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atmosphere cleared. As you saw at the darshan on the 12th of September, Godavri and the men were there. Now they all love Me and recognize Me as the Avatar.

 

"I want you to understand, however, that the miracle atmosphere . . . is still at Sakori, though not so much as at Shirdi . . . People try to raise the status of Maharaj by these petty things. They have good intentions, but I will put an end to all this. God, Love, Truth and Purity are free from all these absurdities, and free most of all from rituals and ceremonies, done without heart or understanding, only because of custom."

 

Baba then took his seat on the couch. He said, "Rest for five minutes." He talked about other matters. He then said, "Do you want me to go on about planes?" The answer from a number was, "Yes." He then drew some lines on paper and got Eruch to write some letters on it. "This is something new," He said.

 

Baba went on: "Continuing our discussion from the day before yester­day: the soul now goes to the fourth plane of consciousness. This is known as the junction between the subtle and the mental planes. It is also called Asthana, meaning 'threshold.’ Here there is no manzil, no muqam. It is the junction where the infinite energy, the desires, emotions and feelings of the mental plane are the direct influence. The soul is now neither on the subtle nor on the mental plane, but all the powers of the subtle and all of the influences of the mental plane are continually with it. There is no manzil. The soul is now so overpowered by desires and by its ability to satisfy its desires that it is in danger of falling from the spiritual heights to the lowest depths. It can now do anything, raise the dead, create new forms, do anything it wants. Desires influence it with all their force: it is in great danger. The details are in 'God Speaks.'

 

"If the soul does not then succumb to the use of its infinite energy for selfish ends, it reaches the fifth plane and the fifth manzil. As I said, in the gross world there is the first manzil with its innumerable muqams. In the first plane of the subtle are the second manzil and its muqams; in the second plane of the subtle, the third manzil and its muqams; in the third plane of the subtle, the fourth manzil and its muqams; in the fourth plane, no manzil and no muqam.

 

“In the fifth plane, which is in the mental sphere, there are the fifth

 

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