This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Inverse analogy

We remind the reader again, only because it is so easily forgotten, that although the waking state is mentioned as the first condition of Atma, it is clear that it is located at the lowest or ‘last’ degree of development when viewed from the point of view of manifestation or Atma. This apparent contradiction is resolved when we remind ourselves that the corporeal is the basis for the realization of the human being, which must begin the individual and work upwards, taking possession, one by one, of higher states, proceeding from the manifested to the unmanifested, even though this order is the opposite of that proper to the development of manifestation itself. It is in this sense only that the waking state ‘precedes’ the states that follow.

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