STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS
There is a difference in the consciousness of souls;
Most souls are conscious of the gross body (sthul sharir);
Most souls have experience of the gross sphere (world);
Most souls are on the gross plane (anna bhumika);
Most souls have great binding; some souls have little binding; a few souls have very little binding; and a very few souls have absolutely no binding.
All these souls (atmas) of different consciousness, of different experiences, of different states are in the Over-Soul (Paramatma).
If, now, all souls are in the Over-Soul and are all One, then why is there any difference in the consciousness, in the planes, in the experiences and in the states?
The cause of this difference is that the souls have different and diverse impressions (sanskaras).1
Most souls have gross impressions; some souls have subtle impressions; a few souls have mental impressions; and a very few souls have no impressions at all.
Souls having gross impressions, souls having subtle impressions, souls having mental impressions and souls having no impressions, are all souls in the Over-Soul and all are One.
Souls with gross impressions have consciousness of the gross body (sthul sharir) and have experience of the gross sphere.
Souls with subtle impressions have consciousness of the subtle body (pran) and have experience of the subtle sphere.
Souls with mental impressions have consciousness of the mental body (mana or mind) and have the experience of the mental sphere.2
1[See also: Meher Baba, "The Formation and Function of Sanskaras," DISCOURSES, 6th ed., 3 vols. (San Francisco: Sufism Reoriented, Inc., 1967), 1: 54-64. Ed.]
GOD SPEAKS, 2nd ed, pp. 1-2
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