THE SLOW AND GRADUAL ASCENT OF AN ANT
The emanation of the world is as it were a descent from
the navel of a man along one leg; the reincarnations of the
soul in human form are a wandering into the wilderness of
Maya (illusion) between the two legs of a man; and the
onward ascent of consciousness through the planes to the
realization of the original infinite Beyond is like the slow and
gradual ascent of an ant along the other leg back to the
navel from which the creation started.
The navel represents the "OM" point of creation. After
transcending this point, the duality of the creator and
creation is sublated.
The portion above the navel is like the Beyond, where there
is conscious enjoyment of the shoreless ocean of Divinity.
BEAMS FROM MEHER BABA, pp. 80, 83
1958 © Sufism Reoriented, Inc.