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The pulse of space beats to the same rhythm that it is charged with,
and this we call atmosphere. Space itself has not got an atmosphere.
Space is negative in that it allows it pulse to beat to the rhythm that it
is charged with, and at the same time it is positive in that it absorbs
and assimilates all, sooner or later. When a person says that an
atmosphere of a place is quiet, or exciting, this only means that the
impression of someone that has charged the atmosphere of that place
Atmosphere can be two kinds, the atmosphere of presence and the
atmosphere of absence. The atmosphere of presence changes with the
change that takes place with in someone. When a person is sitting in
meditation, when he is practicing silence or repose, the atmosphere is
quieting. When a person is restless, uneasy, cross or agitated the
atmosphere takes on the same rhythm. The reason for this is that the
atmosphere is made of vibrations, and the life substance in it is
charged with the same rate of vibration of that of the person that
happens to be there.
The atmosphere that one creates and leaves in a place remains
unchanged, although in time it loses its vitality. But it difficult to
believe how long an atmosphere created by someone in certain place
remains vibrating. It stays there much longer then one would think.
Not only does man create an atmosphere, but an atmosphere is also
created in man. A peaceful can feel uneasy where there is an
atmosphere of restlessness. A very restless person may feel quiet in an
atmosphere of peace. To those who can perceive it, the atmosphere
tells stories. One may ask how a person can read the atmosphere,
which is nothing but vibrations. The perception of vibrations is in itself
the understanding of a language, just as to a musician every note says
something. In his mind it is distinct, he knows what note it is, what cord
it is, what theme it is. He knows its feeling, its nature, its character, it
sense, its effect. To anyone who is not a musician, music may be
comforting, healing, and soothing, but to him, who understands music,
it is a living thing, it speaks to him, his soul communicates with it. In
the same way one that perceives atmosphere fully knows all about it.
There is another way of looking at this question. Not only does every
person have his
particular atmosphere, but everything that one feels thinks and says
and does is creative of an atmosphere. The wicked will create a wicked
atmosphere of piety; the pious will create an atmosphere of piety; a
singer by singing; a player by playing; a dancer by dancing; a painter
by painting will create an atmosphere expressive of his action. Each
feeling such as humor, grief, anger, passion, wonder, attachment, fear,
or indifference shows its distinct character in the atmosphere, which it
has created. No matter what a person may try to hide, his atmosphere
will speak of it. No one is ever able to create a false atmosphere, that
is to say, an atmosphere that is different from his own condition.
Someone once asked my Murshid what the sign of the godly is. He
said, "judge him by not what say or by what he does, feel his
atmosphere and his atmosphere will tell you whether he is godly or
not." People do not differ much from one another in size, but the
difference in the horizons that their atmosphere occupies is so great
that very often there is no comparison possible. This is the secret,
which is behind the personality of the sages, saints, and prophets as
well as behind their work and their influence in the world.
Since their must be something to hold everything that is significant,
what is it that holds the atmosphere in space? It is capacity. Space
offers capacity. In other words, in space a capacity is formed of an
element invisible to our eyes and yet solid enough to hold the vibration
within it. This will become clear if study the mystery of the wireless or
the mirage. Why does not the air scatter the sounds and words spoken
many miles away? It is true that the airwaves carry them a certain
distance, but what holds them? It is the capacity; it is a fine element,
which surrounds them, not allowing them to break up, although our
ears do not ordinarily hear them in space. It is the same with the
phenomenon of mirage. One sees in the desert a picture, which is
nothing but a reflection on the waves of light of something really
existing. But what holds this picture intact. Not allowing it to be
scattered, is the capacity, which in Sanskrit is called Akasha.
Is the atmosphere visible? All that intelligible is audible and visible in
the finer sense of these words. Our ears may not hear it, yet we feel
that we have heard it. Our eyes may not see it and yet feel that we
have seen it. What is audible is visible and what is visible is audible at
the same time. It is only to our senses that it is either audible or
visible. If a certain thing appeal to our sense of sight, it makes an
impression on that sense and our sense of hearing does not pay any
attention to it. If a thing appeals to our sense of hearing our sense of
sight does not take any interest in it. This is because two senses
cannot both experience something fully at the same time.
Even when two sense perceive a thing simultaneously, what they
experience at the same
time will not be a full experience. Only experiencing everything
through one sense at a time can give satisfaction. But apart from
experiencing fully through two senses. Do not think that it is an
exaggeration to say that even two eyes cannot see as fully as one eye.
When we close on eye in order to see a thing more clearly, we see it
much better. We get a fuller vision of it, for a fuller experience needs a
single ray of penetration, which reveals the nature, the secret, the
mystery of the object one looks at. One particular sense is capable of
experiencing vibrations according to its own capacity, and the
vibrations, which appeal to a particular sense, engage that sense
which experiences them. The other senses experience the same, but
indirectly, through the sense that is experiencing them.
The visible atmosphere is called the aura. Those who do not feel its
see it in the form of colors of light. There are some un-evolved people
who see auras for the same reason that some un-evolved also
communicate with spirits, which is really something, that only an
evolved person should venture upon. But they are made like that by
nature, and it is the same as someone who has never been trained in
the technique of art yet he draws a beautiful picture. It is in him, it is a
gift, it his finer soul and his nervous temperament that are susceptible
to finer vibrations.
The aura therefore may be called a visible atmosphere, or the
atmosphere an invisible aura. Just as different degrees of the vibrations
of the atmosphere have a distinct influence on the person who
perceives them, so the different colors of the aura have their particular
effect upon those who see this aura. They are many who are not yet
awakened to perceive an atmosphere, to see an aura, although they
will feel it in the depths of their being, they cannot help it.
This shows us that there is another world besides the world that our
physical eyes can see and whose sound our physical ears can hear and
it is not even very far away. We live in it and we feel it and we are
influenced by it, whether we know it or not. This is the world of
atmosphere, which is finer than the physical world though in a sense it
is physical too. It is something we feel, it is something that will touch
our body though the may not perceive it, yet it is influenced by it. The
mind perceives it more clearly. If we are asked to what plane
atmosphere belongs, we can only say that it is bridge between the
physical and the mental planes, it is on both planes.
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