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manzil and its muqams. What happens in this fifth state? The soul is now working directly from the mental plane. Is this clear? The soul is master of the mind: the entire mental plane is governed by it. It knows the thoughts and desires of everyone, but is safe, as the 'dark night' of the fourth plane has been passed. Remember I am skipping over these matters. The soul now knows the thoughts and desires, but can not control the desires. On this fifth plane, it can not have that intense longing for God which lovers who do not know or care about planes have. When it progresses to the sixth plane, which includes the second function of mind, the soul becomes feelings, desires, emotions personified; and as all infinite feelings come from God, Who is the seventh state of consciousness, the soul now directly sees God everywhere and in everything, yet feels itself aloof from the Beloved. Here there is the great abyss, beyond which the lover sees the Beloved, and feels separated from the Beloved. The Beloved says, 'Come to Me.' The lover says, 'I can not: You come to me!' This glorious state is described as one end of a hair in the hand of the Beloved and the other in that of the lover; there is a long tussle. If the Beloved pulls too hard, the hair will break; so the tussle goes on for years and years. Among millions of such lovers of God who long for union with God, one will reach the Beloved. Very, very few lovers succeed. When one crosses the valley and is united with God, he finds that it was himself he was seeking. He, himself, is the Beloved. He then knows, ‘I am God.' Of thousands of such united ones, one comes down to normal consciousness, and is called Kutub, or Christ, or Avatar, or Perfect Master.

 

"The sixth plane has a manzil and one muqam, God, whom the soul sees everywhere. I talk of God and you go to God in sound sleep!*

 

“Now let us look at the diagram. There are seven planes, seven manzils, innumerable muqams in six planes, one muqam in the gross sphere, and one muqam in the sixth manzil. In the fourth plane there is no manzil and no muqam.

 

"When you remember Me, you are in Sahaj Dhyan. The question is how to remember Me. The easiest and surest way is to do as I tell you. It will be somewhat of a task at first, as when you start to run you feel it too much; but when you are in training, you feel it sahaj.** At first you will have to do it deliberately, then it will become natural. There are four quarters of the

 

*A disciple had fallen asleep.

**Natural, naturally

 

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