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The happiness of the God-realized person is unconditioned and self-sustained; and it is therefore eternally the same, not admitting of ebb and flow; he has arrived at unqualified finality and unassailable equanimity. The happiness of the saints is born of increasing proximity and closer intimacy with the Divine Beloved, which, however, remains an externalized "Other"; but the happiness of the God-realized is an inalienable aspect of the God-state, in which there is no duality. The happiness of the saints is derivative; but the happiness of the God-realized is self-grounded. The happiness of the saints comes into existence due to the increasing installations of the Divine Grace; but the happiness of the God-realized merely IS.

 

When a person attains God-realization, he has infinite power, infinite knowledge and bliss; and these intrinsic characteristics of inner realization are the same in all God-realized persons, irrespective of some minor side-differences, which give rise to certain distinguishable types of God-realized persons. These differences between the God-realized are purely extrinsic. They pertain, not to their relation with God, but to their relation with the universe; and they are, from the point of view of the Truth, so unimportant that they do not create any degrees of spiritual status between the God-realized, who are all perfect. In fact, these differences exist only from the point of view of an external observer; they do not exist for the God-realized persons themselves, who are not only one with each other, but one with all life and existence.

 

From the point of view of the creation, however, these differences between the different types of God-realized persons are not only definite but worth noting. After God-realization, some souls drop all their bodies and remain eternally immersed in God-consciousness. For them, God is the only reality and the entire universe is a zero. They are so completely identified with the impersonal aspect of the Truth that they have no direct link with the world of forms.

 

Some God-realized souls retain their gross, subtle and mental bodies; but they are, in their absorption of God-consciousness, totally unconscious of the very existence of their bodies. Other souls in the creation might continue to see their bodies, and treat them as persons incarnate, but these bodies only exist from the point of view of the observer. Such God-realized persons are called Majzubs, in Sufi terminology. The Majzubs do not use their

 

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