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What is the Higher Self, Soul, And Divine Self - Overview

What is the Higher Self, Soul, And Divine Self - Overview

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What ls the Higher Self, Soul, and Divine Self - Overview

What is spirit, your Divine Self?
lt is the divine essence of your being, the source of all light and life within you. Your Divine Self
is omnipresent (everywhere at once), omnipotent (all powerful), and omniscient (all-knowing).
lt is eternal, infinite being, love, and wisdom. lt is the Self that is free from all attachments and
beyond all action; it is constant, unchanging, and indestructible.

lt is the Self that is the observer, is the witness of the activities of mind, but not identified with
them. All descriptions of Divine Self are inadequate; the Self is best known through a direct
experience of lt and cannot be known through the rational mind. lt is the Oneness from which all
life comes, and to which all life returns.

What is soul?
Out of the Oneness you were created as an individual. Soul is that part of you that has
individual consciousness, that is a bridge between the Divine Self and your personality. Your
soul is a repository of all your lifetimes of experience, and grows as you grow. lt knows and
expresses Divine Will and purpose, and makes this energy available to you, the personality.
Your soulಬs personality is pure love.

Your soul lives on the soul plane, a dimension of light and vibration that is closer to Oneness,
Source, God, Goddess, the All-That-ls, than the earth plane. Your soul is infused with Spirit,
with your Divine Self. Spirit - your Divine Self -is the consciousness that permeates and gives
life to your soul, just as your soul permeates and gives life to you. Your soul provides the
medium through which Spirit can reach you. lt is the link between your Divine, Eternal Self and
your personality.

Your soul is more than a combination of your mental, emotional, and physical bodies. lt is the
intelligence that directs the building of your bodies. lt contains your essence between lifetimes
and holds the patterns that created you in this lifetime. lt has qualities of mind and mental
awareness; it is intelligent and creative. lt can draw matter to itself to create forms in your
physical world. lt lives in higher spiritual dimensions and brings the light and energy of those
dimensions to you. Your soul is always evolving and growing, just as you are. lt is the repository
of all wisdom, love, and spiritual will and power that you have gained from every lifetime. lt
grows more complete and beautiful with each shift you make, as you add all that you are now
learning to your soul's light.

Realize that your soul is not separate from you; it is a part of you. As you make soul contact,
you are getting to know yourself as a soul. You are expanding your consciousness to
experience your soul's greater light, wisdom, and love.
Your soul is made of light and is the embodiment of love. lt is a master on its own plane, the
soul plane. To grow and fulfill its higher purpose, your soul needs to become a master of the
physical plane in which you live. Part of its purpose is to learn how to send its light into your
personality, mind, and emotions to establish its higher light and rhythm in all of them. Your
personality is your soul, as it exists on the earth plane in the world of form and matter. Your
level of spiritual evolution is determined by the mastery your soul has gained on the earth plane.

What is ಯHighe Selfರ?
"Higher Self" is a word used to define when you, at the personality level, can express your soul's
light and the light of the Divine Self through your words, thoughts, actions, and all that you are
and do.

When your personality is fully developed, integrated, and evolved, it becomes a tool for your
soul to fulfill its goals. lt becomes more than a personality - it becomes your higher self.
However, fusion of your mind, emotions, and body -being your higher self, is not the same as
being your soul.

Your higher self is a perfect instrument through which your soul can express itself on the earth
plane. As your higher self, you carry out the purposes of your soul, instead of following the
desires of your personality. You are being your higher self every time you align with your soul
and carry out its goals.

To reach enlightenment, you cannot sit around and wait for your soul to contact you and do
all the work for you. Your soul is in a state of deep meditation. Most of your soul's attention
is turned upward toward the realms of Spirit, of pure God-light, until you are ready to call its
attention to you. Although it is always transmitting waves of soul energy to you, its work with you
changes when you develop an awareness of it. Then you can use its stimulating, purifying, and
transformative energies to grow spiritually.

You are the one who needs to draw your soul's attention to you. You do this through expanding
your consciousness - seeking to be your higher self, to grow spiritually, and to awaken your
light body. You draw your soul to you through your will and your intent to make your inner life
real. When you consciously connect with your soul and continually draw it into your life, your
soul begins to put more attention and energy into you. When this happens, your spiritual growth
accelerates rapidly. You work from the earth plane upward, and your soul works from the soul
plane downward.

As you blend with your soul, you can absorb the spiritual knowledge that is in and around its
being. This will improve your daily life. Your soul knows the divine plan for humanity and all life;
it knows the part you are to play in that plan.

As your soul sends its light downward, it experiences itself through your earth consciousness. lt
can more successfully express itself through you as your personality becomes more responsive
to it. Your soul can fulfill its higher purpose of mastering and bringing its light into the world of
form and matter that you live in. As you blend with your soul and radiate its energy in your daily
life, you serve humanity in a valuable way. You become a distributor of soul energy. Through
soul contact, you can radiate love, light, beauty, and joy to others.

ln the words of Shri Parthasarathi
Divine realization is Self realization,
because the Self, with a capital ಫSಬ, is
our real Self. And the other self, whom l
refer to as myself, is the gross, worldly
self, made up of matter, mind, leaving
the soul separate, which means that the normal human being lives without the soul coming into
play in his life. The soul acts as a silent witness, and as the Purusha Sukta of the Vedas
says: ಯHe is eternally there in a form of a tiny atomic flame, and He has to be awakened to our
life. Otherwise, He passes through life after life as our eternal companionರ. That is why God is
also called eternal companion, but He is a companion who is asleep - sushupth. So spirituality
awakens that, then this becomes, this inner Self, the higher Self and takes up the reins, as it
were, provided we are willing to hand it over to Him. Then He becomes that famous figure in
the Bhagavadgita. There is a chariot, there is Arjuna, and there is Krishna. Lord Krishna driving
the chariot. lt is a symbolism that now the soul, which is part of the Divine itself, the ultimate
Divinity, has taken charge and the man sitting inside is the man whose life is being driven (with
the horses representing manಬs senses kept under His control). So we can say that such lives
are God driven, Divine purpose driven, and driven to Divine destination. Because as Lord
Krishna says in the Gita, ಯlf you go in this way, along the path indicated by Me, you shall reach
that paramdhama, or that ultimate abode, having reached which nobody returns.ರ

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