What is the difference between God,
Christ, Cosmic, Buddhic and Krishnic consciousness? By examining the
evolution of consciousness from the primordial pre-manifestative state
to present, I believe we can find a simplified understanding of what is
otherwise a complicated and difficult subject, fraught with a morass of
varied interpretation and emotional bias.
contained in this Excerpt and those that follow in this series,
supersede all other definitions contained in the Course. By this I mean
if a contradiction occurs in the definitions found in earlier Excerpts
and those now being presented, defer to the later definitions. This is
because a more exacting examination of consciousness produces a more
exact definition and, hopefully, a more precise understanding of the
underlying mystery of the nature and structure of consciousness.
Consider our earlier
examination of primordial consciousness when we saw that the void
contained a substance *(Ether) with the potential for life, which was
capable of producing all that we experience today. We further saw that
this substance was subject to continuous inherent vibration which
produced polar opposites.
all-pervading, infinitely elastic, massless medium formerly postulated
as the medium of propagation of electromagnetic waves. The void, or
that which fills the void. Einstein's "fabric of space".)
At one pole
(negative pole) was the primal void, which was the "Ether" devoid of
all motion or vibration. At the other pole was the void experiencing
maximum motion or vibration of the "Ether" which produced "white light"
as a natural consequence. (Remember that these "poles" exist in the
same space at the same time.)
The nature of
vibration dictates that there is a stair step process of ascending
vibration from the void to white light, and descending vibration back
again to the void. Each of these four states, (the void, white light,
moving from the void to white light, and from white light to the void)
is the beginning of a different kind of consciousness, i.e., Cosmic
consciousness, Christ consciousness, Buddhic consciousness and Krishnic
consciousness, respectively. These, all together, form something called
"God consciousness", which is a grand gestalt beyond these individual
kinds of consciousness. In other words, God consciousness exists in a
way so unified, as a whole, that its properties cannot be derived from
a simple summation of its parts.
The void is the
birthplace of what, according to "TT tenets", (information contained in
"A Course in Time Travel"), is called the "Sagittarius principle",
which in its most extended state is called "Cosmic consciousness".
The white light
state is the birthplace of what, according to TT tenets, is called the
"Leo principle", which is the beginning of "Christ consciousness".
The action of going
from white light towards the void is part of the nature of what we,
again according to TT tenets, call the "Aries Principle".
upon the Ether (from the void to the white light state), is, according
to TT tenets, called the "Buddhic Principle", while descending
vibration upon the Ether (coming from the white light state to the
void), is, according to TT tenets, called the "Krishnic Principle".
(Note that the Buddhic Principle is part of the nature of the
Sagittarius Principle, and that the Krishnic Principle is part of the
nature of the Aries Principle.)
Below is a chart
showing the various components of "Christ consciousness" in terms of
the colors of the spectrum and the "Signs" of the zodiac.
|Note that the white
ball symbolizes Christ Consciousness, and although the subdivisions are
shown as being parts of it, these subdivisions are the property of
Cosmic Consciousness, (which includes the void), as a polar opposite to
Christ Consciousness. God Consciousness, in its simplest form, is the simultaneous
awareness of everything shown on the chart, including the void.
The white light
state shown is static in that it is without motion. We have seen this
state before as the goal of Buddhic consciousness. In that context it
is called "Nirvana". It is also thought of, by many, as highest
"Heaven" in the western world, and, by many others, as God. What is
found here, as emotional content, is called bliss or ecstasy when
compared to any other state of being. It is interesting to note that
Christ consciousness in this primal state does not exhibit that which
we term "love", so predominately associated with this consciousness.
This ability, or quality, which is so characteristic of Christ
consciousness, does not appear until we experience it in its subdivided
descent into duality. (This is simply because of the necessity of
reflected selves, not possible until the planes of duality.) It is
important to note that Christ Consciousness, at this master level, is
composed of all other components of manifestation and potential kinds
consciousness, (not shown), including all component levels of what is
exclusively considered as various sub-levels of Christ consciousness.
The two exceptions that cannot be included as
sub-divisions of Christ consciousness are, Cosmic consciousness, which
is a polar opposite of Christ consciousness, (which contains both the
subdivisions of Christ Consciousness, and the void), and God
consciousness, which contains both Cosmic and Christ consciousness as
integral parts of itself.
We have stated that
all other kinds consciousness, with those exceptions stated above, are
derived from Christ consciousness as sub-components. It is for this
reason that many think that the "Christ" is in fact God. We can
understand why many would also believe in this state-of-being as the
ultimate goal for humanity.
It should be pointed
out that Christ consciousness, within human beings, exhibits motion as
an "outward expansion", (from a fixed centralized position), which
impinges upon others as love. Cosmic consciousness, on the other hand,
exhibits motion as an "inward expansion" (or contraction), (from a
fixed position that is the opposite of centralized), which manifests as
enlightenment and bliss.
It is important to
understand that those who seek God consciousness have chosen a much
more difficult course of action than those who seek to simply "return
to the Christ", and must have, as a prerequisite, already progressed
through the lessons of Christ consciousness. This is not to deride the
latter, for Christ consciousness is a critical, vital and necessary
choice to each and everyone of us in our spiritual progression. However
please note that, as I understand it, many Christians believe the
direction of creative intent of Christ consciousness, is "returning to
the Father", through Christ, to reside in "Heaven". (i.e., that of
returning to where we originated.) On the other hand, the direction of
creative intent of God consciousness, as concerns human beings), from
all indications, is one of manifestation into the Third dimension as
"Heaven on Earth". (These are diametrically opposed directions and
intentions.) This would suggest that those who simply seek refuge in
the Christ will at some time feel the urge to re-descend into matter as
a necessary continuation of spiritual evolution.
I feel that the
above spiritual dichotomy is at the heart of much unnecessary spiritual
confusion and subsequent lack of unity. For this reason, I believe that
it is obviously prudent, in order to help to alleviate this confusion,
for us to endeavor, by all available means, to understand the structure
of consciousness and its rules of engagement.