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The Map of Eternity

The Map of Eternity

We are all traveling in three worlds. According to the rishis, we move between three levels of awareness that account for all experience:

1. Consciousness filled with physical objects.
2. Consciousness filled with subtle objects.
3. Consciousness filled with nothing but itself’s pure consciousness.

In each state the soul looks different. In the physical world the soul is centered around emotions and idealism. It connotes warmth of heart, love, devotion to God. We look to our souls to remind ourselves that we have a divine spark inside, and yet we don’t base our lives on it. The soul flickers in and out.

In the subtle world the soul is spirit, denoting holiness, closeness to God, and freedom from the burdens of physical existence. The soul no longer offers mere comfort; it is the bliss that pain was disguising. The soul is constant now; its guidance can be clearly followed without confusion. The primary feeling is magnetic: One is being drawn inexorably toward the divine.

In the domain of pure consciousness, merging is complete. One sees that self and soul are one. Since there is no here and there, the soul has no location. It exists everywhere and nowhere at the same time. One no longer seeks the soul’s goodness, holiness, or purity. It simply is.

After death a person experiences the subtle dimension automatically, yet to the rishis every dimension is enfolded into the others. The appearance of angels on earth is possible, even though they are properly consigned to the domain of subtle objects, and so is the sojourn of the prophet Mohammed to heaven on a white horse. Each involves a shift in awareness. At the same time each state of consciousness has its own particular qualities and is perceived as its own separate reality.

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Adapted from Life After Death, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2006).

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Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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2:39AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Thank you :)

3:58AM PST on Jan 16, 2013

Thank you

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11:22PM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

Thank you for the explanations........

4:07PM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

thanks :)

12:03PM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

Always wonderful to read his great words of wisdom!

12:00PM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

Interesting. Thank you.

3:17AM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

We fear our own death but look at the death of a squashed ant, a swatted fly or a critter on the roadside as no big deal.

12:53AM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

Some Indians seek Nirvana...a blissful the here and now...I do believe all people can obtain this state by permitting their minds to attune to the One Mind of the Creator who made the Cosmos. Why did the Creator make us? i belirve he wanted us to acknowledge and love him back. When we give love, we receive love. When I just think...I love you and thank The Creator for all the gifts I have been given...I do feel a very loving energy touch me.

10:17PM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

It is very useful to know & make the best use of the 3 levels of awareness & its existence.

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