Reflections on Realization

By George A. Boyd © 2020

Q: What brings about Realization? How can I move beyond simply receiving information and truly grasping the essence of what I am taught?

A: We begin the process of Realization through inquiry, or questioning.

Questioning requests an answer from the ensouling entity, when you ask your ensouling entity; from the spiritual Master, when you query him or her; and God, when you invoke Divine guidance.

When you receive information, your first task is to understand it. This process of understanding engages your intellect and your Illumined Mind (Buddhi). As you study new information, you add to your conceptual map of your own nature and the Path ahead of you. You keep revising this map, as you gather more information and have more experiences.

Whereas information layers on the thread of insight and understanding, which we call the Antakarana, experience occurs when you contact one of the ideas referenced in the information you have learned. You do this through focusing your attention, your attentional principle, or your spirit upon this idea.

Examples of these “ideas” you can experience include:

  • The meaning of spiritual ideas or “seed thoughts”
  • The content of inner vehicles of consciousness
  • The inner centers of vehicles of consciousness, such as chakras
  • The seed atom of a vehicle of consciousness
  • The movement of energy in a vehicle of consciousness, such as Prana or Kundalini
  • The array of vehicles of consciousness that your ensouling entity animates
  • Your attentional principle
  • Your spirit associated with your ensouling entity at the cutting edge of spirituality
  • Your spirit in other domains
  • Your ensouling entity at the cutting edge of spirituality
  • One of your ensouling entities at another Octave of Being
  • A personal integration center, such as the ego in the Conscious mind or the Self in the Metaconscious mind
  • A Superconscious integration center, which we call a nucleus of identity
  • A universal nexus of consciousness, such as the Holy Ghost at the entrance to the abode of the saints in the First Mesoteric Planetary Initiation, or the Supreme Light of Creation at the top of the Ideational Plane in the First Cosmic Initiation
  • A form of the Divine, such as the Father God in the First Mesoteric Planetary Initiation, or Brahman in the First Cosmic Initiation

When you experience something, you gain a new perspective on the object of meditation you focus upon:

  • You gain new information.
  • You make new connections and correlations.
  • You begin to fill in the missing pieces of the inner map of the Continuum you are building.

With each new experience, you gain insights, and begin to truly know the essence of the idea you have used to lead you to the object of meditation. So for example, you truly recognize what is your ego, what is the Self, or what is your attentional principle—you truly grasp the essence to which the idea or concept points you.

The next order of processing is Realization, or enlightenment. Realization means that you know something, because you are one with it:

  • You know your Soul directly, because you are the Soul.
  • You know your attentional principle directly, because you are the attentional principle.
  • You know your spirit directly, because you are your spirit.

Realization is not description [information] or attentional union [experience]; it is identity. You know the essence because you are one with it.

As you progress upon the Path, you come to know the nodal points, Subplane and Plane markers, and the forms of the Divine that operate on each level, as your cutting edge ensouling entity actually traverses this terrain—you know each aspect of the Path, because you have taken each step upon it.

Q: What allows you to know what your ensouling entity has realized?

A: The key that allows you to release the Soul’s knowledge, to open its Buddhic capsule, is Samadhi. When you turn the four outgoing streams back to their core, there is an inner explosion of Realization that takes place: this is the Illumination that takes place during Samadhi.

We teach you how to generate Samadhi at the level of the Soul and each higher Octave of Realization in the Samadhi Week Program. Those who complete the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation are eligible to take this class.

So when you can achieve Atma Samadhi at the level of the Soul, you can extend this to higher Octaves of Being. This opens the full spectrum of Realization, which includes your Monad, Astral Soul, Supracosmic Soul, the Soul of the Bridge Path, and each of the ensouling entities of Transcendental Paths one to seven.

Q: What if I have difficulty in experiencing Samadhi?

A: Like any skill, it takes time to master it. If it is important to you, you will devote the time to reach Samadhi.

It won’t come instantly, but in time, you will get it. This will allow you to truly know and realize what you’ve opened on the Path. It won’t be conjecture or speculation; you will genuinely know.

Q: What happens if the ensouling entity I’m meditating upon has been liberated?

A: You’ll know the Source from which this ensouling entity has emanated—and the complete Path of the ensouling entity, from beginning to end. In this vortex of Creation from which your ensouling entity has originated, you will also intuit the other ensouling entities that dwell at that level, and their distance from the Source.

If you’ll reflect upon these three levels—information, experience, and Realization—you’ll be able to differentiate them. With practice, you will begin to be able to shift between them at will, when it is appropriate to operate at that level.

What Is the Antakarana?

By George A. Boyd © 2019

Q: I’ve heard many spiritual teachers speak about the Antakarana. What is this? What does it consist of?

A: We describe what the Antakarana is in one of our articles in our book about the Psychic Realm. Here’s an excerpt from the book:

Building the Antakarana

Excerpted from The Psychic Realm: Finding Safe Passage through the Worlds of Illusion

By George A. Boyd ©2009

The Antakarana is the bridge between the intellect of the Metaconscious mind and the wisdom faculty of the Superconscious mind. It is a progressive recording of reflection, contemplation, and spiritual experiences ultimately forming a link between self and Soul. It consists of the following faculties:

  1. Speculation about the nature of the Cosmos – this questioning process leads to scientific curiosity. It is a quest for answers and evokes a sense of awe, reverence, and wonder at the majesty and mystery of the universe.
  2. Discovery of stable laws or principles – with further study and inquiry, the individual learns about stable laws that underlie the apparent diversity of phenomena. The law of gravity, the electromagnetic spectrum, the subatomic field, and the metaphysical principles of the Universal Mind Subplane of the Abstract Mind Plane are examples of some of these universal principles underlying both physics and metaphysics.
  3. Encounter with the essential principles of consciousness, sentience, and existence – with deeper self-exploration, the individual encounters the attentional principle, the spirit, and the Soul. This confers inner awakening and illumination.
  4. Deposition of progressive spiritual experiences – as the individual begins to meditate on the structures of the vehicles of consciousness, a progressive laying down of meditative insights are anchored on this inner thread connecting Self and Soul.
  5. Core inquiry – as the individual begins to have rudimentary spiritual experiences, poignant and heartfelt questions arise in the mind, such as “Who am I?” What is my purpose? [See the article, “The 14 Questions of the Seeker,” which is in our book, A Mudrashram® Reader: Understanding Integral Meditation. You may also find this article in our online Library.]
  6. Ontological and Theological insight – when the essential questions are answered, the individual forms the foundation of a coherent and integrated philosophy about the nature of existence and the origin of all things, which is the understanding of the Nature of the Divine. This initial insight and understanding is augmented by the study of philosophy, scriptures, and insightful commentary on those scriptures.
  7. Revelation of the still small voice – when the Antakarana has been fully purified, the vortex of the Soul’s intuitive wisdom can speak directly to the personality:
    • To provide guidance and direction to make wiser decisions
    • To clarify moral dilemmas
    • To discern the meaning of symbols or archetypes
    • To dispel confusion over conflicting ideas or values
    • To grant discernment and understanding of abstract ideas
    • To give a rationale for faith
    • To identify a purpose for living

Q: What is the composition of the Antakarana?

A: The Antakarana has seven layers. The inmost core of the Antakarana comprises layers six and seven: we call this the Wordless Knowledge of the Heart. The next three layers—three through five—comprise the Soul Expression component of the Antakarana. The outermost two layers—one and two—are the Personality Linking component. These layers are described below:

Layer one (Intellectual communication) – This is the translation of layers two to seven into words, speech, symbols, and images. This substands the ability to give spiritual discourse, to write down received intuitive guidance, and to explain spiritual ideas.

Layer two (Memory of spiritual experiences) – This is the recording on the Akashic Records of each meditation’s insights, revelations, realizations, and perceptions of the spirit and attentional principle. This is the aspect of your meditation experiences that you can recall.

Layer three (Practical Wisdom) – This enables you to give practical guidance to the personality via psychic readings, verbally channeling the Soul’s wisdom, and sharing the realized truths of your heart wisdom. Those who have a psychic ministry build this layer to a high degree. This is the level you access with the meditations of the Fourth Chord of Jnana Yoga—we teach you how to tap this layer in the Jnana Yoga modules of our intermediate mediation programs, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and the online Accelerated Meditation Program.

Layer four (Empowerment) – These are the manifestation of your Soul’s gifts that are related to spiritual development. These include:

  1. Thaumaturge – This ability uses the Divine Fire to purify the mind’s dross, and bestow a variety of attunements
  2. Spiritual teacher – This ability enables you to share your spiritual knowledge and realizations with others in a way they can understand them.
  3. Spiritual guide – This ability lets you manifest a inner, radiant form to the attentional principle and/or the spirit of others, and to show them the structures of consciousness, the strata of the mind, and the landmarks of the inner Planes
  4. Healer – This permits you to send the Light of Healing to the etheric body, the emotional body, and mental bodies of others.
  5. Counselor – This ability helps you facilitate personal and spiritual decision-making in others. You explain the options available to them, and let them decide which option they choose.
  6. Coach – Those of you who develop a life coaching ministry assist others to change, to transform their lives into the next step of their personal growth; the spiritual coach helps others overcome obstacles they experience moving to the next level in their spiritual development.
  7. Psychotherapist or hypnotherapist – You assist others to work with issues in their unconscious mind to promote integration, to overcome limiting or self-sabotaging patterns, and to clarify values, and to discover their authentic Self.
  8. Awakener – You awaken the Kundalini Shakti of others to help them realize their Soul.

Layer five (Illumination) – You activate this layer when you open your Buddhic capsule or Illumined mind, which grants understanding of spiritual ideas, awakens discernment, and expresses your Soul’s compassion. You tap this layer when you access the fifth and sixth Chords of Jnana Yoga, which we teach you in our intermediate classes. We teach the deeper level of Chord Six in our advanced meditation class, the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation.

Layer six (The Mirror-like wisdom) – You can access this aspect of your Antakarana when you contemplate the mandala-like knowledge for each nodal point the Soul has opened in the brain center of the Soul’s essential vehicle. This appears like a series of concentric circles or concentric spheres.

Layer seven (Soul Realization) – You experience this as Gnosis, the Soul’s realization of its own essential nature. The practice called Gnosis, in which you penetrate to this level, we teach in our advanced meditation class, the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation.

Most people are aware of the Antakarana through the Personality Linking component. They have spontaneous knowledge that comes to them when they are asked spiritual questions and they are able to explain spiritual ideas (layer one). They also are able to remember their spiritual experiences (layer two).

Those who journey through the Psychic Realm through the top of the Third Planetary Initiation begin to open layers three and four. As layer three dawns, you may be able to do psychic readings, communicate inspired messages, receive intuitive guidance from your spiritual guide or the Holy Spirit, and share your Soul’s realizations.

Level four marks the dawning of your Soul’s gifts. You are able to channel these abilities through your personality. You use them to help others. You start to uncover these extraordinary abilities in the Psychic Realm; you can access the full complement of these abilities when you reach the Third Planetary Initiation.

Layer five begins to fully blossom when your Soul—or White Lotus of Immortality, a center that awakens in those whose Soul is established in its Crown of Purpose—purifies the Planes of the Fourth Initiation.

Layers six and seven unfold as your Soul undergoes the process of Initiation. Layer six, which is the scope of your Soul’s knowledge mediated through the brain center of its essential vehicle, greatly expands as you take progressively higher Initiations. With sustained meditation on the Soul, you experience Gnosis—this is the awakening of level seven.

For certain disciples who accelerate the unfolding of their Soul and its vehicles of consciousness through transformational techniques and reception of the Light of Spiritual Translation, they may not immediately develop the elements of their Soul Expression component. During this frustrating period of their spiritual development, they experience a Sphinx-like silence within, as if their Soul’s Wisdom was locked up in an inner vault. In this stage:

  • Their questions to their Soul go unanswered.
  • They have the experience of opening and inner movement, but they have no understanding of what has occurred to them.
  • Further, they do not discern where they are on the Path.

With the brooding of the Light upon the latent abilities of their Manasic Vortex—the vehicle of consciousness that the Soul awakens and inhabits during the Third Planetary Initiation—the Soul’s abilities gradually mature, and they become able to express their Soul’s gifts and ministry to others.

While this inner transformation and awakening is occurring, Mudrashram® students will benefit from studying the Mudrashram® Correspondence Course, and reading the books of the Initiate’s Library. This will stimulate their inner discernment and activate their Illumined Mind.

We also recommend that Mudrashram® students attend Light Sittings, as this immerses you in the Illumined Stream from the Masters. During Light Sittings, the Masters directly send the Light to your Buddhic capsule and activate each of your Soul’s budding gifts through your Manasic Vortex.

Through this ongoing process, you begin to construct your Antakarana.

Q: As you mention the Soul’s gifts that awaken during layer four of the Antakarana, you mentioned the term, Thaumaturge. I’ve never heard this term before. Can you shed some light on this?

A: Thaumaturgy is the ability to access the Inner Light Fire to make attunements. Certain disciples, who have a robust connection with the Agni Yoga lineage, powerfully develop these abilities. Certain teachers on the First Ray will also train their disciples in these techniques.

[We introduce the rudiments of Agni Yoga in our intermediate meditation courses. In our Teacher Training One (Form of the Disciple Stage) and Two (Mahatma Stage), we introduce and empower our spiritual teachers to use many of the higher order attunements that Thaumaturges employ.]

Most disciples who receive training in these advanced components of Agni Yoga will not develop all of these powers, but will rather be trained and empowered to manifest a subset of the abilities listed here. Some of abilities that a Thaumaturge develops include:

  1. The ability to burn away karmic impressions from the helix of the mind
  2. The ability to burn off entities clinging to the aura.
  3. The ability to purify and awaken the abilities of the vehicles of consciousness of the Superconscious mind
  4. The ability to bestow the Holy Spirit and bring about the awakening of heart wisdom; to anchor the Comforter in the core of human suffering
  5. The ability to anchor the Divine Light upon the tracks of the Manasic Vortex, and awaken and unfold the seeds of the latent skills of the Soul
  6. The ability to purify the veil of ignorance over the Soul and awaken the Buddhic capsule
  7. The ability to transform a nucleus of identity along its track of development; some of those anointed with the ability to bestow translating attunements can also unfold selected ensouling entities.
    • Adept Masters can unfold and liberate the nuclei of identity of the Planetary Sphere—the Moon Soul, the Solar Angel, the Manasic Vortex, and the Augoiedes. Some Adept Masters also develop the ability unfold the spiritual evolutionary potentials of the Soul Spark, Soul, and Monad up to the level they have attained in the Planetary Hierarchy.
    • Yogi Preceptors can unfold the nucleus of identity of the First Cosmic Initiation, cosmic consciousness.
    • Light Masters can unfold the nucleus of identity of the Second Cosmic Initiation, cosmic soul awareness.
    • Cosmic Masters can unfold and liberate the nuclei of identity of all five Cosmic Initiations—cosmic consciousness, cosmic soul awareness, the triune center, Avataric consciousness, and God consciousness. Selected Cosmic Masters have been anointed to unfold the Astral Soul throughout the Cosmic Sphere [George’s first spiritual teacher, Maha Genii Turriziani, had this ability.]
    • Supracosmic Masters can unfold and liberate the Supracosmic Seed Atom of the Supracosmic Path in which they have attained Mastery. Some Supracosmic Masters can also unfold the Supracosmic Soul through Translation, and raise it up to the seat of the Guru of that Path.
    • Sat Gurus of Transcendental Paths one through five can purify the capsule of the Illumined mind of the ensouling entity of their Path and awaken it. They can also purify the impressions of the unconscious mind at that level, and cleanse the coverings surrounding the spirit on that Path.
    • Adi Sat Gurus of the Bridge Path, and Transcendental Paths six and seven can purify the inmost impressions of the mind that hold ensouling entities back from Liberation at each band of the Continuum—Subtle, Planetary, Transplanetary, Cosmic, Supracosmic, and Transcendental Paths one through five. They can also return each vehicle of consciousness and each nucleus of identity to its origin, purifying the stored karma layered behind it on its track.
  8. Light Masters, Sat Gurus of Transcendental Paths one through five, and the Adi Sat Gurus of the Bridge Path and Transcendental Paths six and seven also gain the ability to yield the fiery power of Translation upon the Second Pole of Being. These Masters have the ability to move the spirit(s) over which they have aegis along the tracks of the Nada and purify the karmic impressions embedded in that track, to lead the spirit to Liberation in the Light from which it was born.

If you develop a form of Mastery on the Continuum, you will be trained in the arts of Thaumaturgy for that level of the Path. Because even the most rudimentary of these applications of Agni Yoga have benefit to aspirants and disciples, we include an introduction to Agni Yoga in our intermediate classes.

We teach several additional introductory applications of Agni Yoga in our Agni Yoga Workshop, which is available to those who complete one of our intermediate classes. [Level One completers can access this workshop through their dashboard.] Those who complete one of these courses can also read about these methods in one of the books of our Level One Initiate’s Library, The Fundamentals of Meditation.

Those who have developed the fourth and fifth abilities of Thaumaturgy can assist you develop your Antakarana. You are exposed to these enlivening energies during Light Sittings.