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Yogic Existence in the ASTRAL PLANES



One day on your spiritual journey, you will feel as though you have isolated yourself from the world, life and human community at large. 

Detached from your human body and psychological identity you will experience overwhelming joy mixed with dread, with joy stemming from the possession of a new light, astral body, and fear stemming from the fact that you will be entering a foreign, unseen plane. 



In the new plane, the new consciousness is very primitive at first. You will only experience a spinning, vibrating, small astral world of illumination of golden stars, objects, and beings, and you will only feel a light, airy body. You might feel as though you're floating in mid-air.

You will never fall, but the fresh experiences and emotions that come with subtlety are novel at first. It is unclear if you leave the body and remain. You are utterly oblivious of how you have detached yourself from the body. The fresh happiness is indescribable. You'll need to see and see it for yourself. When you return to body consciousness, you have a strong desire to reclaim the current consciousness and to stay in that state at all times. In the process of Sadhana, you can be able to go beyond body-consciousness once a month or so by chance, by repeated attempts. You will be able to leave the body at will and continue for a long time if you persevere with persistence and Yogic activities.



You will use your astral body to fly to any location you like and materialize there by drawing the requisite materials from Ahamkara or the universal storehouse.



To occultists and Yogis who understand the logic and thorough methodology of the various operations, the method is quite basic. Those that can work with the astral body can quickly do thought-reading, thought-transference, psychic healing, remote healing, and so on. Concentrated mental rays will pass through solid objects and fly for miles.


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THE ELEMENTS - Yogic Experience of Elemental Spirits



During meditation, these elementals will appear. They are odd figures, those with long teeth, large mouths, three heads, faces on the belly, no flesh and no skin, and so on. 

They are Bhuvar Loka residents. They're Bhutas, by the way. They're going to be Lord Siva's attendants. They take dreadful shapes. They are completely harmless. 



They just show up on the set. They've come to put your bravery and strength to the test. They are powerless. They would not be able to stand in front of a pure, ethical aspirant. 

They will be pushed further if you repeat Om or your Guru Mantra. If young people see a dead corpse, a body hanging from a tree, or a brutal assassination, they still think of this incident. 



Even in meditation, the same idea will arise and take on a strange shape. They can see the same shape in front of their eyes over and over again. They have nothing to be afraid of. 

It's just a figment of their imagination. A coward is unfit to serve in the divine rows. Fear must be destroyed. Develop your bravery. Take a chance.







YOGIC EXPERIENCE — MYSTIC VISIONS OF LIGHTS



Due to intense focus, various types of lights appear during meditation. A soft, white light the size of a pinhead will appear in the forehead at the gap between the two brows, which tentatively refers to the Ajna Chakra, at first. Different colored lights, white, black, red, smoky, blue, green, mixed lights, flashes like lightning, flames, moon, sun, stars, and sparks will be visible while the eyes are closed. Tanmatric lights are what they're called. Tanmatras come in a variety of colors. The use of yellow and white lights is very popular. Small balls of white or red light float around in front of the mind's eye at first. When you first notice this, know that your mind is getting more stable and that your focus is improving.

For a few months, the light will become larger, and you will see a complete blaze of white light that is larger than the sun. These lights are not constant at first. They surface and vanish in an instant. These lights show more consistently and stay constant for a long time while you have a consistent and systematic meditation practice of 2 to 3 hours. In Sadhana, seeing lights is a wonderful source of inspiration. It motivates you to maintain a consistent Sadhana practice. It instills in you a deep belief in extraterrestrial matter. The presence of the lights indicates that you have reached a level of awareness above the physical body. When the light arrives, you are in a semiconscious state. You're halfway between the two locations. When these lights appear, you do not move your leg. In your Asana, you must be completely still and breathe steadily.



You can sometimes see Devatas in lustrous forms or in other physical forms. You will be able to see your Ishta Devata or Guru. Darshan is given by Siddhas, Rishis, and others to inspire you. Beautiful parks, palatial houses, rivers, mountains, golden temples, and scenery that cannot be properly represented can be seen.

Many people of experiencing a strange feeling when concentrating intensely, as though an electric current were passing through the Muladhara-Chakra. Out of terror, they suddenly disrupt their bodies and return to physical consciousness. They have nothing to be afraid of. They should remain calm and wait for further opportunities.



Different people had different perspectives. One man's perspective could not be the same as another man's. When people have these encounters, they mistakenly think they have realized the Self, avoid their Sadhana, and try to travel with the public to preach and do Loka-Sangraha. This is a huge mistake. This isn't quite close to realization. These are all clear encouragements from your Ishta Devata to persuade you of the importance of a higher spiritual existence and to inspire you to practice with zeal and excitement. You'll have to dismiss them and send them out in the same way you did with earthly stuff. When you have these dreams, you must not give a damn. Your Lakshya must be aimed at the target. Visions can occur in some people within a few days, while others can take six to nine months to manifest. It is dependent on one's mental state and level of focus. Such people will not have those experiences, but they may continue to grow spiritually.

Often you'll see bright, dazzling lights that are larger than the sun. They are white in color.

They emerge and vanish easily at first. Later, depending on the degree of concentration, they become stable for 10 to 15 minutes. Lights can appear in front of the eyes or at some Chakra. Often the sun is so bright and dazzling that you have to take a break from your meditation and turn away. Any people are terrified and have no idea what to do or how to move. The mind engaged in concentration will disappear with continuous practice.

The astral realm is home to the beings and objects with which you interact during the early stages of Sadhana. Higher Devatas from the mental and higher planes descend to give Darshan and inspire Sadhakas. Shaktis manifest in a variety of lustrous shapes. They're fantastic. As soon as they appear in front of you, perform mental Puja.



Don't waste your time staring at these photos. This is just an amusement. All of this is meant to persuade you of the reality of superphysical and spiritual realities. Your own mental creations or realities on finer planes of matter, visions may be emotional or factual.

The universe is made up of different density matter planes. Tanmatras vibrate in a variety of ways, resulting in the creation of different planes. These entities or objects can appear in visions. Alternatively, they may be completely fictitious in many ways. They could be the result of your own obsessive thoughts coming to a head. You must be able to differentiate effectively.


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13 Notable Yogis



1. BRAHMAN SADASIVA

One hundred and twenty years ago, Sri Sadasiva Brahman, a renowned Yogi, lived in Nerur, near Karur, in the Trichinopolly district. He wrote the books "Atma Vilas," "Brahma Sutras," and other works. He was in Samadhi at the time. Floods in the Cauveri river engulfed him, burying him in earth. His body was frozen under the soil for many months. The agriculturists plowed the ground, injuring the Yogi's head. A small amount of blood dripped from the wound. They were completely taken aback. They dug the ground up. Sadasiva Brahman stood up and stepped out from his Samadhi. Any obnoxious people once came to beat him with sticks. They attempted to lift their hands, but they were unable to do so.

They remained as if they were sculptures. When he was walking about as an Avadhuta, he visited the Zenana of a Nawab almost nude. The Nawab became angry and used a large knife to sever his side.

Sadasiva Brahman smiled as he walked away. The guy, according to the Nawab, should be a great Sage. He took the maiden's hand in his and walked after the Sage. “O my Lord!” the Nawab exclaimed on the third day. As a result of my folly, I had to cut off your wrist. Please excuse me.” With the other side, Sadasiva merely touched the cut piece. A new hand appeared. Sadasiva forgave and blessed the Nawab.


2. JNANADEV 

Jnaneswar is another name for Sri Jnanadev. He was the world's greatest Yogin of all time. He was born in Alandi, which is about seven miles from Poona. His Samadhi is already there. All suspicions are dispelled if one reads the Gita penned by him by the hand of the Samadhi. Lord Krishna considers him to be an Avatara. He merely touched a buffalo when he was a kid. It was a recitation of the Vedas.

He had complete command of the elements. When he didn't have a vessel to cook in, his sister baked bread on his lap. At the age of 22, he joined Samadhi while still alive. He drew up all of the Prana and surrendered his physical body to the Brahmarandhra. He started writing Gita commentary when he was 14 years old. His Gita commentary is widely regarded as one of the greatest. He was elected President by a large assembly of Sanskrit Pandits in Benares.


3. SWAMI TRILINGA

Sri Trilinga Swami of Benares, who was born in Andhra Pradesh, lived in the 1950s. He existed for a total of 280 years. In Manasarovar, he made his Tapas (Tibet). He was once seen by Ramakrishna Paramahamsa in Benares. When he first came in for Tapas, he took some money with him. He opened a milk shop and gave away free milk to the homeless, Sadhus, and Sannyasins. He used to remain under the Ganga for up to six months at a time. He used to sleep with his foot over the Sivalinga in Kashi Visvanath's Temple. He once snatched the Governor's sword and hurled it into the Ganges. When the Governor ordered it back, he dove into the sea and returned with two knives, which the Governor couldn't spot. Any nefarious characters sprayed lime-water into his mouth. Sang Pachar Kriya immediately pumped it out of his anus.


4. GORAKHNATH 

Sri Gorakhnath, like Sri Jnanadev of Alandi, was a brilliant Yogi. Suraj, a Brahmin, lived in Chandragiri village, on the banks of the Godavari. Sarasvati was the name of his wife. They didn't have any girls. Yogi Matsyendranath went to Suraj's house for Bhiksha. Sarasvati pampered the Yogi with delicious food and Sraddha. She cried in front of him because she didn't have a kid. Yogi Matsyendranath blessed her with a pinch of holy ash and child blessings. She gave birth to a son afterwards. When Matsyendranath was twelve years old, he returned to Sarasvati and took the boy with him. He dispatched the youngster to Badrinarayan to perform Tapas. Apsaras and other Devatas descended upon him to molest him. He remained steadfast and triumphed over all temptations. He possessed incredible Siddhis. Matsyendranath also gave Gorakhnath, his disciple, all of his powers and Vidyas.

Sri Gorakhnath went to Badrinarayan in his 12th year and performed Tapas for 12 years, surviving solely on air. Gorakhnath had incredible Yogic abilities. Gorakhnath took the form of a lady by his Yogic powers and entered the inner apartments of the palace when his Guru Matsyendranath entered the dead body of a Raja (Parakaya Pravesh) to follow the instructions of Sri Hanuman to bear an offspring for a certain Rani (Kamarupa Siddhi). In another case, he created a clay toy child and gave it to the children of a particular village as a playmate. He turned a part of a mountain into gold and then returned it to its original state. On a rock, he urinated. It was transformed into gold. He fed everyone by spreading only leaves in a Kumbhamela on the banks of the Godavari, but he served various rich meals to everyone's taste. In the same Mela, he gradually shrank in size and took the shape of a mosquito (Anima Siddhi). He burned himself to ashes with his own Yogic strength and reverted to his original form. He completed Akasagamanam (walking in the sky). In this way, he was able to do several Siddhis. His disciple was Raja Bhartrihari.


5. SWAMI KRISHNA ASHRAM

At Daroli village, 14 miles below Gangotri, the Ganges' source, Swami Krishna Ashram is a living saint. He's been living there for the past eight years, naked in an icy area where an average man would need a woollen coat, a Gothma, and a half-dozen blankets. He was a Siva Bhakta, a devotee of Siva. He threw away all of his Puja vessels and traveled to Varanasi, where he took Sannyasa and stayed for a year. After that, he went to Hardwar and abandoned the Danda to become an Avadhuta. He was also in Uttarkashi. When he was bitten by sharp, large flies and blood was dripping from his body, he would never harass the flies. His stamina was incredible. Once in the Kshetra, an ignorant servant mocked him by pouring very hot Dhal on his hands for not carrying any vessel for Dhal. Swami Krishna Ashram drank the Dhal despite his scalded lips and paws.

Another Swami by the name of Bhuma Ashram lives in Daroli in a naked state. Krishna Ashram considers him a mentor.

Both Sadhakas must possess Titiksha, or the strength of stamina. This is one of Sadhana Chatushtaya's sixfold virtues. Read Chapter II of the Gita, Slokas 14 and l5. Titiksha, you will realize the significance of this virtue.


6. YOGI BHUSUNDA

Among the Yogins, Yogi Bhusunda is one of the Chiranjivis. He was an expert in the art of Pranayama. He is said to have constructed a large nest, resembling a mountain, on the southern branch of the Kalpa Vriksha, near the Mahameru's northern summit. This was Bhusunda's home. He was a Trikala Jnani Trikala Jnani Trikala Jnani Trikala Jnani Tri He could stay in Samadhi for as long as he wanted. He lacked interest.

He had ascended to the level of supreme Santi and Jnana. He was there, blissed out by his own Self, and he is still there as a Chiranjivi. He knew everything there was to know about the five Dharanas. By using the five techniques of concentrating, he had found himself immune to the five elements. It is said that when all twelve Adityas scorch the earth with their fiery rays, he would reach up to the Akasa through his Apas Dharana. He'd be in the Akasa via Agni Dharana as fierce gales shattered the rocks to splinters. When the earth and the Mahameru were submerged, he would float on top of them by Vayu Dharana.



7. TIRUMULA NAYANAR

In Kailas, Tirumula Nayanar was a brilliant Yogi. Through the grace of Nandi, Lord Siva's Vahana, he possessed all eight great Siddhis. He was Agastya Muni's mate. He traveled from Kailas to Varanasi and remained there. He then traveled to Chidambaram, Tiruvavaduturai, and other nearby towns. He went to Tiruvavaduturai's temple to worship Lord Siva and remained there for a while.

He once visited a garden on the Cauveri River's shores. He discovered the remains of a caretaker of a herd of cows there. He found that all of the cows had gathered around the cowherd's body, weeping bitterly. Tirumular's heart was moved by this. He felt terrible for the cows. He left his body in a certain location and joined the cowherd's dead body. Throughout the day, he looked after the cows and returned them to their homes. The cowherd's widow, who was unaware of her husband's death, hosted Tirumular, who was dressed as her husband's actual body. Tirumular turned down the bid. He desired to return to his own body. When he went looking for his body, he didn't find it where he expected it to be. And he realized it was all due to Lord Siva's goodness. He then went to Avaduturai with the cowherd's body and sat underneath an Asvattha tree on the temple's western side, writing a precious book called "Tirumantram" in Tamil. It is a 3000 verse book that contains the Vedas' meaning.


8. MANSOOR

Mansoor was a Brahma-Jnani Sufist. Four hundred years before, he lived in Persia. “Anal-haq! Anal-haq!” he kept chanting. This refers to the Vedantins' "Soham" or "Aham Brahma Asmi." The Badshah received reports that Mansoor was an atheist (Kafir) who was always saying "Anal-haq." The Badshah erupted in frustration. Mansoor was to be cut into sections, he ordered. His commands were carried out. And back then, the flesh fragments were uttering "Anal-haq." Since he was a full-fledged Samadhi Jnani and had complete identification with Brahman, he felt no harm. He was unconcerned with his appearance. The bits of flesh and bones were then thrown into the flames and reduced to ashes. Even back then, the ashes said, "Anal-haq." Throughout his life, he performed several miracles. Even Jnanis have the ability to perform miracles if they so wish and deem it appropriate for the situation. Sadasiva Brahman and the other Jnanis performed miracles. Every day, reflect on the lives of great men. You'll make it on the spiritual journey.


9. MILAREPA

Milarepa had been deeply impressed since his childhood by the impermanence and transience of all circumstances of earthly life, as well as the sufferings and wretchedness in which all beings were submerged. To him, life resembled a massive furnace in which all living things were roasting. This filled his heart with such piercing anguish that he was unable to feel even a fraction of the divine bliss experienced by Brahma and Indra in their heavens, let alone the earthly joys and delights afforded by a life of worldly glory.

In the other hand, he was so enthralled by the vision of immaculate purity, by the chaste beauty in the description of the state of perfect freedom and omniscience associated with the attainment of Nirvana, that he didn't care if he died in the search for which he had set out, endowed as he was with full faith, keen intellect, and a heart overflowing with all-pervading awe.

He was able to demonstrate transcendental knowledge in the control of the ethereal and spiritual nature of the mind by soaring across the sky, walking, sitting, and sleeping on the air until obtaining transcendental knowledge in the control of the ethereal and spiritual nature of the mind. He could also create fires of fire and springs of water from his body, as well as convert his body into whatever entity he wished, persuading nonbelievers and leading them to religious pursuits.

He was flawless in the four stages of meditation, and as a result, he was able to project his subtle body and be present as the presiding Yogi in twenty-four holy places where gods and angels congregate like clouds for divine communion.

He had the ability to direct gods to elementals and have them carry out his orders instantly, in order to complete all tasks. He was a master of spiritual abilities. He was able to traverse and frequent all of the Buddhas' myriad holy paradises and heavens, where the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas reigning therein favored him with Dharma discourses and listened to his in exchange, such that his travels and sojourns there sanctified the heaven-worlds.


12. BONAPARTE, NAPOLEON

Napoleon Bonaparte was a highly focused person. His popularity was entirely due to his ability to concentrate. He had a variety of illnesses, including epileptic episodes, Brady cardia, and so on. He would have been much more effective if not for these afflictions. He was free to sleep wherever he wanted. He'd start snoring as soon as he got into bed. He'd wake up at the same second the alarm clock went off.

It's a form of Siddhi. He didn't have any Vikshepa or shilly-shallying on him. He possessed a Yogi's highly evolved Ekagrata. He could pull any single idea from the brain pigeon-hole, focus on it for as long as he wanted, and then push it back until he was done. In the middle of a busy war, he will sleep soundly at night and never worry. This was all due to his ability to focus.

Concentration has the ability to do something. Nothing can be accomplished without mental focus.

Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone and Balfour possessed a high level of mental acuity. They will fall asleep as soon as they went to bed. Make a mental note of the phrase "at this very moment." They'd never throw a ball.


As in the case of worldly people, for perhaps 15 to 20 minutes in bed. Consider how tough it is to fall asleep quickly after lying down. They had complete say of their sleeping patterns. They could even get out of bed whenever they wanted without the use of an alarm clock. Sleeping and waking up at the same time is only one indication of the influence of focus to a certain extent. Some people can fall asleep immediately after a long day's work, but they are unable to rise at the prescribed time. This is also an example of a very common occurrence. Concentration allows us to do miracles.


11. KABIR'S TEACHINGS

Kabir once tied a large pig to the front post of his house's verandah. Kabir invited an orthodox Brahmin Pundit to his home to discuss a philosophical problem. In front of the building, he saw a pig. He was agitated, impatient, and frustrated. “Dear Sir, how is it that you have tied a nasty animal that eats human excreta so close to your house?” he asked Kabir. You \shave no Achara. You are a scumbag. You are unfamiliar with the Shastras. You are illiterate.” “O Shastriji, you are dirtier than I am,” Kabir answered. I've bound the pig to the front post of my building, but you've tied the pig to your mind.” The Brahmin was irritated and left without saying anything. “If the mind is pure, you will find the Ganges in the cup,” says Man changa katorie me ganga. The value of mental purification cannot be overstated. Nothing will be accomplished on the spiritual journey without it.


12. A FRAUDULENT LATIN SCHOLARSHIP

To learn Latin, a certain man went to a Latin teacher. He spent a week with the instructor.

He found that the majority of the terms had a ‘o' at the top. He believed he needed to add the letter 'o' to the end of every word. He was fluent in English. He assured the teacher that he learned Latin and, with the teacher's permission, he returned to his hometown. He arrived at his home and tapped the handle, saying, "O, dear-o, wife-o, open-o, door-o." He assumed it was all in Latin.

Many scholars in Yoga and Vedanta are close to the learned Latin scholar mentioned above. They remain in the Ram Ashram Library or with Sadhus for a few days, learning the names Kundalini, Mula Chakra, Nadi, Pranayama, Maya, or Pratibimbavada, and then moving from place to place. Yoga and Vedanta are philosophies that can be practiced for 12 years under the guidance of a Guru. Then only one person would be able to master the subjects. Yoga and Vedanta can never be seen as a source of income. One need not mix with worldly people after learning a few words about Yoga and Vedanta. Perfection of Yoga needs a lot of practice time under the guidance of a great teacher.


13. AN ASPIRANT'S STORY

An aspirant approached a Gorakhnath Panth Mahant. Those who worship Gorakhnath wear large black celluloid or glass earrings. The Mahant pierced the aspirant's head, installed large earrings, and bestowed upon him the lovely name Yogi Ishvarananda. For three months, he stayed in the Ashram. He didn't make any moral strides. “This is not the proper path,” he thought to himself. Let me take a different route.” He then left the Ashram, wandered through dense jungles, and approached a Fakir, begging for initiation. The Fakir circumcised him, gave him a Mantra, and sent him on his way.


I requested that he grow a long beard. This did not please him either. Take a look at this bad aspirant's pitiful state. The ulcers in the ears have not yet recovered. He was in a lot of discomfort due to septic inflammation. There was a lot of pus coming out. He was still in a disturbed state of mind, and this situation further added to his fears. He commented thoughtfully that this was not the way to find the Guru. He made the clear decision that he would not wander, that he would stay in one solitary location and practice Tapas with continuous prayers to God. He chose a location and performed Tapas with honesty. This cleansed him and prepared him for the next stage. After a two-year time, a Guru emerged in front of him and introduced him into the profound mysteries of Yoga. Aspirants today are doing the same thing, hopping from place to place in search of a Guru. It's pointless. They must purify themselves in order to live a Yogic life. And if they come into touch with an Avatara by accident, they would not gain much if they do not have a solid base for a Yogic existence.


OTHER YOGINS

The yogi maintains mental power over the organs and functions of the body through different activities. He sculpts his body as though it were concrete. In front of the King, a Swami in London demonstrated how to stop his heart. A large number of capable doctors were present at the time and treated him. Desabandhu halted the radial and temporal pulses on both sides at will in 1926, as well as the heart's beatings for a brief while. 

In the Bombay Medical Union, he staged a protest. Hatha Yogi Hari Das, who buried himself underneath the earth for forty days after closely closing his nose, lips, ears, and eyes with wax, came back alive in Maharajah Ranjit Singh's Court in Lahore. Gunangudi Mastan, a Mohammedan Yogi, was buried in Madras.

Any Yogins are able to glide. Khechari Mudra is to blame for this.

Yogi Pratap was doing Viparitakarani Mudra at the time. Onlookers were asked to cover his head with mud on both directions. He stayed in that spot for the whole two hours. In Varanasi, German traveller Paul Deussen observed this firsthand. Varanasi's Sri Swami Vishuddhananda once brought a dead sparrow back to life. 


For a true Yogi, nothing is unlikely.







Astral Senses

 


The crass person who adopts the cheap cynical approach toward occult matters, which he reveals in his would-be "wise" comment that he "believes only in what his senses perceive," is well-known to the student of occultism. 
He seems to conclude that his cheap wit has put an end to the situation, implying that the occultist is a credulous, "simple" guy who believes in the presence of objects that defy the facts of the senses.

While the opinion or beliefs of people in this class are obviously unimportant to any genuine student of occultism, their mental mindset is worth noting insofar as it acts as an object lesson in the childlike attitude of the ordinary so-called "practical" individual when it comes to the matter of the facts of the senses. These ostensibly practical people have a lot to say about their senses.

They want to talk about "the facts of my senses." They still talk a lot about possessing "solid sense" and "sound common sense," and they often boast about having "horse sense," which they seem to think is an asset. Except, alas, for the greed of this group of people. They are often seen to be very credulous in matters outside of their ordinary work and thinking, following without doubt the most ludicrous teachings and dogmas given to them by the voice of some supposed authority, while scoffing at some sophisticated instruction that their minds are incapable of comprehending.

Anything that looks out of the ordinary to them is considered "flighty," and deficient in their cherished "horse sense." However, I have no intention of devoting time to these meaningless half-penny brains. I've included them to draw your attention to the fact that the concepts of "meaning" and "senses" are very closely linked in the minds of many people. They treat all awareness and wisdom as "meaning," with all such sense deriving directly from their five senses.

They almost entirely disregard the mind's intuitional stages and are oblivious of many of the higher thought mechanisms. Such people believe what their senses tell them to be so. They believe it is heresy to doubt a sensory analysis. "It almost makes me question my senses," one of their favorite lines goes. They are oblivious to the fact that their senses are, at best, faulty devices, and that the mind is continually engaged in correcting the erroneous reports of the usual five senses.

Not to mention the widespread occurrence of color blindness, in which one color seems to be another, our perceptions are far from precise. We can be led to believe that we smell or taste things that don't exist, and hypnotic subjects can be led to believe that they see things that don't exist except in the person's imagination. The well-known experiment of crossing one's first two fingers and positioning them on a small point, such as a pea or the tip of a lead pencil, demonstrates how "mixed" one's sense of feeling can get.

The several well-known examples of optical illusions illustrate that even our keen eyes may be deceived—every conjuror knows how simple it is to deceive the eye with persuasion and misleading gestures. The most well-known example of erroneous sense-reports is that of the earth's rotation. The world is a set, immovable entity, and the sun, moon, planets, and stars pass through it every twenty-four hours, according to a person's senses.

Only when one accepts the reasoning faculties' reports does one realize that the earth not only spins on its axis every twenty-four hours, but also circles around the sun every three hundred and sixty-five days; and that the sun, carrying the earth and other planets, moves around space, moving toward or through some unknown point far away.

If there is one sense report that seems to be without doubt or challenge, it is this basic sense report of the fixedness of the planet under our feet and the motions of the celestial bodies surrounding it—but we realize that this is only an illusion, and that the details of the case are very different.

Again, how many people are aware that the eye perceives something backwards and that the subconscious eventually learns to change the impression? I'm not going to convince any of you to question the results of your five senses.

That would be unintelligent, for we all depend on these five senses in our daily lives, and we would easily come to grief if we dismissed their reports. Instead, I'm attempting to familiarize you with the true nature of these five senses, so that you can recognize what they aren't as well as what they are; and so that you can see that it's not absurd to believe that the ego, or soul, of a person, has access to more channels of information than these commonly used five senses.

Once you have a correct empirical understanding of the true nature of the five ordinary senses, you will be able to comprehend the existence of the higher psychic faculties or senses intelligently, and therefore be well equipped to use them. So, let us take a few moments to get this basic wisdom firmly embedded in our heads. What precisely are the five senses? "Feeling, seeing, listening, eating, and smelling" would be the first response.

But that's a list of the various types of sensing. When it comes down to it, what is a "sense"? A sensation is a "faculty, possessed by creatures, of perceiving foreign objects by means of observations made upon the organs of the body," according to the dictionary. When we get down to the basics, we discover that man's five senses are the channels by which he becomes aware or conscious of knowledge about things outside of himself. These senses, however, are not limited to the sensory organs.

Back of the organs is a strange configuration of the nervous system, or brain centers, which carry up the signals obtained from the organs; and back of it is the ego, or spirit, or mind, which, at the end of the day, is the true KNOWER.

The eye is merely a camera; the ear, merely a sound-wave receiver; the nose, merely a sensitive mucous membrane arrangement; the mouth and tongue, merely a reservoir of taste-buds; the nervous system, merely a sensitive device built to send signals to the brain and other centers—all are merely part of the physical machinery, and all are susceptible to impairment or destruction. The true Knower who makes use of all this apparatus is at the heart of it all. Science tells us that of all the five senses, that of Touch or Feeling was the original—the fundamental sense.

All the others are thought to be variations and advanced versions of this initial sense of emotion. I'm telling you this not only because it's fascinating and instructive scientific knowledge, but also because knowing this truth will help you understand what I'll have to say about the higher faculties or senses more clearly. Many of the most primitive and simplistic types of animal life have only this one meaning, which is mostly underdeveloped.

The basic life type "feels" the touch of its food or other items that might meet it. Plants have a meaning like this, which in certain situations, such as the Sensitive Plant, is very established. We find signs of taste and anything akin to primitive hearing or sensitivity to sounds long before the sense of sight or light sensitivity existed in animal life. Smell evolved from the sense of taste, with which it is now closely associated.

The sense of smell of certain lower animal life forms is much more evolved than in humans. Hearing developed over time from the primitive sensation of sounds. The strongest of the senses, sight, came last and evolved from the basic sensitivity to light. Although, as you can see, both senses are just variations on the initial sense of touch or sensation. The touch or sensation of light waves striking the eye is registered. The touch or sensation of sound waves or air movements that enter the ear is registered.

The chemical touch of food particles or other compounds meeting the taste buds is recorded by the tongue and other taste seats. The chemical touch of gases or fine particles of material that meet the mucous membrane of the nose is registered. Sensory nerves detect the presence of external stimuli that meet nerve ends in different areas of the body's skin. Both of these senses merely document the interaction or "touch" of external objects, as you can see. The sense organs, on the other hand, are not responsible for detecting the presence of objects. They're all fragile bits of devices used to capture or collect primary impressions from the outside world.

As wonderful as they are, they have human predecessors, such as the camera, which is an artificial eye; the phonograph, which is an artificial ear; the delicate chemical apparatus, which is an artificial taster and smeller; and the telegraph, which is an artificial nerve. Not just that, but nerve telegraph wires are still there, carrying signals from the eye, ear, nose, and tongue to the brain, informing something in the brain of what has been sensed at the other end of the line.

If you cut the nerves that connect to the eye, even if the eye continues to register correctly, no message can enter the brain. And the brain will be rendered blind, with no messages from the nerves supplying the eye, ear, nose, tongue, or any other part of the body reaching it. You know, there's a lot more to getting meaning signals than you would imagine at first. All of this implies that the self, or spirit, or consciousness, as you like to call it, is the true Knower who becomes mindful of the outer world through the senses' signals.

When the mind is cut off from these texts, it becomes almost blank in terms of external objects. Any one of the senses would be diminished or cut off, implying that a portion of the ego's universe would be diminished or cut off. Similarly, each new meaning applied to the list continues to broaden and expand the ego's universe. In certain cases, we are unaware of this. Instead, we have the propensity of believing that the universe is made up of a finite number of objects and truth, and that we are aware of every single one of them.

This is a child's way of thinking. Remember how much smaller the world of a person born blind or deaf is relative to the world of the normal person! Consider how much bigger, broader, and more wonderful our planet would become if any of us were unexpectedly given a different meaning! How much more will we be able to perceive? What a difference it will make. How much more can we learn? How much more will we have to discuss?

Why, we're in the same boat as the unfortunate blind girl who said that the color scarlet must be similar to the sound of a trumpet. She had no idea of color because she had never seen a beam of light, so she could only see and talk in terms of touch, sound, taste, and scent. She would have been deprived of even more of her world if she had already been mute. Consider these points for a moment.

Assume, on the other hand, that we developed a new sense that enabled us to detect electrical waves. Under that scenario, we'd be able to "see" what was going on in another location—perhaps on the other side of the globe, maybe on another planet entirely. Imagine having the ability to see through a stone wall and into the rooms of a building if we had an X Ray sense. We might see what is going on Mars and transmit and receive emails from others who live there if our view was enhanced by the inclusion of a telescopic adjustment.

Or, if we could see all the mysteries of a drop of water with a microscopic adjustment—perhaps it's for the best that we can't. In the other side, if we have a well-developed telepathic sense, we would be mindful of others' thought-waves to the point that no secrets would be kept concealed from anyone—wouldn't it drastically change existence and human interaction? Many will be no more amazing than the evolution of our senses. We can do any of these stuff with devices built by man's brain—because man is nothing more than a natural imitator and adaptor.

Perhaps there are people on other worlds or planets that have seven, nine, or fifteen senses instead of the five we have. Who knows what will happen! However, it is not appropriate to use one's imagination to conjure up images of creatures on other worlds that possess more senses than humans. Although occult teachings affirm that there are entities on other worlds with senses as far higher than those of the earth-man as the latter's are higher than those of the oyster, we don't have to go far to find evidence of beings with far higher and more powerful faculties than those used by the average man.

We just need to understand man's higher psychical faculties right now to see what new worlds are available to him. When you have a scientific view of these things, you'll find so much of the overwhelming body of marvelous encounters of men throughout history, which the "horse sense" man dismisses as "queer" and "contrary to sense," is simply nothing mystical. You'll find that these interactions are almost as normal as those affecting the five senses—even though they are super-physical. You must understand that there is a significant distinction between supernatural and super-physical.

Both occultists are aware that man has additional senses beyond his five senses, but few men have learned them enough to use them effectively. Occultists refer to these extrasensory perceptions as "the astral senses." The name "Astral" is taken from the Greek word "astra," which means "star," which is used by both occultists, ancient and modern. It's used to define the planes that are directly above the physical plane. The astral senses are man's parallels to his earthly senses, and they are linked to the person's astral body in the same way as the physical senses are linked to the physical body.

The aim of these astral senses is to allow a person to obtain sensations on the astral plane in the same way as his physical senses allow him to do so on the physical plane. The consciousness of man experiences only the sense sensations of the actual organs of sense on the physical world; but, as the mind acts and vibrates on the astral plane, it needs astral senses to receive the impressions of that plane, which are present, as we shall see. Any of man's physical senses has a corresponding astral equivalent.

Thus, in latency, man can see, sound, taste, smell, and hear on the astral plane through his five astral senses. Furthermore, the strongest occultists understand that man has seven physical senses rather than only five, but these two extra senses are not activated in the normal human (though occultists who have reached a certain stage are able to use them effectively). In the astral plane, these two additional physical senses have equivalents.

People who have evolved their astral senses can receive astral plane sense sensations almost as clearly as they can receive actual plane sense impressions using their physical senses. For example, the individual can sense events on the astral plane; read the Akashic Records of the past; see events in other areas of the world; see past events; and, in unusual situations, catch glimpses of the future, though this is much rarer than the other types of astral sight. Again, using clairaudience, a person can hear sounds from the astral plane, both past and present, and in rare cases, hear things from the afterlife.

In either case, the explanation is the same: impulses are received on the astral plane rather than the actual plane. The astral sensations of hearing, taste, and sensing function in the same way. However, although we sometimes experience astral sensing, we scarcely experience astral smelling or tasting during those processes of psychic phenomena, because the astral senses are available and ready to be used. Only while moving in the astral body do the last two described astral senses, namely scent and taste, come into action.

Telepathy, also known as mind transference, is a phenomenon that exists on both the physical and emotional planes. On the physical world, it manifests randomly, while on the astral plane, it is as transparent, consistent, and receptive to demand as astral perception, for example. The average person experiences only sporadic bursts of astral sensing and is rarely able to witness the phenomena at will. In the other hand, a learned occultist will move from one set of senses to the other with a simple act or effort of will anytime he wishes.

Advanced occultists will also work on both the physical and astral realms simultaneously, but they don't often want to. To see astrally, the educated occultist literally changes his visual mechanism from actual to astral, or vice versa, in the same way that a typewriter operator shifts from small letter to capital form by pressing the shift key on his keyboard. Many people believe that to use the astral senses, they must fly on the astral plane and in the astral body. This is a blunder.

In cases of clairvoyance, astral visioning, psychometry, and other practices, the occultist resides in his own body and experiences the phenomenon of the astral plane very quickly by the astral senses, just as he can perceive the phenomena of the physical plane through the physical organs—in certain cases, much more easily. In most instances, the occultist does not even need to reach the trance state. Travel in the astral body is quite another phase of occult phenomena and is far more difficult to manifest.

Under the supervision of a qualified tutor, the pupil can never try to fly in the astral body. In Crystal Gazing, the occultist simply uses the crystal to harness his influence to put his astral vision into view. The crystal itself has no mystical qualities; it is merely an instrument for achieving a purpose, a piece of valuable equipment to help in the development of such phenomena. In psychometry, an entity is used to put the occultist "in tune" with the person or item with which it is associated.

However, the astral senses are used to describe the thing's past environment, as well as the current and past behavior of the individual in question, and so on. In other words, the entity is simply the unwound end of the psychic ball of twine that the psychometrist winds and unwinds at will. Psychometry, like crystal gazing, is just one form of astral seeing. Telekinesis, or movement at a distance, requires the use of both astral sensing and astral will motion, which is also followed by the actual projection of a part of the astral body's material.

We have an example of the simplest method of astral seeing in Clairvoyance, which does not include the "linked entity" in psychometry or the focal point of the crystal in crystal gazing. This is true not only to regular clairvoyance, in which the occultist sees astrally the happenings and doings at some remote stage, at the time of observation; it is also true of historical clairvoyance, or astral seeing of past events; and future clairvoyance, as in prophetic vision, etc. All of these are just various variations of the same thing.

"These phenomena are supernatural, way beyond the domain of common law," some of you might suggest, "and yet this guy will have us think otherwise." Dear reader, please don't leap to conclusions too quickly. What do you know about natural law and phenomena's limits? What gives you the freedom to declare that something outside the normal spectrum of sensory perception is outside of Nature? If you know you're attempting to put a cap on Existence, which is basically limitless?

If a man from a previous century had been told that the wonders of wireless telegraphy could be manifested, he would have been similarly justified in asserting that they were mystical. Going back even more, the man's father would have said the same thing about the telephone if someone had been so brave as to predict it. Imagine the response of some of the old men of the time to the telegraph if we go back another century.

These objects, though, are merely the discovery and deployment of some of Nature's amazing powers and energies. Is it any more implausible to believe that Nature already has a mine of undiscovered treasure in both man's mind and constitution and in inorganic nature? These phenomena are as normal as the physical senses, and not a smidgeon more miraculous. It is perhaps that we are used to one and not the other that the astral senses seem to be more wonderful than the real senses. Nature's workings are all amazing, and none are more so than the others. When we come down to the heart of it, they are all beyond our comprehension. So, let's keep our minds open!