External link: Planes of existence
Anupadaka plane – Monadic – Which we do not understand as yet
Aatma plane – Spiritual – Our Gurus work at this level
Budhic plane – Intuitional- Bhava samvedana State
Manas plane –
Higher Manas – Supra mental state
Lower manas – All intellectual persons ,scientists are in this state
Kama plane – Anybody who have attained something in physical plane are in this plane, Business men, Sports stars etc.
Sthool plane – only physical
Whatever exists in physical plane comes from a plane higher than this. So we can understand all physical is the reflection of the higher. All ideas originate from higher planes. But when it reaches the mental level different people understand the message according to their mental capability and the mental status. So he message will obviously change. The lower mind does not allow us to think as a “Whole”. It always tries to break the Whole into smaller parts like “I”. It is because of this selfish thought imposed on the ideas, the presentation and the actions change.
This is the reason why we chant “Akhanda mandalakaram vyaaptam ena chara charam” sloka as a precursor to understand anything in our meditation or Puja. This is how we try to train our mind to learn to surrender and think as one single consciousness. This consciousness will allow us to understand the right signals sent from the higher planes.
Yamas – will help in conquering this plane.
(It may be asked how it is that an astral entity becomes aware of a physical cry, or an accident. The answer is that any cry which has in it a strong feeling or emotion would produce an effect upon the astral plane, and would convey exactly the same idea there as on the physical plane. In the case of an accident the rush of emotion caused by pain or fright would flame out like a great light, and could not fail to attract the attention of an astral entity )
But normally people who are habituated to perform daily Puja, meditation etc with an awareness of these planes, can raise themselves to higher levels to work in astral plane when they are alive. Every day they can work in dream state knowingly and unknowingly with their masters or co-disciples. So there is no need to leave our physical body to work in this plane.
But after death and after a few hundred years (Not equal to a physical plane year) stay in astral plane people will reach the mental plane in their normal evolutionary process leaving their astral body. This evolution can be hastened with spiritual practices.
Niyamas – will help in conquering this plane.
The modern technology marvels that we are enjoying are the result of the work done in the mental plane by the Masters for faster human evolution. We can also understand this as Savitri Shakti. Sri Aurobindo completed all work required for this state for the evolution of planet earth which has resulted in vast development of materialism , technology, electrical appliances or you can say these modern life style instruments.
Sri Aurobindo did all his work in the Mental plane when he was in his physical body proving to us again that there is no need to leave our physical body to work in this plane. We just need to be able to over come physical, astral planes to be able to reach mental plane. For our understanding we can think , Sri Auro was able to reflect his works on the highest mental plane. ( I am not saying he worked only in mental plane, but he was an expert in higher mental planes and made ready Supra mental state for entire humanity who are ready to reach higher mental plane). So using Savitri Shakti he made available Supra mental state for the Humanity.
After death and after a few thousands of years (Not equal to a physical plane year) of stay in this plane, people reach the causal plane in their normal evolutionary process. This evolution can be done fast with spiritual practices.
Asana – Pranayama – Pratyahara will help in conquering this plane.
In Summary without going too much in to details we can understand this in simple terms.
We have certain time period for our physical body and also we have time periods in all other planes to complete our evolution. We leave our physical body to go to the astral plane and we have to do it for all other planes.
Each Master specializing in their respective fields have helped humanity to take them much ahead in their evolution, but humans with their selfish attitude always undermined their efforts by treating such material gains for personal gratification.
Gurudev did what he had to do, but it is our duty to bring that in physical plane, this is the only work we need to do. To bring their hard work in mental plane needs an instrument called physical body which we have. We have to allow them to work through us completely surrendering our Antahkaranas. In other words, we need to work physically on the same lines.
We need to understand very important point here. Yoga, as Swami Vivekananda has said, may be regarded as a means of compressing one’s evolution in to a single life or a few years or even a few months of bodily existence.
Astral life -astral body – few hundred of years (Not equal to a physical plane year).
Mental life – Few thousands of years (Not equal to a physical plane year).
We can see how Gurudev completed few thousand years in just 10 years. He left his body in 1990 and said he will leave his Sookshma sharira and enter in to the Karana sharira by 2000. This is “Janma Janmonka anubandhan”. Not only our past, but also in the future for crores of years, we need to work in all the planes together as Gurudev’s disciples. There is no end in Guru – Sishya sambandha, when we can understand all planes. We can feel how strong and important our relationships with our parijans and Gurudev. This thought itself will bring love in us for others, because there are no others, just single consciousness working to reach the Anupadaka and Adi planes.