There are two types of consciousness in a man, conscious of senses and conscious of spirit. Conscious of senses is the awareness of the physical world through the senses. Conscious of spirit is the awareness of the internal conditions, such as intelligence (the ideas we have), volition (the choices we make from our free will), and the acts we perform which show our spiritual qualities.
Divine intellectual power is from our “Dharma body”, it is endowed with divine wisdom and knowledge. It is the bounty from God. This is the type of procession and appearance through emanation. Divine attributes and virtues are the “blissfulness body”, it reflects the image of God (the heavenly virtues) according to the degree of its perfection. This is the type of procession and appearance through manifestation. When we live in the moment, based on the condition of our intellectual power and spiritual quality, we choose something to do and perform a role that suits us. This role and action is our “exemplification body”. It is changed from time to time according to the needs of the situation and the capacity of the individual.
When we are aware of the condition of intellectual power (Dahma body), spiritual quality (blissful body), and the role we play (exemplification body) at the very moment we live in, this means we are awakened. To be completely enlightened, we need to learn to be the master of our own self.
“The life of man is intended to be a life of spiritual enjoyment to which the animal can never attain. This enjoyment depends upon the acquisition of heavenly virtues. The sublimity of man is his attainment of the knowledge of God. The bliss of man is the acquiring of heavenly bestowals, which descend upon him in the outflow of the bounty of God. The happiness of man is in the fragrance of the love of God. This is the highest pinnacle of attainment in the human world. How glorious the station of man who has partaken of the heavenly food and built the temple of his everlasting residence in the world of heaven!”
“For the world is dark with discord and selfishness, hearts are negligent, souls are bereft of God and His heavenly bestowals. Man is submerged in the affairs of this world. His aims, objects and attainments are mortal, whereas God desires for him immortal accomplishments. In his heart there is no thought of God. He has sacrificed his portion and birthright of divine spirituality. Desire and passion, like two unmanageable horses, have wrested the reins of control from him and are galloping madly in the wilderness. This is the cause of the degradation of the world of humanity.”
“It is my wish that they may be assisted to become servants of the heavenly Kingdom, captives in the service of the will of God. This captivity is freedom; this sacrifice is glorification; this labor is reward; this need is bestowal. For service in love for mankind is unity with God. He who serves has already entered the Kingdom and is seated at the right hand of his Lord.” (ʻAbdu’l-Bahá)
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