specks of Light directly and each speck is radiant with their qualities. Each of the speck has the capacity to guide and execute all the work required of them. And they are present in our Cosmos in billions of such specks of Light helping life and participating in the governing of God’s Creation. - http://www.vishwaamara.com/higher-realities/the-higher-self-part-2/Filed under: Spiritual
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