Symbols of the world's religions



Meher Baba

An aura and a halo are two different things and people are unable to distinguish between the two. Few people know that an aura and a halo are quite different in their respective natures, despite their close interconnection. No man can ever possess both aura and halo completely developed at one and the same time.

Like their respective shadows, every man, woman, child and baby has an aura, but only a very few individuals have a halo on the varying phases of its development; and fewer still possess a full halo. An aura is the reflection of the emotions of an individual mind, just as any physical thing possesses its shadow on the physical plane. The halo begins to appear when the aura begins to disappear.

The difference between an aura — the mental reflection — and any physical shadow is tremendous. Shadows depend upon their physical forms, but an individual aura remains unaffected, even when the person concerned drops his physical body, because in spite of death, the individual continues to possess both a mind and the impressions in it, as well as a subtle body, which has a direct connection with its aura.

Every action, significant or insignificant, intentional or unintentional, on the part of any person, creates relative impressions (sanskaras), which gets imprinted on the mind of the individual, just as sound is preserved on a gramaphone record and images of light and shade are caught on photographic plates. As thought is the first direct medium of expression of an impression, a deep connection is established between the thoughts and impressions of an individual.

An aura, therefore, is the mental reflection of the aggregate impressions of thoughts and actions, gathered by and stored in an individual mind. As long as the impressions are there, an aura is always there, as an envelope of subtle atmosphere, comprised of seven colors, which remain more or less prominent according to the nature of each individual's impressions.

No two men are alike in all respects, and yet all have common physical features. Similarly, the aggregate of individual impressions differ from one another, both quantitatively and qualitatively, yet every aura is comprised of seven colors, common to all. These seven colors of an individual's aura represent the seven principal categories, corresponding to the aggregate impressions of each individual.

Thus every individual aura is an image of a circle of seven colors. Each aura differs from the others in its proportion of each of the seven colors, according to the individual's predominant impressions. Likewise, each aura also differs in the color formation on the borders between every two predominant colors in it. For example, red would be the most predominant color in the aura of a man whose impressions are predominantly made up of lustful actions.

The halo begins to develop and an aura begins to disappear only after an individual starts advancing of the Path to God-Realization. When the aura begins to get more and more faint, the halo commences to shine more and more, getting brighter in proportion to the progress of the individual's consciousness on the Path. The halo becomes very bright only after an individual aura is on the point of disappearing. This happens in the case of a soul who wakes up fully conscious in the sixth plane of complete mental illumination.

In the Seventh Plane of Reality, the God-Realized One is, once and for all, entirely free from each and every impression, because the very storehouse of impressions itself, the individual mind, is then annihilated and there remains neither aura nor halo. The Reality of God alone remains supreme in the Self-Consciousness of Infinite Power, Infinite Knowledge and Infinite Bliss, with all illusion ceasing to remain as illusion.

When one who is God-Realized is able to return with his God-Consciousness simultaneously to all the planes of illusion as a Perfect Master, or Sadguru, his halo is then most bright — infinitely brighter than all the suns of the universe put together. It is out of the question for anyone, except those who have attained the consciousness of the Sixth Plane, to behold the Divine Effulgence of the Master's halo.

In all other cases the halo is an expression of individual advancement on the Path, and a sign of the dwindling of the individual's sanskaras, or impressions, in such cases, the halo is like a growing bright circle of the mental atmosphere of illumination, colorless throughout, and yet in every phase of its manifestation, far, far richer in spiritual splendor than any combination of colors can ever be.

Without going into further details, the table [on pages 72 & 73 of The Path Of Love] will simplify the subject matter so far discussed.

Without necessarily being consciously advanced on the Path and only as a result of deep and sublime emotions, latent or expressed, the aspirant may have, from time to time, glimpses of the reflections of inner sights, reverberations of the echoes of inner sounds, redolences of the inner fragrances and distant shades of the inner ecstacies, all of which are but trivialities connected with the higher illusions of the Path. There are also many techniques and natural causes for the manifestation of such phenomena, which are beyond the faculties of an ordinary man. Volumes could be written, especially regarding the potentialities and repercussions of emotions both high and low.

For example, if, due to love for his Master, a man happens to see what appears to him as the halo of the Master, it is not actually the halo, but a part of his own aura as temporarily reflected in the effulgence of that halo — whether that of an illuminated One or a Perfect Master.

All illusory phenomena, gross, subtle and mental, are not only dream-stuff, but everything termed in the table as "false-illusion" is made up of dream-into dream stuff, which has no value at all, unless it helps man to awaken to Reality.

God is the only Reality, and all else is illusion. The whole of the gross universe is but part of the huge Cosmic Illusion, containing higher illusions of the Spiritual Planes of man's consciousness.


THE PATH OF LOVE, pp. 71-76, ed Filis Frederick
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