Narendra Misra asked me to write an introduction to Ascension for Hindus. I’m happy to oblige.
If we turn to The Holy Science by Sri Yukteswar Giri, Paramahansa Yogananda’s guru, we find him telling us what’s happening at this moment.
But before he takes up that discussion he has a wonderful, contextualizing comment to make, one that describes the work of my own blog, the Golden Age of Gaia (and probably Narendra’s as well):
“The purpose of this book is to show as clearly as possible that there is an essential unity in all religions; that there is no difference in the truths inculcated by the various faiths; that there is but one method by which the world, external and internal, has evolved; and that there is but one Goal admitted by all scriptures.” (1)
If we agree with Sri Yukteswar, then we agree that what he talks about are real phenomena – not just real to him but real in the universe – that we of other faiths may have different names for them but we’re talking about the same thing, and that all views and all religions carry their sincere practitioners closer and closer to the “one Goal” of all, the transcendent and unknowable God.
I call what Sri Yukteswar is pointing at “cross-cultural spirituality.” (2) Hindus call it Sanathana Dharma; others, theosophy, the ageless wisdom, and the perennial philosophy.
What I want to focus on is his teachings on the various yugas or ages and what’s called the precession of the equinoxes. (3)
That term refers to a circuit the Sun makes that covers some 24,000 years in extent and is known to people of many different persuasions.
As a Vedic astrologer, like Sri Yukteswar Giri, Narendra could tell you much more about it than I can.
The period of time we’re in right now falls at the height of the circuit, when, as Sri Yukteswar tells us, “the mental virtue becomes so much developed that man can easily comprehend all, even the mysteries of the spirit.” (4)
The gradual process others currently call “Ascension” is the transition from the previous age of darkness (Kali Yuga, Dark Age, Iron Age) to this age of Light (Sat Yuga, Golden Age, Age of Aquarius, New Age).
It has some peaks which mostly correspond to the enlightenment events that most Hindus know well, (5) as the kundalini courses up through the spine.
Then the chakra system is left behind and the heart permanently and fully opens in what Sri Ramana Maharshi calls “Sahaja Samadhi.” (6) “Sahaja” means natural: This is our natural state.
And it’s also the culminating event of our Ascension. Our heart having permanently opened is our entree into higher dimensionality.
We commonly talk about Ascension as a consciousness shift. That’s what lies at the heart of it. But it’s also more.
It’s an experiment as well in taking the physical human body with us, something that hasn’t been tried before in other Ascensions. (3)
And it’s an experiment in a mass Ascension. On Earth until we reached this place in our solar circuit, Ascensions have been individual matters.
But now, we’re receiving assistance from higher-dimensional civilizations.
Consequently, the vibration has been raised sufficiently over the entire Earth for all people who could describe themselves as “decent” to expand their consciousness gradually and gracefully into the Fifth or higher dimension of life; i.e., to ascend.
It’s also more than a simple consciousness shift in the sense that we lightworkers and our friends from other civilizations (galactics, our star family) will be building Nova Earth.
In a flow of abundance that’s expected, we’ll have the chance to end homelessness, hunger, poverty, disease, and all other sources of misery on Earth.
Our star brothers and sisters are the folks who’ve watched over us since the beginning of the human experiment on Planet Earth, our forebears and ancestors from the Pleiades, Sirius, Arcturus, Andromeda, etc.
Right now they’re pouring their higher-dimensional, loving energies into us to assist us to ascend. They’ll join us later for a celebration that’s been planned for eons.
They look like us, can speak our languages, and are keenly aware of and committed to us.
Their arrival among us is referred to as “Disclosure.” They too are part of the Divine Plan for our Ascension, as will be discussed more in the future.
These elements of the Divine Plan and tasks we’ve agreed to make what is transpiring at the moment more than simply a consciousness shift.
I predict that someone right now is asking themselves what they need to do to ascend.
If you’ve reached this level of rising vibration and feel for the most part happy with things, you have nothing to worry about. The rising energies will do the rest in their appointed time. This is not an exclusive process; it’s very, very inclusive. When we “go One,” we go all.
This is an introduction to what’s happening on Planet Earth during this consciousness shift, known to Hindus as entry into the Sat Yuga or Golden Age and to others as Ascension.
Thank you to Narendra for inviting me to comment. And I hope he continues and expands the discussion.
For much more on these subjects, go to the “Library” on the Golden Age of Gaia: http://goldenageofgaia.com/library/.
(1) Sri Yukteswar Giri, The Holy Science. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1984, 3.
(2) See “On Cross-Cultural Spirituality,” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/spiritual-essays/#15.
(3) Sri Yukteswar, ibid., 7-20.
(4) Ibid., 8.
(5) Spiritual awakening (4th-chakra); Savikalpa Samadhi or cosmic consciousness (6th-chakra); Kevalya Nirvikalpa Samadhi or Brahmajnana (7th-chakra). This completes the chakra circuit but is still only “halfway up the mountain.”
Sahaja Nirvikalpa Samadhi is a full and permanent heart opening, beyond the 3rd/4th-dimensional chakra system. I interviewed the Divine Mother once on An Hour with an Angel and she confirmed that Sahaja was the culmination of Ascension:
Steve Beckow: I’m trying to understand what level of enlightenment Ascension corresponds to. And I think it’s beyond the normal seventh-chakra enlightenment. I think it is what is called — and I’ll make this clear to readers — Sahaja Samadhi. Am I correct?
Divine Mother: Yes. It is beyond what you think of [associated] with your seven chakras. … We have emerged from the Third-Dimensional realm, which is that reference point for the chakra system, into the new. So yes, you are correct, in this question and in this statement.
So freed from the Third Dimension, which is what a full and permanent heart opening – i.e., Sahaja Samadhi – does. This is the end-point of our Ascension process. We continued:
SB: It’s wonderful to have that confirmed. Thank you very much, Mother.
DM: It is wonderful for us as well, you know!
SB: Is it? How so, Mother?
DM: As we move beyond what you think of in your realm as emotion, that does not mean that the pervasive love and joy is not felt as we participate, witness, move and assist and beckon you forward. …
Now, you understand that most people have no conception of what this [discussion] really means. And, yes, you will do a good job of explaining.
SB: Well, you know that I have a website [From Darkness to Light] that discusses Sahaja Samadhi at length. And that’s from Sri Ramana Maharshi, more or less. If I take that material and present it to readers, would that be adequate?
DM: That will help. (“The Divine Mother: Come to Me as I Come to You – Part 1/2,” Oct. 17, 2012, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2012/10/the-divine-mother-come-to-me-as-i-come-to-you-part-12/.)
I’ve since written on the subject here: http://goldenageofgaia.com/ascension-to-the-fifth/#4.
(6) Usually one ascends upon exiting the body at “death,” as with Jesus and the Buddha (who doubtless had already ascended in other lifetimes).
(7) Sri Ramana describes how in each stage of enlightenment, the heart opens for a while and then closes again.
“[The] Heart is the seat of Jnanam [wisdom] as well as of the granthi (knot of ignorance). It is represented in the physical body by a hole smaller than the smallest pin-point, which is always shut [the hridayam].
“When the mind drops down in Kevalya Nirvikalpa [samadhi or Brahmajnana], it opens but shuts again after it. When Sahaja [Nirvikalpa Samadhi] is attained it opens for good.” (Ramana Maharshi in Cohen, S.S., Guru Ramana. Memories and Notes. 6th edition. Tiruvannamalai: Sri Ramanasramam, 1993, 96.)
Only with Sahaja does the heart open and remain open permanently. That is the moment of full Ascension, which happens a few subplanes inside the Fifth Dimension.
This is mukti, moksha, or liberation from birth and death. There is no death in the Fifth and higher dimensions.