This post was most recently updated on May 15th, 2020
The life is not limited to the physical reality including the physical body and everything that exists physical carries its subtle form inside. The mind, spirit, and soul are the subtle form of the physical body.
The truth of physical reality can be known by exploring the subtle reality. The life is lived and understood from the subtle world. We live in the physical world and carry this physical body but inside of it, we have the intelligence that allows us to experience different aspects of life.
We live life with the intelligence of the mind but never try to really know our mind. It may happen that we never even realize that mind can be known, or there is something else lies in the body beyond the intelligence of the mind.
The spirit (Life Energy) is part of the soul, and when the life energy is unlocked inside, it allows the mind to experience the soul. Mind as a witness experience the soul.
When you perceive from outside, physical body (includes brain), mind, life energy(spirit) and soul follows an order. Everything exists in you.
Do you know yourself beyond the physical body?
If you don’t know yourself beyond the physical body, how do you expect to understand the process of life?
The thing is unless you understand the process of life, life is always happening to you because you don’t what life actually is.
Everything that happens inside of you, be it the inflow and outflow of breath, sensations, feelings, emotions, thoughts, dreams, desires, sleep, movement of energy, everything can be known with the intelligence of the mind. The intelligence of the mind that allows you to experience life, the same mind can help you to realize your true self.
The realization of the soul is the ultimate experience of life. Sometimes one life is not enough to experience the soul for the body and mind, so the person follows the life-cycle multiple times.
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All the life’s impressions and experiences are part of your mind. When your attention is outside, the mind thinks constant thoughts out of its nature and thus, rather understand the impressions and experiences that you hold inside, you go on accumulating more and more experiences and impressions inside.
With the practice of meditation, you can shift your attention beyond the subtle experiences and impressions of the mind and experience the no-mind state.
The realization of the soul helps the mind to be free from his own nature and once the attention of the mind moves beyond the experiences and impressions, it experiences the subtle reality at the level of energy and vibrations.
The soul is an empty space full of vibrations, while the spirit is the subtle thread that comes from the vibrational space of the soul to serve the physical body. The mind is an empty vessel, that later gets filled with the experiences and impressions of life.
With the inner cleansing process, once the mind gets absolutely empty, spirit and soul reflect in the mirror of the mind.
The ego or personal identity is developed with the experiences and impressions of the mind. More and more you accumulate the experiences of life, the bigger the ego gets developed in the mind.
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The ego in the mind exists only till you can hold onto your past experiences and impressions in the mind, and the time you learn to drop all the past experiences and impressions from the mind, slowly your ego tends to lose its identity in the mind. The identity or the ego gets developed and perished in the mind.
The attention of the mind can be directed outside or inside. The mind is a bridge between the physical and subtle reality.
The functions of the physical senses are possible because of the mind. You see, you taste, you smell, you feel, you listen, everything is possible because of the mind. It’s the mind that makes use of the physical senses to experience the physical reality.
When the mind experiences the soul, no experience of life remains for the mind to experience. An empty space of the soul is the source of the mind. The source of life energy and the mind is the same. The mind too along with the spirit enters in the body from the space of the soul.
The experience of the soul purifies the mind and body. With the realization of the soul, all the illusions of mind get shattered.
For the ego or personal identity, it seems like life is happening because of it, but with the realization of the spirit and soul, for the first time, the truth is revealed to the mind. The life happens not because of the mind, but it’s the life energy that works through the mind and body, to manifest the physical reality.
With the soul, the mind understands that he is not the driver of life and there is some higher power exist within him.
We all are different with the ego or personal identity of the mind, but the spirit and the soul hold the same for everyone. Even the mind without impressions and experience is same for everyone. It’s only the experiences and impressions that create the ego in the mind, that separates us all.
Even after the realization of the soul, it takes a while for the body, heart, and mind to digest the experience. The experience of the soul shakes the whole foundation of the mind.
Before the realization of the soul, the ego or personal identity remains the base for an individual, and everything that he experiences depends on the identity of the mind. When the soul is realized, and the identity gets shattered, it takes a while for the mind to shift its base to the soul. With the realization of the soul, life is lived keeping the soul in mind and not the identity of the mind.
In the process of realization, you create the path for yourself. You follow the same path after the realization of the soul, serving the individuals with the highest wisdom of the soul.