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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

The Fourth Plane is the greatest hurdle of the spiritual Path, the crucial stage of the aspirant or pilgrim’s journey where all is gained or lost. Great as are the powers at his command, greater are the temptations to use them for his own gratification, to exhibit these powers for the sake of exhibitionism, fame, power, and glory. For the ego, fearing complete defeat rises to its highest, prodding and luring the pilgrim on to make selfish use of the powers lent to him. This is known as “Black night of the soul”.

The pilgrim on the fourth plane is permitted, however, to make use of his powers for purely unselfish motives, with no thought whatsoever of self and only for the sake of others.

The senses are said to be superior (to the physical body); the mind is superior to the sense faculties; the intelligence is superior to the mind; but HE (the self) is superior to the intelligence”

(Avathar Sri Seshadri Swamigal)

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    Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Original term Sufi Equivalent Common term
God – Merged Majoob – Allah Majoob
God – Intoxicated Mast – Allah Mast
God – Absorbed Mashgul – Allah Salik – like pilgrim
God – Communed Ma – Allah Salik – like pilgrim
God – Mad Divana – e – Allah Divana – e Haq

A wali, for example, may be on the fifth, sixth or seventh plane and he may be God-merged, God-intoxicated. The term wali is only applicable to the God-communed in the rare instance, when he is on the fifth or sixth plane.

Now a Mast, although he is never truly God-absorbed like a salik-like pilgrim, and never truly God-merged like a majoob, may taken on certain of the characteristics of a salik-like pilgrim or a majoob.

A salik-like Mast, although his salient characteristic is God-intoxication, has the attribute of a salik, that he is conscious to a certain extent of his physical environment, and to a certain extent of the spiritual plane on which he is situated.

A majzoob like a Mast who, incidentally is, a rare type has the salient characteristic of God-intoxication, and has also the attribute of the true majoob of the seventh plane that he is to a greater or lesser extent merged in God, according to the degree of his advancement.

A true majoob, a God merged soul in the seventh plane, is, as we have already seen, a wali; and also, in the sense that he enjoys the blissful intoxication of God-united soul, he is also a mast.

These rather like the case of one who, being a master of arts is automatically also a matriculate. A majoob, however, although he is automatically both a wali and a mast, is never a salik.

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