An Overview of
The Seven Stages Of Life

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In some of the most highly developed religious and Spiritual traditions of mankind, the human individual is described as comprising three "bodies".

The "gross body" is the physical body--which has typically been presumed by Western medical science to be the only human body. The "subtle body" comprises the dimensions of life-energy and emotion, mind and psyche, as well as the higher functions of intelligence and will. The "causal body" is the core of the apparently separate egoic self, the root-sense of existing as an "I". These three "bodies" are traditionally understood to form the foundation of the waking, dreaming, and deep-sleep states, respectively. Avatar Adi Da confirms that this traditional description is correct, but He goes further and describes the structural anatomy underlying these three bodies.

Avatar Adi Da describes that the hierarchical structural anatomy of the human body-mind exists in two fundamental "planes"--the vertical and the horizontal. The vertical plane is a great energy-circuit, which He calls "the Circle". The Circle runs down the front of the body from the crown of the head to the perineum, and up the back of the body along the spinal line to the crown of the head. The horizontal plane comprises the esoteric structure of the heart, which has three parts--the left side, the middle station, and the right side. Beyond the Circle and rooted in the right side of the heart stands the most esoteric of all psycho-physical structures--"Amrita Nadi", or the "Current of Immortal Bliss". Amrita Nadi is rooted in the right side of the heart and rises in an S-shaped curve to the Matrix of Light, the apparently Objective Source of all forms and energies, Which lies infinitely above the crown of the head.

The left side of the heart and the frontal line of the Circle are the fundamental structures underlying the gross body--they are particularly associated with development in the first three stages of life and the beginnings of the fourth stage of life. The middle station of the heart and the spinal line of the Circle are the fundamental structures underlying the subtle body--they are particularly associated with development in the advanced fourth stage of life and in the fifth stage of life. The right side of the heart is the fundamental structure underlying the causal body--it is particularly associated with development in the sixth stage of life. Amrita Nadi, which stands prior to all these structures, is particularly associated both with the fullest Realization of the process of the sixth stage of life and with Divine Self-Realization in the seventh stage of life.