PLANES AND HEAVENS
When one reaches the train station ahead (next plane) without having
moved about in the city (heaven) (without seeing and enjoying its
different allurements), one is in the plane, and stationed therein;
that experience is the muqam of the plane. However if one moves
about in the city and is caught in its allurements, then one is in
To be in heaven is the experience of haal.
While in the ecstasy of heaven one does not move, one cannot progress,
one cannot advance to the next plane because one is in the state of
enchantment or hairat. A salik on the planes, a yogi between the
planes, a mast lost in the heavens, or one veiled are only a matter of
different experiences of the Path and how one journeys it, guided or not.
Ultimately it is insignificant how one journeys; what is important is
that the Path is journeyed and that the journey is completed reaching
the Seventh Plane.
Unfortunately, if one goes through the heavens progress is slow and
there is always danger of enchantments; enchantments are dangerous
because they are overpowering, overwhelming. This is jazd.
Jazd means that instead of absorbing the experience of the heaven one
becomes absorbed in the experience. One becomes so intoxicated that
one does not want to get out of it, one does not want to leave the
heaven. So powerful and overwhelming are these enchantments of jazd
that they produce the effect of divine coma or stupor seen
particularly in masts and yogis.
Advancement on the Spiritual Path means reaching the next plane, not
getting stuck in the heaven. If a yogi goes through the planes and
avoids the heavens his progress is sure and becomes steady. However,
if a yogi is overwhelmed by the subtle powers and becomes entrapped in
the heavens, his progress is slow and unsteady because the
enchantments are spellbinding and entrancing throughout the entire subtle realm.
THE NOTHING AND THE EVERYTHING, pp. 65-66
1981 © Bhau Kalchuri