Earlier we touched on the Divine Plan for life. (1) We said at that time that, viewed from the standpoint of the Divine, the purpose of life is that God should meet God in a moment of enlightenment. Viewed from our standpoint as the created life forms who realize God, the purpose of life is enlightenment.
If we accept this as the case, then it follows that life could also be said to have a process, a way of unfolding so as to realize that purpose. And that process can be epitomized as spiritual evolution.
Darwin was correct in saying that the physical body evolves but what he failed to note was that the spirit also evolves. And apparently it evolves from lower to higher dimensions, as we are doing at present in this year of 2012, or from one kingdom to another – from rock to plant to animal to human, etc. Rumi captured this process when he wrote:
“I died as mineral and became a plant.
I died as plant and rose to animal.
I died as animal and I was man. …
Yet once more I shall die as man, to soar
With angels blest; but even from angelhood
I must pass on: all except God doth perish.
When I have sacrificed my angel soul,
I shall become what no mind e’er conceived.
Oh, let me not exist! For Non-existence
Proclaims in organ tones, ‘To Him we shall return.’” (2)
The fact that consciousness evolves is the reason why Jesus could say: “God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.” (3) In fact we are those “lively stones,” as St. Peter called us, “built up a spiritual house.” (4)
Our bodily house, on whatever plane of materiality we consider, was built by the Divine Mother, as Solomon reminds us: “Wisdom [Solomon's name for the Divine Mother] hath builded her house, she hath hewn her seven pillars.” (5) The seven pillars are the seven chakras.
Like a Babushka doll, this spiritual house has many nested houses within. Sri Yukteswar describes the spark of God (the Christ, the Son, the Savior, the Atman) as surrounded by five bodies or pancha koshas in descending vibrational frequency.
“This Purusha [Divine Person], the Son of God is screened by five coverings called the koshas or sheaths.
“Heart, the 1st Kosha. The first of these five is the Heart [Hridayam], Chitta, the Atom, … and … being the seat of bliss, ananda, is called Anandamaya Kosha.
“Buddhi, the 2nd Kosha. The second is the … Buddhi, the Intelligence that determines what is truth. Thus, being the seat of knowledge, jnana, it is called Jnanamaya Kosha.
“Manas, the 3rd Kosha. The third is the body of Manas, the Mind, composed of the organs of senses, … and called the Manomaya Kosha.
“Prana, the 4th Kosha. The fourth is the body of energy, life force or Prana, composed of the organs of action…, and thus called the Pranamaya Kosha.
“Gross matter, the 5th Kosha. The fifth and last of these sheaths is the gross matter, the Atom’s outer coating, which, becoming Anna, nourishment, supports this visible world and thus is called the Annamaya Kosha.” (6)
Our task is to uncover or release the Purusha or Divine Person, the spark of the almighty, the Christed Being from the five coverings. And we do this through spiritual evolution. Krishnamurti told us this perhaps a hundred years ago:
“The really important thing is … the knowledge of God’s plan for men. For God has a plan, and that plan is evolution. When once a man has seen that and really knows it, he cannot help working for it and making himself one with it, because it is so glorious, so beautiful.” (7)
When does life’s journey end? When we have ascended to the ultimate destination. And what might that be? Let’s listen for a while to what the galactic ascended masters tell us. Later we’ll listen to some of Earth’s masters. SaLuSa tells us: “Ascension … will never cease until you return to the absolute Source.” (8) As he puts it: “All are on the same journey back to the Source from whence all life originated.” (9)
We live many lives during which we gradually awaken to our essential identity, the realization of which fulfills the purpose of life. Our overall journey consists of multivariant experiences which contribute to our education and further awakening. As SaLuSa says: “Experience in any shape or form is what you have come to Earth for to help further your spiritual evolution.” (10) And: “The present is but a passing phase in the greater plan for your evolution.” (11)
He reminds us that “the purpose of living many lives is to follow an overall plan that leads to your spiritual evolution. It is the only way to advance and leave the cycle of re-birth behind.” (12) Ag-Agria agrees: “Spiritual evolution is the gain from each life you have had, and now many of you have accelerated it to a degree that you stand ready to ascend.” (13)
We’ll ascend to the Fifth Dimension, some higher, but not to God, which is ever so much further down the road. Above us are nine orders of angels, all of them ascending towards God. We don’t know what lies beyond them.
Many of us may have difficulty considering the degree to which life is planned. But SaLuSa advises us that it is planned carefully and minutely.
“Whatever experiences you go through they are by choice, going right back to the time you allowed your selves to drop into the lower vibrations. It is all in aid of your spiritual evolution.” (14)
“You choose your experiences and also lessons to take you forward on your evolutionary path.” (15)
We choose those experiences in concert with our guides in the time between physical incarnations. We choose them keeping in mind what lessons we need to learn and how much progress it’s possible to make in any one lifetime.
Not always do we seem to advance. Sometimes we choose to explore life on lower planes for our spiritual evolution, as we did when we decided to drop down into duality, as SaLuSa reminds us:
“You have had many lives upon Earth. It is part of your spiritual evolution, and Ascension will lift you up to levels that you passed through on your downward path into duality.” (16
We can rest and go slow if we wish but we never stand in danger of remaining still forever because a longing for liberation has been implanted into us that keeps us moving onward towards God. Here SaLuSa discusses it:
“It must be said that you can stay within any dimension for as long as you desire, but within you is an innate urge to continue progressing with your spiritual evolution. Energy never stands still and is re-shaping and re-forming, until it reaches that point within the Source where it is in the ultimate state of perfection.” (17)
Just to show you that there is no difference between what SaLuSa or the other galactics say on the matter and our own ascended masters, let’s listen to how our sages put the case. Earth’s masters often use slightly different terms. The Sufi sage Hazrat Inayat Khan recognized that each of us is simply God wearing a different costume and going through the stages of evolution to make himself plain to himself:
“The purpose of life … is that the only Being makes his oneness intelligible to Himself. He goes through different planes of evolution … to make clear to Himself His oneness. And as long as this purpose is not accomplished, the one and only Being has not reached His ultimate satisfaction, in which lies His divine perfection.” (18)
Here is the spirit guide White Eagle saying what we heard SaLuSa say above: “The whole purpose of incarnation is this slow evolution of the spirit, its awakening in matter, to self-consciousness and God consciousness.” (19) In discussing the great ones, as White Eagle does here, I’m quite sure he would not leave out our galactic sages from the compass of his remarks:
“You have before you the examples of the great ones who have served humanity all through the ages. This is the way of life, to love not only to enjoy yourselves but to beautify, to benefit Earth, to help forward the spiritual evolution of all life.” (20)
And here Paramahansa Yogananda tells the story of spiritual evolution by focusing on the God spark – the third member of the Trinity known to Christianity as the Christ and to Hinduism as the Atman. His encapsulation of the divine journey verges on the poetic.
“God so loved the world (or matter) that He gave His only begotten Son to redeem it; that is, God the Father remained hidden as Christ Intelligence in all matter and in all living beings in order to bring all things, by beautiful evolutional coaxings, back to His home of All-Blessedness when they should overcome all mortal tests, and should reincarnate in matter no more; i.e., ‘go no more out.’” (21)
Just as SaLuSa knows about the “urge to evolve,” so do Earth’s sages. Here is Adyashanti on the matter:
“The impulse to be free is an evolutionary spark within consciousness which originates beyond the ego. It is an impulse toward the divine, unity, and wholeness. It is an impulse originating from the Truth itself. This impulse to evolve is often co-opted by the ego, which then creates the illusion of the spiritual seeker. This impulse … is inherently innocent.” (22)
The hardest aspect of life to accept is why we’d choose to experience pain and sorrow. St. Germain explains:
“Some ask what is the purpose of life and why would they knowingly accept the harshness and sorrow, the despair and hopelessness that is part of duality. Dear Ones, it is simply for experience and the evolution of the soul, and you are aware of the outcome of your choices.” (23
Apparently, according to the White Brotherhood master Beinsa Douno, evolution is virtually without end.
“We think that man is on the highest rung of the evolutionary ladder, but evolution is without end. Just as there are beings that exist below man, there are Beings that exist above man as well. These Beings evolved from the universes of the past.” (24)
And beyond the furthest enlightenment known to us as a human race are levels that stretch on into an ever-receding distance as Franklin Merrell-Wolff suggests:
“A certain Sage…, speaking of unfolded Consciousness above the level of the highest human Adepts, said: “We attain glimpses of Consciousness so Transcendent, rising level upon level, that the senses fairly reel before the awe-inspiring Grandeur.”
Here, certainly, is space for evolution far beyond the highest possibility of man as man.” (25)
“Beyond [the sage's] attainment, whatever it may be, there lie further mysteries awaiting his resolution. In other words, We find no conceivable end to evolution.” (26)
To summarize, the process by which the purpose of life (for us to realize our true identity as God) is achieved is spiritual evolution. Our task is to release or uncover the divine spark from within the many bodies of a being, at which point we merge again with God and fulfill the purpose of existence. To do so we journey through lifetime after lifetime in matter, learning more and more of who we are and experiencing successive stages of enlightenment.
This purpose and process is not somehow limited to Earth. It is known to the galactics just as it is known to terrestrials because it is the universal journey. All life forms everywhere in the universe, and in other universes, travel the same road on the same mission towards the same God.
We here on Earth tend to think that only our religion has the true path and goal. But not only do all the Earth’s religions have paths that lead to God, but all the galactic civilizations here to help us with Ascension also have paths that lead to the same God. There is only God toward which we all journey through a common process of spiritual evolution.
(1) “The Application of the Divine Spells Relief,” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/ascension/on-processing-vasanas/application-of-the-divine-spells-relief/
(2) Rumi in Anne Fremantle and Christopher. In Love with Love. 100 of the Greatest Mystical Poems. New York, etc.: Paulist Press, 1978, 58.
(3) Jesus in Matthew 3:9.
(4) I Peter 2:5.
(5) Proverbs 9:1.
(6) Sri Yukteswar Giri, The Holy Science. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1984 35-6.
(7) J. Krishnamurti, At the Feet of the Master. Adyar: Theosophical Publishing House, 1974; c1910, 17.
(8) SaLuSa, March 26, 2010, at http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/Channeled_Messages_by_Mike_Quinsey.htm
(9) SaLuSa, April 2, 2012.
(10) SaLuSa, March 9, 2012.
(11) SaLuSa, Sept. 14, 2011.
(12) SaLuSa, Oct. 4, 2010.
(13) Ag-Agria, Oct. 31, 2008, at http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/Channeled_Messages_by_Mike_Quinsey.htm
(14) SaLuSa, Apr. 3, 2009.
(15) SaLuSa, Nov. 5, 2008
(16) SaLuSa, Nov. 24, 2008.
(17) SaLuSa, March 31, 2010. On the longing for liberation, see http://goldenageofgaia.com/spiritual-essays/the-longing-for-liberation/
(18) Hazrat Inayat Khan, Way of Illumination. Delhi, etc.: Motilal Banarsidass, 1988, 237.
(19) White Eagle, Wisdom from White Eagle. Liss: White Eagle Publishing Trust, 1983, 49. [Hereafter WWE.]
(20) White Eagle, WWE, 80.
(21) Paramahansa Yogananda in The Second Coming of Christ. Dallas: Amrita Foundation, 1979, 1, 28.
(22) Adyashanti, The Impact of Awkenening. Los Gatos: Open Gate Publishing, 2000, 3.
(23) St. Germain, Aug. 1, 2008, through Mike Quinsey, at http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/Channeled_Messages_by_Mike_Quinsey.htm
(24) Beinsa Douno, “Culture of the Angels,” The Wellspring of Good. Downloaded from http://www.beinsadouno.org/lib/sg.htm, accessed 21 Feb. 2005, n.p.
(25) Franklin Merrell-Woolf, Pathways Through to Space. A Personal Record of Transformation in Consciousness. New York: Julian Press, 1973, 17. [Hereafter PTS.]
(26) Franklin Merrell-Wolff in PTS, 43.