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“Now, even in the gross manzil, glimpses of the first manzil of the subtle plane are possible. There are three manzils in the subtle plane. Now what happens? The human being with gross senses experiences the first manzil of the subtle plane in a hazy way, because of the gross senses; because experience of the subtle plane can not be fully gained except through the subtle senses. The gross experiences are hazy: one sees colours, and they disappear; circles of different kinds; wonderful perfumes never smelled before; one hears celestial music; one is inspired; but it all disappears. You must understand that all manzils, all muqams, and all these experiences are illusions. Only God is real. That is the fundamental fact.

 

"When the soul, through its Herculean efforts or by the grace of a Guru (not a Perfect Master), gets into the first plane, it does not mean that it enters another sphere. It’s consciousness is raised, and it can use its subtle senses fully. What was smelt, heard, seen temporarily, is now smelt, heard and seen continually. It is now in the first manzil of the subtle world. We call it world, because just as the gross world has innumerable muqams, so has the subtle world. In the first manzil of the subtle world, through subtle senses, the soul sees different sights, has different smells and has different experiences (just as you have different foods in Meherabad, different smells, and different languages from what you were used to), according to the dif­ferent muqams. In the subtle plane, the first manzil has innumerable muqams. You feel differently here from what you do in your homes with your family and children, though you are still in the gross world. So, in the subtle plane, in the first manzil, the soul sees wonderful things, and gets enchanted, it loses its gross consciousness, and it begins to hear subtle music, and to see subtle sights and to enjoy them. But if the soul is wise, through good fortune, or the Guru is capable, the soul leaves the first manzil and enters the second manzil of the subtle plane. In that manzil the soul sees, hears and smells through the subtle senses more intensely, and the muqams of the subtle sphere appear more agreeable. In the second manzil the soul becomes so enchanted and is so overpowered that everything is a billion times brighter than the sun, and a million times colder than the moon.

 

“The soul gets enveloped in this light, and hears the voices and smells the scents so intensely and so overpoweringly that it enters it completely. This is called the spiritual talisman. One has no consciousness of the gross sphere.

 

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