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The Resurrection of Sri Yukteswar
"Lord Krishna!" The glorious form of the avatar appeared
in a shimmering blaze as I sat in my room at the Regent Hotel in Bombay.
Shining over the roof of a high building across the street, the ineffable
vision had suddenly burst on my sight as I gazed out of my long open
The divine figure
waved to me, smiling and nodding in greeting. When I could not understand
the exact message of Lord Krishna, he departed with a gesture of
blessing. Wondrously uplifted, I felt that some spiritual event
My Western voyage
had, for the time being, been cancelled. I was scheduled for several
public addresses in Bombay before leaving on a return visit to Bengal.
Sitting on my
bed in the Bombay hotel at three o'clock in the afternoon of June
19, 1936 --- one week after the vision of Krishna --- I was roused from
my meditation by a beatific light. Before my open and astonished
eyes, the whole room was transformed into a strange world, the sunlight
transmuted into supernal splendor.
Waves of rapture
engulfed me as I beheld the flesh and blood form of Sri Yukteswar!
Master spoke tenderly, on his face an angel-bewitching smile.
For the first
time in my life I did not kneel at his feet in greeting but instantly
advanced to gather him hungrily in my arms. Moment of moments! The
anguish of past months was toll I counted weightless against the
torrential bliss now descending.
mine, beloved of my heart, why did you leave me?" I was incoherent
in an excess of joy. "Why did you let me go to the Kumbha
Mela? How bitterly have I blamed myself for leaving you!"
not want to interfere with your happy anticipation of seeing the
pilgrimage spot where first I met Babaji. I left you only for a
little while; am I not with you again?"
is it you, Master, the same Lion of God? Are you wearing
a body like the one I buried beneath the cruel Puri sands?"
child, I am the same. This is a flesh and blood body. Though I see
it as ethereal, to your sight it is physical. From the cosmic atoms
I created an entirely new body, exactly like that cosmic-dream physical
body which you laid beneath the dream-sands at Puri in your dream-world.
I am in truth resurrected --- not on earth but on an astral planet.
Its inhabitants are better able than earthly humanity to meet my
lofty standards. There you and your exalted loved ones shall someday
come to be with me."
guru, tell me more!"
a quick, mirthful chuckle. "Please, dear one," he said,
"won't you relax your hold a little?"
a little!" I had been embracing him with an octopus grip. I
could detect the same faint, fragrant, natural odor which had been
characteristic of his body before. The thrilling touch of his divine
flesh still persists around the inner sides of my arms and in my
palms whenever I recall those glorious hours.
prophets are sent on earth to help men work out their physical karma,
so I have been directed by God to serve on an astral planet as a
savior," Sri Yukteswar explained. "It is called Hiranyaloka or 'Illumined Astral Planet.' There I am aiding advanced
beings to rid themselves of astral karma and thus attain liberation
from astral rebirths. The dwellers on Hiranyaloka are highly developed
spiritually; all of them had acquired, in their last earth-incarnation,
the meditation-given power of consciously leaving their physical
bodies at death. No one can enter Hiranyaloka unless he has passed
on earth beyond the state of sabikalpa samadhi into the higher
state of nirbikalpa samadhi. 1
inhabitants have already passed through the ordinary astral spheres,
where nearly all beings from earth must go at death; there they
worked out many seeds of their past actions in the astral worlds.
None but advanced beings can perform such redemptive work effectually
in the astral worlds. Then, in order to free their souls more fully
from the cocoon of karmic traces lodged in their astral bodies,
these higher beings were drawn by cosmic law to be reborn with new
astral bodies on Hiranyaloka, the astral sun or heaven, where I
have resurrected to help them. There are also highly advanced beings
on Hiranyaloka who have come from the superior, subtler, causal
My mind was
now in such perfect attunement with my guru's that he was conveying
his word-pictures to me partly by speech and partly by thought-transference.
I was thus quickly receiving his idea-tabloids.
have read in the scriptures," Master went on, "that God
encased the human soul successively in three bodies --- the idea, or
causal, body; the subtle astral body, seat of man's mental and emotional
natures; and the gross physical body. On earth a man is equipped
with his physical senses. An astral being works with his consciousness
and feelings and a body made of lifetrons.2 A causal-bodied
being remains in the blissful realm of ideas. My work is with those
astral beings who are preparing to enter the causal world."
Master, please tell me more about the astral cosmos." Though
I had slightly relaxed my embrace at Sri Yukteswar's request, my
arms were still around him. Treasure beyond all treasures, my guru
who had laughed at death to reach me!
are many astral planets, teeming with astral beings," Master
began. "The inhabitants use astral planes, or masses of light,
to travel from one planet to another, faster than electricity and
universe, made of various subtle vibrations of light and color,
is hundreds of times larger than the material cosmos. The entire
physical creation hangs like a little solid basket under the huge
luminous balloon of the astral sphere. Just as many physical suns
and stars roam in space, so there are also countless astral solar
and stellar systems. Their planets have astral suns and moons, more
beautiful than the physical ones. The astral luminaries resemble
the aurora borealis --- the sunny astral aurora being more dazzling
than the mild-rayed moon-aurora. The astral day and night are longer
than those of earth.
world is infinitely beautiful, clean, pure, and orderly. There are
no dead planets or barren lands. The terrestrial blemishes --- weeds,
bacteria, insects, snakes --- are absent. Unlike the variable climates
and seasons of the earth, the astral planets maintain the even temperature
of an eternal spring, with occasional luminous white snow and rain
of many-colored lights. Astral planets abound in opal lakes and
bright seas and rainbow rivers.
astral universe --- not the subtler astral heaven of Hiranyaloka --- is
peopled with millions of astral beings who have come, more or less
recently, from the earth, and also with myriads of fairies, mermaids,
fishes, animals, goblins, gnomes, demigods and spirits, all residing
on different astral planets in accordance with karmic qualifications.
Various spheric mansions or vibratory regions are provided for good
and evil spirits. Good ones can travel freely, but the evil spirits
are confined to limited zones. In the same way that human beings
live on the surface of the earth, worms inside the soil, fish in
water, and birds in air, so astral beings of different grades are
assigned to suitable vibratory quarters.
the fallen dark angels expelled from other worlds, friction and
war take place with lifetronic bombs or mental mantric3 vibratory
rays. These beings dwell in the gloom-drenched regions of the lower
astral cosmos, working out their evil karma.
vast realms above the dark astral prison, all is shining and beautiful.
The astral cosmos is more naturally attuned than the earth to the
divine will and plan of perfection. Every astral object is manifested
primarily by the will of God, and partially by the will-call of
astral beings. They possess the power of modifying or enhancing
the grace and form of anything already created by the Lord. He has
given His astral children the freedom and privilege of changing
or improving at will the astral cosmos. On earth a solid must be
transformed into liquid or other form through natural or chemical
processes, but astral solids are changed into astral liquids, gases,
or energy solely and instantly by the will of the inhabitants.
is dark with warfare and murder in the sea, land, and air,"
my guru continued, "but the astral realms know a happy harmony
and equality. Astral beings dematerialize or materialize their forms
at will. Flowers or fish or animals can metamorphose themselves,
for a time, into astral men. All astral beings are free to assume
any form, and can easily commune together. No fixed, definite, natural
law hems them round --- any astral tree, for example, can be successfully
asked to produce an astral mango or other desired fruit, flower,
or indeed any other object. Certain karmic restrictions are present,
but there are no distinctions in the astral world about desirability
of various forms. Everything is vibrant with God's creative light.
is born of woman; offspring are materialized by astral beings through
the help of their cosmic will into specially patterned, astrally
condensed forms. The recently physically disembodied being arrives
in an astral family through invitation, drawn by similar mental
and spiritual tendencies.
astral body is not subject to cold or heat or other natural conditions.
The anatomy includes an astral brain, or the thousand-petaled lotus
of light, and six awakened centers in the sushumna, or astral
cerebro-spinal axis. The heart draws cosmic energy as well as light
from the astral brain, and pumps it to the astral nerves and body
cells, or lifetrons. Astral beings can affect their bodies by lifetronic
force or by mantric vibrations.
body is an exact counterpart of the last physical form. Astral beings
retain the same appearance which they possessed in youth in their
previous earthly sojourn; occasionally an astral being chooses,
like myself, to retain his old age appearance." Master, emanating
the very essence of youth, chuckled merrily.
the spacial, three-dimensional physical world cognized only by the
five senses, the astral spheres are visible to the all-inclusive
sixth sense --- intuition," Sri Yukteswar went on. "By sheer
intuitional feeling, all astral beings see, hear, smell, taste,
and touch. They possess three eyes, two of which are partly closed.
The third and chief astral eye, vertically placed on the forehead,
is open. Astral beings have all the outer sensory organs --- ears, eyes,
nose, tongue, and skin --- but they employ the intuitional sense to
experience sensations through any part of the body; they can see
through the ear, or nose, or skin. They are able to hear through
the eyes or tongue, and can taste through the ears or skin, and
physical body is exposed to countless dangers, and is easily hurt
or maimed; the ethereal astral body may occasionally be cut or bruised
but is healed at once by mere willing."
are all astral persons beautiful?"
in the astral world is known to be a spiritual quality, and not
an outward conformation," Sri Yukteswar replied. "Astral
beings therefore attach little importance to facial features. They
have the privilege, however, of costuming themselves at will with
new, colorful, astrally materialized bodies. Just as worldly men
don new array for gala events, so astral beings find occasions to
bedeck themselves in specially designed forms.
astral festivities on the higher astral planets like Hiranyaloka
take place when a being is liberated from the astral world through
spiritual advancement, and is therefore ready to enter the heaven
of the causal world. On such occasions the Invisible Heavenly Father,
and the saints who are merged in Him, materialize Themselves into
bodies of Their own choice and join the astral celebration. In order
to please His beloved devotee, the Lord takes any desired form.
If the devotee worshiped through devotion, he sees God as the Divine
Mother. To Jesus, the Father-aspect of the Infinite One was appealing
beyond other conceptions. The individuality with which the Creator
has endowed each of His creatures makes every conceivable and inconceivable
demand on the Lord's versatility!" My guru and I laughed happily
of other lives easily recognize one another in the astral world,"
Sri Yukteswar went on in his beautiful, flutelike voice. "Rejoicing
at the immortality of friendship, they realize the indestructibility
of love, often doubted at the time of the sad, delusive partings
of earthly life.
of astral beings pierces through the veil and observes human activities
on earth, but man cannot view the astral world unless his sixth
sense is somewhat developed. Thousands of earth-dwellers have momentarily
glimpsed an astral being or an astral world.
advanced beings on Hiranyaloka remain mostly awake in ecstasy during
the long astral day and night, helping to work out intricate problems
of cosmic government and the redemption of prodigal sons, earthbound
souls. When the Hiranyaloka beings sleep, they have occasional dreamlike
astral visions. Their minds are usually engrossed in the conscious
state of highest nirbikalpa bliss.
in all parts of the astral worlds are still subject to mental agonies.
The sensitive minds of the higher beings on planets like Hiranyaloka
feel keen pain if any mistake is made in conduct or perception of
truth. These advanced beings endeavor to attune their every act
and thought with the perfection of spiritual law.
among the astral inhabitants is held entirely by astral telepathy
and television; there is none of the confusion and misunderstanding
of the written and spoken word which earth-dwellers must endure.
Just as persons on the cinema screen appear to move and act through
a series of light pictures, and do not actually breathe, so the
astral beings walk and work as intelligently guided and coordinated
images of light, without the necessity of drawing power from oxygen.
Man depends upon solids, liquids, gases, and energy for sustenance;
astral beings sustain themselves principally by cosmic light."
mine, do astral beings eat anything?" I was drinking in his
marvelous elucidations with the receptivity of all my faculties --- mind,
heart, soul. Superconscious perceptions of truth are permanently
real and changeless, while fleeting sense experiences and impressions
are never more than temporarily or relatively true, and soon lose
in memory all their vividness. My guru's words were so penetratingly
imprinted on the parchment of my being that at any time, by transferring
my mind to the superconscious state, I can clearly relive the divine
raylike vegetables abound in the astral soils," he answered.
"The astral beings consume vegetables, and drink a nectar flowing
from glorious fountains of light and from astral brooks and rivers.
Just as invisible images of persons on the earth can be dug out
of the ether and made visible by a television apparatus, later being
dismissed again into space, so the God-created, unseen astral blueprints
of vegetables and plants floating in the ether are precipitated
on an astral planet by the will of its inhabitants. In the same
way, from the wildest fancy of these beings, whole gardens of fragrant
flowers are materialized, returning later to the etheric invisibility.
Although dwellers on the heavenly planets like Hiranyaloka are almost
freed from any necessity of eating, still higher is the unconditioned
existence of almost completely liberated souls in the causal world,
who eat nothing save the manna of bliss.
earth-liberated astral being meets a multitude of relatives, fathers,
mothers, wives, husbands, and friends, acquired during different
incarnations on earth,5 as
they appear from time to time in various parts of the astral realms.
He is therefore at a loss to understand whom to love especially;
he learns in this way to give a divine and equal love to all, as
children and individualized expressions of God. Though the outward
appearance of loved ones may have changed, more or less
according to the development of new qualities in the latest life
of any particular soul, the astral being employs his unerring intuition
to recognize all those once dear to him in other planes of existence,
and to welcome them to their new astral home. Because every atom
in creation is inextinguishably dowered with individuality,6 an astral friend will be recognized no matter what costume he may
don, even as on earth an actor's identity is discoverable by close
observation despite any disguise.
of life in the astral world is much longer than on earth. A normal
advanced astral being's average life period is from five hundred
to one thousand years, measured in accordance with earthly standards
of time. As certain redwood trees outlive most trees by millenniums,
or as some yogis live several hundred years though most men die
before the age of sixty, so some astral beings live much longer
than the usual span of astral existence. Visitors to the astral
world dwell there for a longer or shorter period in accordance with
the weight of their physical karma, which draws them back to earth
within a specified time.
being does not have to contend painfully with death at the time
of shedding his luminous body. Many of these beings nevertheless
feel slightly nervous at the thought of dropping their astral form
for the subtler causal one. The astral world is free from unwilling
death, disease, and old age. These three dreads are the curse of
earth, where man has allowed his consciousness to identify itself
almost wholly with a frail physical body requiring constant aid
from air, food, and sleep in order to exist at all.
death is attended by the disappearance of breath and the disintegration
of fleshly cells. Astral death consists of the dispersement of lifetrons,
those manifest units of energy which constitute the life of astral
beings. At physical death a being loses his consciousness of flesh
and becomes aware of his subtle body in the astral world. Experiencing
astral death in due time, a being thus passes from the consciousness
of astral birth and death to that of physical birth and death. These
recurrent cycles of astral and physical encasement are the ineluctable
destiny of all unenlightened beings. Scriptural definitions of heaven
and hell sometimes stir man's deeper-than-subconscious memories
of his long series of experiences in the blithesome astral and disappointing
Master," I asked, "will you please describe more in detail
the difference between rebirth on the earth and in the astral and
as an individualized soul is essentially causal-bodied," my
guru explained. "That body is a matrix of the thirty-five ideas required by God as the basic or causal thought forces
from which He later formed the subtle astral body of nineteen elements
and the gross physical body of sixteen elements.
nineteen elements of the astral body are mental, emotional, and
lifetronic. The nineteen components are intelligence; ego; feeling;
mind (sense-consciousness); five instruments of knowledge, the subtle counterparts of the senses of sight, hearing, smell,
taste, touch; five instruments of action, the mental correspondence
for the executive abilities to procreate, excrete, talk, walk, and
exercise manual skill; and five instruments of life force, those empowered to perform the crystallizing, assimilating, eliminating,
metabolizing, and circulating functions of the body. This subtle
astral encasement of nineteen elements survives the death of the
physical body, which is made of sixteen gross metallic and nonmetallic
out different ideas within Himself and projected them into dreams.
Lady Cosmic Dream thus sprang out decorated in all her colossal
endless ornaments of relativity.
thought categories of the causal body, God elaborated all the complexities
of man's nineteen astral and sixteen physical counterparts. By condensation
of vibratory forces, first subtle, then gross, He produced man's
astral body and finally his physical form. According to the law
of relativity, by which the Prime Simplicity has become the bewildering
manifold, the causal cosmos and causal body are different from the
astral cosmos and astral body; the physical cosmos and physical
body are likewise characteristically at variance with the other
forms of creation.
fleshly body is made of the fixed, objectified dreams of the Creator.
The dualities are ever-present on earth: disease and health, pain
and pleasure, loss and gain. Human beings find limitation and resistance
in three-dimensional matter. When man's desire to live is severely
shaken by disease or other causes, death arrives; the heavy overcoat
of the flesh is temporarily shed. The soul, however, remains encased
in the astral and causal bodies.7 The adhesive force by which all three bodies are held together is
desire. The power of unfulfilled desires is the root of all man's
desires are rooted in egotism and sense pleasures. The compulsion
or temptation of sensory experience is more powerful than the desire-force
connected with astral attachments or causal perceptions.
desires center around enjoyment in terms of vibration. Astral beings
enjoy the ethereal music of the spheres and are entranced by the
sight of all creation as exhaustless expressions of changing light.
The astral beings also smell, taste, and touch light. Astral desires
are thus connected with an astral being's power to precipitate all
objects and experiences as forms of light or as condensed thoughts
desires are fulfilled by perception only. The nearly-free beings
who are encased only in the causal body see the whole universe as
realizations of the dream-ideas of God; they can materialize anything
and everything in sheer thought. Causal beings therefore consider
the enjoyment of physical sensations or astral delights as gross
and suffocating to the soul's fine sensibilities. Causal beings
work out their desires by materializing them instantly.8 Those who find themselves covered only by the delicate veil of the
causal body can bring universes into manifestation even as the Creator.
Because all creation is made of the cosmic dream-texture, the soul
thinly clothed in the causal has vast realizations of power.
soul, being invisible by nature, can be distinguished only by the
presence of its body or bodies. The mere presence of a body signifies
that its existence is made possible by unfulfilled desires.9
as the soul of man is encased in one, two, or three body-containers,
sealed tightly with the corks of ignorance and desires, he cannot
merge with the sea of Spirit. When the gross physical receptacle
is destroyed by the hammer of death, the other two coverings --- astral
and causal --- still remain to prevent the soul from consciously joining
the Omnipresent Life. When desirelessness is attained through wisdom,
its power disintegrates the two remaining vessels. The tiny human
soul emerges, free at last; it is one with the Measureless Amplitude."
I asked my divine
guru to shed further light on the high and mysterious causal world.
world is indescribably subtle," he replied. "In order
to understand it, one would have to possess such tremendous powers
of concentration that he could close his eyes and visualize the
astral cosmos and the physical cosmos in all their vastness --- the
luminous balloon with the solid basket --- as existing in ideas only.
If by this superhuman concentration one succeeded in converting
or resolving the two cosmoses with all their complexities into sheer
ideas, he would then reach the causal world and stand on the borderline
of fusion between mind and matter. There one perceives all created
things --- solids, liquids, gases, electricity, energy, all beings,
gods, men, animals, plants, bacteria --- as forms of consciousness,
just as a man can close his eyes and realize that he exists, even
though his body is invisible to his physical eyes and is present
only as an idea.
a human being can do in fancy, a causal being can do in reality.
The most colossal imaginative human intelligence is able, in mind
only, to range from one extreme of thought to another, to skip mentally
from planet to planet, or tumble endlessly down a pit of eternity,
or soar rocketlike into the galaxied canopy, or scintillate like
a searchlight over milky ways and the starry spaces. But beings
in the causal world have a much greater freedom, and can effortlessly
manifest their thoughts into instant objectivity, without any material
or astral obstruction or karmic limitation.
beings realize that the physical cosmos is not primarily constructed
of electrons, nor is the astral cosmos basically composed of lifetrons --- both
in reality are created from the minutest particles of God-thought,
chopped and divided by maya, the law of relativity which
intervenes to apparently separate the Noumenon from His phenomena.
in the causal world recognize one another as individualized points
of joyous Spirit; their thought-things are the only objects which
surround them. Causal beings see the difference between their bodies
and thoughts to be merely ideas. As a man, closing his eyes, can
visualize a dazzling white light or a faint blue haze, so causal
beings by thought alone are able to see, hear, feel, taste, and
touch; they create anything, or dissolve it, by the power of cosmic
and rebirth in the causal world are in thought. Causal-bodied beings
feast only on the ambrosia of eternally new knowledge. They drink
from the springs of peace, roam on the trackless soil of perceptions,
swim in the ocean-endlessness of bliss. Lo! see their bright thought-bodies
zoom past trillions of Spirit-created planets, fresh bubbles of
universes, wisdom-stars, spectral dreams of golden nebulae, all
over the skiey blue bosom of Infinity!
remain for thousands of years in the causal cosmos. By deeper ecstasies
the freed soul then withdraws itself from the little causal body
and puts on the vastness of the causal cosmos. All the separate
eddies of ideas, particularized waves of power, love, will, joy,
peace, intuition, calmness, self-control, and concentration melt
into the ever-joyous Sea of Bliss. No longer does the soul have
to experience its joy as an individualized wave of consciousness,
but is merged in the One Cosmic Ocean, with all its waves --- eternal
laughter, thrills, throbs.
a soul is out of the cocoon of the three bodies it escapes forever
from the law of relativity and becomes the ineffable Ever-Existent.10 Behold the butterfly of Omnipresence, its wings etched with stars
and moons and suns! The soul expanded into Spirit remains alone
in the region of lightless light, darkless dark, thoughtless thought,
intoxicated with its ecstasy of joy in God's dream of cosmic creation."
soul!" I ejaculated in awe.
soul finally gets out of the three jars of bodily delusions,"
Master continued, "it becomes one with the Infinite without
any loss of individuality. Christ had won this final freedom even
before he was born as Jesus. In three stages of his past, symbolized
in his earth-life as the three days of his experience of death and
resurrection, he had attained the power to fully arise in Spirit.
undeveloped man must undergo countless earthly and astral and causal
incarnations in order to emerge from his three bodies. A master
who achieves this final freedom may elect to return to earth as
a prophet to bring other human beings back to God, or like myself
he may choose to reside in the astral cosmos. There a savior assumes
some of the burden of the inhabitants' karma11 and thus helps
them to terminate their cycle of reincarnation in the astral cosmos
and go on permanently to the causal spheres. Or a freed soul may
enter the causal world to aid its beings to shorten their span in
the causal body and thus attain the Absolute Freedom."
One, I want to know more about the karma which forces souls to return
to the three worlds." I could listen forever, I thought, to
my omniscient Master. Never in his earth-life had I been able at
one time to assimilate so much of his wisdom. Now for the first
time I was receiving a clear, definite insight into the enigmatic
interspaces on the checkerboard of life and death.
karma or desires of man must be completely worked out before his
permanent stay in astral worlds becomes possible," my guru
elucidated in his thrilling voice. "Two kinds of beings live
in the astral spheres. Those who still have earthly karma to dispose
of and who must therefore reinhabit a gross physical body in order
to pay their karmic debts could be classified, after physical death,
as temporary visitors to the astral world rather than as permanent
with unredeemed earthly karma are not permitted after astral death
to go to the high causal sphere of cosmic ideas, but must shuttle
to and fro from the physical and astral worlds only, conscious successively
of their physical body of sixteen gross elements, and of their astral
body of nineteen subtle elements. After each loss of his physical
body, however, an undeveloped being from the earth remains for the
most part in the deep stupor of the death-sleep and is hardly conscious
of the beautiful astral sphere. After the astral rest, such a man
returns to the material plane for further lessons, gradually accustoming
himself, through repeated journeys, to the worlds of subtle astral
or long-established residents of the astral universe, on the other
hand, are those who, freed forever from all material longings, need
return no more to the gross vibrations of earth. Such beings have
only astral and causal karma to work out. At astral death these
beings pass to the infinitely finer and more delicate causal world.
Shedding the thought-form of the causal body at the end of a certain
span, determined by cosmic law, these advanced beings then return
to Hiranyaloka or a similar high astral planet, reborn in a new
astral body to work out their unredeemed astral karma.
you may now comprehend more fully that I am resurrected by divine
decree," Sri Yukteswar continued, "as a savior of astrally
reincarnating souls coming back from the causal sphere, in particular,
rather than of those astral beings who are coming up from the earth.
Those from the earth, if they still retain vestiges of material
karma, do not rise to the very high astral planets like Hiranyaloka.
most people on earth have not learned through meditation-acquired
vision to appreciate the superior joys and advantages of astral
life and thus, after death, desire to return to the limited, imperfect
pleasures of earth, so many astral beings, during the normal disintegration
of their astral bodies, fail to picture the advanced state of spiritual
joy in the causal world and, dwelling on thoughts of the more gross
and gaudy astral happiness, yearn to revisit the astral paradise.
Heavy astral karma must be redeemed by such beings before they can
achieve after astral death a permanent stay in the causal thought-world,
so thinly partitioned from the Creator.
a being has no further desires for experiences in the pleasing-to-the-eye
astral cosmos, and cannot be tempted to go back there, does he remain
in the causal world. Completing there the work of redeeming all
causal karma or seeds of past desires, the confined soul thrusts
out the last of the three corks of ignorance and, emerging from
the final jar of the causal body, commingles with the Eternal.
you understand?" Master smiled so enchantingly!
your grace. I am speechless with joy and gratitude."
Never from song
or story had I ever received such inspiring knowledge. Though the
Hindu scriptures refer to the causal and astral worlds and to man's
three bodies, how remote and meaningless those pages compared with
the warm authenticity of my resurrected Master! For him indeed existed
not a single "undiscover'd country from whose bourn no traveller
of man's three bodies is expressed in many ways through his threefold
nature," my great guru went on. "In the wakeful state
on earth a human being is conscious more or less of his three vehicles.
When he is sensuously intent on tasting, smelling, touching, listening,
or seeing, he is working principally through his physical body.
Visualizing or willing, he is working mainly through his astral
body. His causal medium finds expression when man is thinking or
diving deep in introspection or meditation; the cosmical thoughts
of genius come to the man who habitually contacts his causal body.
In this sense an individual may be classified broadly as 'a material
man,' 'an energetic man,' or 'an intellectual man.'
identifies himself about sixteen hours daily with his physical vehicle.
Then he sleeps; if he dreams, he remains in his astral body, effortlessly
creating any object even as do the astral beings. If man's sleep
be deep and dreamless, for several hours he is able to transfer
his consciousness, or sense of I-ness, to the causal body; such
sleep is revivifying. A dreamer is contacting his astral and not
his causal body; his sleep is not fully refreshing."
I had been lovingly
observing Sri Yukteswar while he gave his wondrous exposition.
guru," I said, "your body looks exactly as it did when
last I wept over it in the Puri ashram."
my new body is a perfect copy of the old one. I materialize or dematerialize
this form any time at will, much more frequently than I did while
on earth. By quick dematerialization, I now travel instantly by
light express from planet to planet or, indeed, from astral to causal
or to physical cosmos." My divine guru smiled. "Though
you move about so fast these days, I had no difficulty in finding
you at Bombay!"
I was grieving so deeply about your death!"
did I die? Isn't there some contradiction?" Sri Yukteswar's
eyes were twinkling with love and amusement.
only dreaming on earth; on that earth you saw my dream-body,"
he went on. "Later you buried that dream-image. Now my finer
fleshly body --- which you behold and are even now embracing rather
closely! --- is resurrected on another finer dream-planet of God. Someday
that finer dream-body and finer dream-planet will
pass away; they too are not forever. All dream-bubbles must eventually
burst at a final wakeful touch. Differentiate, my son Yogananda,
between dreams and Reality!"
idea of Vedantic12 resurrection struck me with wonder. I was ashamed that I had pitied
Master when I had seen his lifeless body at Puri. I comprehended
at last that my guru had always been fully awake in God, perceiving
his own life and passing on earth, and his present resurrection,
as nothing more than relativities of divine ideas in the cosmic
now told you, Yogananda, the truths of my life, death, and resurrection.
Grieve not for me; rather broadcast everywhere the story of my resurrection
from the God-dreamed earth of men to another God-dreamed planet
of astrally garbed souls! New hope will be infused into the hearts
of misery-mad, death-fearing dreamers of the world."
How willingly would I share with others my joy at his resurrection!
my standards were uncomfortably high, unsuited to the natures of
most men. Often I scolded you more than I should have. You passed
my test; your love shone through the clouds of all reprimands."
He added tenderly, "I have also come today to tell you: Never
again shall I wear the stern gaze of censure. I shall scold you
How much I had
missed the chastisements of my great guru! Each one had been a guardian
angel of protection.
Master! Rebuke me a million times --- do scold me now!"
shall chide you no more." His divine voice was grave, yet with
an undercurrent of laughter. "You and I shall smile together,
so long as our two forms appear different in the maya-dream
of God. Finally we shall merge as one in the Cosmic Beloved; our
smiles shall be His smile, our unified song of joy vibrating throughout
eternity to be broadcast to God-tuned souls!"
gave me light on certain matters which I cannot reveal here. During
the two hours that he spent with me in the Bombay hotel room he
answered my every question. A number of world prophecies uttered
by him that June day in 1936 have already come to pass.
you now, beloved one!" At these words I felt Master melting
away within my encircling arms.
child," his voice rang out, vibrating into my very soul-firmament,
"whenever you enter the door of nirbikalpa samadhi and
call on me, I shall come to you in flesh and blood, even as today."
this celestial promise Sri Yukteswar vanished from my sight. A cloud-voice
repeated in musical thunder: "Tell all! Whosoever knows by nirbikalpa realization that your earth is a dream of God can
come to the finer dream-created planet of Hiranyaloka, and there
find me resurrected in a body exactly like my earthly one. Yogananda,
Gone was the
sorrow of parting. The pity and grief for his death, long robber
of my peace, now fled in stark shame. Bliss poured forth like a
fountain through endless, newly opened soul-pores. Anciently clogged
with disuse, they now widened in purity at the driving flood of
ecstasy. Subconscious thoughts and feelings of my past incarnations
shed their karmic taints, lustrously renewed by Sri Yukteswar's
In this chapter
of my autobiography I have obeyed my guru's behest and spread the
glad tiding, though it confound once more an incurious generation.
Groveling, man knows well; despair is seldom alien; yet these are
perversities, no part of man's true lot. The day he wills, he is
set on the path to freedom. Too long has he hearkened to the dank
pessimism of his "dust-thou-art" counselors, heedless
of the unconquerable soul.
I was not the
only one privileged to behold the Resurrected Guru.
of Sri Yukteswar's chelas was an aged woman, affectionately known
as Ma (Mother), whose home was close to the Puri hermitage.
Master had often stopped to chat with her during his morning walk.
On the evening of March 16, 1936, Ma arrived at the ashram and asked
to see her guru.
Master died a week ago!" Swami Sebananda, now in charge of
the Puri hermitage, looked at her sadly.
impossible!" She smiled a little. "Perhaps you are just
trying to protect the guru from insistent visitors?"
Sebananda recounted details of the burial. "Come," he
said, "I will take you to the front garden to Sri Yukteswarji's
Ma shook her
head. "There is no grave for him! This morning at ten o'clock
he passed in his usual walk before my door! I talked to him for
several minutes in the bright outdoors.
this evening to the ashram,' he said.
"I am here!
Blessings pour on this old gray head! The deathless guru wanted
me to understand in what transcendent body he had visited me this
Sebananda knelt before her.
he said, "what a weight of grief you lift from my heart! He
In sabikalpa samadhi the devotee has spiritually progressed to a
state of inward divine union, but cannot maintain his cosmic consciousness
except in the immobile trance-state. By continuous meditation, he
reaches the superior state of nirbikalpa samadhi, where he moves
freely in the world and performs his outward duties without any
loss of God-realization.
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Sri Yukteswar used the word prana; I have translated it as lifetrons.
The Hindu scriptures refer not only to the anu, "atom,"
and to the paramanu, "beyond the atom," finer electronic
energies; but also to prana, "creative lifetronic force."
Atoms and electrons are blind forces; prana is inherently intelligent.
The pranic lifetrons in the spermatozoa and ova, for instance, guide
the embryonic development according to a karmic design.
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Adjective of mantra, chanted seed-sounds discharged by the mental
gun of concentration. The Puranas (ancient shastras or treatises)
describe these mantric wars between devas and asuras (gods and demons).
An asura once tried to slay a deva with a potent chant. But due
to mispronunciation the mental bomb acted as a boomerang and killed
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Examples of such powers are not wanting even on earth, as in the
case of Helen Keller and other rare beings.
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Lord Buddha was once asked why a man should love all persons equally.
"Because," the great teacher replied, "in the very
numerous and varied lifespans of each man, every other being has
at one time or another been dear to him."
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The eight elemental qualities which enter into all created life,
from atom to man, are earth, water, fire, air, ether, motion, mind,
and individuality. (Bhagavad Gita: VII:4.)
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Body signifies any soul-encasement, whether gross or subtle. The
three bodies are cages for the Bird of Paradise.
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Even as Babaji helped Lahiri Mahasaya to rid himself of a subconscious
desire from some past life for a palace, as described in chapter
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"And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will
the eagles be gathered together."-Luke 17:37. Wherever the
soul is encased in the physical body or in the astral body or in
the causal body, there the eagles of desires-which prey on human
sense weaknesses, or on astral and causal attachments-will also
gather to keep the soul a prisoner.
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"Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of
my God, and he shall go no more out (i.e., shall reincarnate no
more). . . . To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me
in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father
in his throne."-Revelation 3:12, 21.
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Sri Yukteswar was signifying that, even as in his earthly incarnation
he had occasionally assumed the weight of disease to lighten his
disciples' karma, so in the astral world his mission as a savior
enabled him to take on certain astral karma of dwellers on Hiranyaloka,
and thus hasten their evolution into the higher causal world.
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Life and death as relativities of thought only. Vedanta points out
that God is the only Reality; all creation or separate existence
is maya or illusion. This philosophy of monism received its highest
expression in the Upanishad commentaries of Shankara.
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