the seven stages of the first Journey which cover the two C and B spheres to reach and realize God, at A. When the pilgrim reaches the C sphere he gets the Inner Sight (A in Drashti); i.e., the pilgrim can clearly see all subtle objects through the subtle eyes, read others' thoughts and can influence ordinary beings. When the pilgrim advances as far as the mental sphere B, he can clearly see and feel God, yet he is not one with Him and therefore is not free, and is still a human being. But to him the creation becomes a book of open secrets, and he can perform miracles such as raising the dead and restoring sight to the blind. However, there are very few who can go beyond this mental sphere and become One with God and eternally Free and Perfect.
It can be said that thinking and hearing about water which is underground and unseen is like intellectual knowledge of God; seeing the water, after digging a well, is like knowledge by Sight; and actually drinking the water is like
knowledge by Realization. People generally overestimate their feelings and sensations, and a yoga Samadhi which is nothing but a long trance (Hal) and which has nothing whatsoever to do with Nirvana or Nirvikalpa Samadhi, is invariably supposed to be God-realization. At the most, it means just a little spiritual rest. This kind of Samadhi can never advance anyone, just as rest can never accomplish any work. In it the mind gets stopped, no doubt, but it is only for the time being; be it for one minute or one year. It is not permanent. Although the mind stops working in the ordinary Samadhi, the lower ego and the intellect are not annihilated, and therefore the moment the mind begins to work again, i.e., becomes gross-conscious, it becomes aware of the ego and the intellect.
The real Samadhi — Nirvikalpa Samadhi, Dnyan Samadhi or God-Realization, is only gained by those who have transcended the limits of the intellect, the ordinary, the developed and the inspired intellect as well, as shown in Figure 3 (next page).
Thus God-Realization means the union of the individual soul with the Soul of souls, the Paramatman, once and for all. The Majzoobs and Paramhamsas enjoy this Infinite Existence, Knowledge, and Bliss continuously without any breaks, for eternity, but cannot work their gross and subtle bodies at all. In fact
*The correction below is listed in the next hard copy issue of The Awakener Magazine-Volume XV-3-4 , bottom of last page, entitled 'Index' and added here to help. -Webmaster
ERRATA: Volume XV-1-2, Page 6, line 3 - "A in - Drashti" should be "Antar Drashti"; also in diagram.