With the energy from the Subtle and the illumination from the Mental Spheres, for trillions upon trillions of years in the past and in the future, the gross universe has been and will be forming and disintegrating into countless stars, suns, planets, worlds, moons, and meteors. Yet in fact, there are no such things as time and space. Once the soul is freed of illusion, illusion not merely ceases to exist, but is then found never to have existed at all.
After a gradual evolution through the mineral, vegetable and animal kingdoms of the gross universe, for a definite yet immeasurable period of millions, billions and trillions of years, consciousness reaches its perfection in man. Man then rightly ought to be God-conscious, but does not become so because of the sanskaric bindings born of impressions of the illusory experiences gathered during the evolution of consciousness. Thus man remains only fully conscious of the gross sphere.
Before man's perfect but gross consciousness can involve into the Reality of God-consciousness, it has first to involve into subtle consciousness, and from the subtle into full mental consciousness. For that, gross impressions have to turn into the subtle, and from the subtle into the mental impressions, regaining, in similarity, the faintness and fineness of earlier impressions as gathered in the vegetable and mineral forms—the fundamental difference being in consciousness.
Unlike the definite course followed in the process of evolution, man as man can make use of his consciousness fully and freely. Therefore the fully gross-conscious man can, according to the resultant tightening or loosening of his sanskaric bindings, become fully subtle-conscious, and thereafter, fully mental-conscious, sometimes after a few or some-times after numerous human reincarnations between each of the two involutions of his consciousness. And if one happens to be blessed with divine love from a "Lover of God," or if one has the guiding hand of a Perfect Master, the emancipation from all bindings, how-ever great and complicated they may be, is achieved much more easily and quickly. In exceptional cases, an instantaneous emancipation is also possible without involving a single reincarnation.
However, in order to loosen the bindings through the opposite experiences of the duality of illusion, i.e., pain and pleasure, good and bad, man and woman, strong and weak, etc., on his own, man has to remain conscious of multifarious experiences for 8,400,000 times, (something like 50 crores of sleep of death) yet, invariably on account of the all-pervading grace of God, man becomes subtle and mental-conscious, and is thus able to cut short, more or less, the stalemates of recurring births and deaths.
Finally, by the grace of God-Man or the Man-God, in far, far less than an instant's flash of time, man becomes fully-conscious of God, and finds that time and space are born of His own eternity and infinitude in which time and space have no existence at all.