I'm going to skip the introduction I made in the last two posts in this
series. See previous posts if you want more information.
With this post I am looking at the next 16 paragraphs that David identifies
on his, for Paul's Chapter One. These are the following paragraphs: 66, 67,
68, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 80, 81, 82, 83.
Here is how those paragraphs read from Paul's Chapter One of The Far
"Sometimes the spiritual travelers call this region the Brahmanda, which
means the egg of Brahm, and refers to the name of its Lord, Brahm. This
Deity is supposed to be the supreme being of all creation by the Yogis. This
is the highest world known to practically all faiths, including
"If the yogi or other holy man claims to be a master and declares that
Brahman is the highest of all creators, that this is the supreme heaven, he
is not a master in the sense that we know. He is only a humble seeker under
the supreme ruler of this plane, Brahman.
"This is the top of the three worlds, the physical, lower and upper Astral.
It is called the first grand division of the universes...
"This is the region of the universal mind, whose power is called AUM. Hence
the word Omkar, the power on this plane, which is still the negative force.
The lower part of this region is that known as the Home of the Universal
Mind. It is from here that all individual minds are derived, and to that
region all minds must return when they are discarded during the upward
flight of Soul.
"An ECK Master takes you through this world, into the next region, for only
a master can be the guide, and know the path, thorny as it is. He is the
recognized Lord of all.
"All other lords, rulers and peoples on every plane pay homage to Him.
"When you arrive at the border of this region the sound of Omkar is heard
continuously resounding, like a great drum. You go up a hill and open a
gate, enter a crooked tunnel, pass on through to the other side. Then you
cross high and low hills where the vision appears to be reversed. It's as if
you are traveling in reverse.
"You pass through a fort like region which is the home of the ruler, Omkar,
and halt, for Soul to become adorned with the attributes of devotion and
"The seeds of the traveler's karma are burned and destroyed here.
"The color of this region is that of a beautiful, setting sun. Above it is
another part of the world of Omkar where you find deserts, mountains and
gardens. Flowers are arranged in artistic designs everywhere.
"You will be intoxicated with joy, wandering through a splendid region of
canals and streams, before coming to an ocean of water over which you can
cross by bridge to the other side where there are three mountain peaks named
Mer, Sumer and Kailash.
"This is a halting place for many spiritualists and mystics. Some yogis
believe this to be their heaven. The miracles of the mind are performed from
this section of Brahm Lok, e.g., stopping of trains, filling dry wells and
healing the sick...
"There are six planes within Brahm Lok, and many sub-divisions. The chief
city here is called Mersumer Kailash, named after the three peaks of Brahm
"This region is controlled by Brahm whose chief duty is to channel the great
power, AUM, into the region and the worlds below.
"The function of AUM, a part of the great sound current, is to create,
maintain and destroy the universes below it. It is the center of creation of
the material and Astral worlds.
"Many of the great scriptures have sprung from this region, including the
Vedas, Christian scriptures, Buddhist texts, to name a few. Lord Krishna as
well as many other spiritual leaders make their home here."
Following are quotes from Julian Johnson's book, With A Great Master In
India, pages 197-198:
"With our great Captain in command, we resume our journey. He alone knows
the Way, and he alone has the key to all regions: for he has traveled them
all many times, and besides, he is the recognized Lord of them all for the
time being. The true Saint is king of kings, and is universally recognized
as Lord because he is ONE with the Supreme. His power and authority are
recognized all alone the route. All other lords, rulers and people, pay
obeisance to him. Under his protection we now enter Trikuti, the second
stage on our journey. Here we may rest and study for a long time, even
years. There is much here to absorb attention, besides, one has to himself
grow and develop before he can advance. Let us quote a brief description of
this region from Soami Ji:
[NOTE: The following three paragraphs are quotes from Shiv Dayal Singh, the
founder of Radhasoami, from his book the Sar Bachan.]
""Now, my dear companion, prepare to enter the second stage. Behold Trikuti,
the abode of the Guru, where the sound of Onkar is heard perpetually
resounding. Then you go on up and open a gate and enter the bankanal
(crooked tunnel), passing on to the other end of it. Then you cross high and
low hills. Now, the vision appears to be reversed, and one sees as if from
the opposite side of the veil which he has penetrated. Looking upward, he
passes into a fort-like region which he enters and becomes Master of it. He
reigns there as lord of that region. Here the soul becomes adorned with the
attributes of devotion and faith. Here the seed of all karma is burned,
destroyed. You will see thick dark clouds, from which peals of thunder
constantly resound. When rising above these dark clouds, behold, the entire
sphere is red, with the beautiful red sun in the center imparting its color
""This is where the Guru really gives Nam; for the Master's Shabd Rup is
here. This Shabd is, in fact, the Fifth Veda. Here you will see the red
four-petalled lotus spoken of by the Saints, the details and colors becoming
visible as one comes nearer to it. Here the bell and conch sounds are left
behind and the sound of mardang (like a drum) is heard.
""After than, the soul resumes his upward journey. Now comes the sound of a
huge drum, beaten incessantly. Here the soul has grasped the Primal Current,
from which all creation emanates. Innumerable suns and moons are seen here
and many kinds of skies, filled with stars. The soul here realizes its
complete separation from Pind, and rises to the upper Brahmand, as if
intoxicated with joy. He sees and traverses deserts and mountains and
gardens. In the gardens are flowers arranged in artistic designs and groups
everywhere. Canals and rivulets of transparent water are flowing in
abundance. Then one approaches an ocean, which he crosses by means of a
bridge. He then beholds the three mountains, or prominences, called Mer,
Sumer and Kailash. (From these the region is named.) After this, he passes
on to a region of the most unalloyed delight." [End of quote from Shiv Dayal
"Again, necessarily, much has been omitted. Volumes could be written and
still tell but little of the worlds crossed by the Saints. Much of it cannot
be told in mortal language, because we have nothing like it here with which
to compare it. So we must pass on along this Royal Highway of the Saints.
They have given us only hints, just a word here and there. Having reached
this region; the soul finds itself in possession of new powers and
understanding never realized before. In fact, he has to grow as he advances.
That is one reason it often takes years to reach the higher regions. He must
be fitted for their higher and purer atmosphere. Each successive stage
brings him just that much nearer to sainthood itself. But very few of the
ancient yogis, seers and prophets, ever reached this second region. None of
the founders of the great world religions ever reached it. And yet, no
doubt, each one thought he had reached the highest, the abode of the
Supreme. For so it appeared to him. In his delight, he could not imagine
anything greater, and he had no Guru to instruct him concerning the many
worlds beyond. Traveling alone, no one can hope to go beyond the upper
frontiers of the first region. A few of the Yogishwars reached the second,
and still fewer the third, by the aid of their gurus who had gone that far
ahead of them. Beyond that none but the Saints and their disciples have ever
gone. From this second region, the Vedas emanated, and consequently, they
know nothing beyond it; although the Lord Krishna hints at a higher region
when he tells his disciple, Arjuna, to transcend the Vedas. They believed it
to be the ultimate region and its lord they accepted as the Supreme Being."
Following is the section from Julian Johnson's book, The Path of the
Masters, Pages 265-266 (The Creation and Order of the Universe):
"The second grand division above downward is Brahmanda, (meaning, the egg of
Brahm, as said before.) This refers to its shape and also to the Governor or
Lord who is its ruler. This Brahm is supposed by most of the old rishis to
be the supreme being of all creation, because they knew of no one higher.
But the Saints know that there is not only one Brahm, but countless numbers
of Brahms, who are governors over so many Brahmandas. For it must be
understood that there are countless Andas and Brahmandas, each circling
about the supreme region in its own orbit. And each of them has its own
governor or ruler. Brahm was the highest God known to the ancient rishi or
yogi, and so the name of Brahm is retained by the Saints to designate the
ruler of the "Three Worlds," including the physical universe, the Anda and
lower portion of Brahmanda, named Trikuti. The upper portion of Brahmanda is
called Par Brahm.
"As said before, this grand division is mostly spirit in substance, but is
mixed with a certain amount of pure, spiritualized matter. It is the finest
order of matter, and that includes mind. This is called the
"spiritual-material region," because spirit dominates the region. The
substance of that division gradually becomes less and less concentrated as
we descend toward the negative pole of creation. The lower portions
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