The Three Stations of the Heart, the Three States of Consciousness, and the Seven Stages of Life

The three primary perceptions, conceptions, or presumptions, and how they relate to the seven stages of life also correspond with what Avatar Adi Da describes as the “three stations of the heart”, which can also be described as the three aspects of the single heart.

The overview of the seven stages of life emphasizes what Avatar Adi Da Samraj has called the “vertical” dimension of the body-mind. The “vertical” pathways contain both the descending and then ascending energy, associated with the fourth and fifth stages of life, which, in the sixth stage of life, finally falls into its source in the heart. This description is corroborated by many traditional descriptions, which speak of the chakras rising from the base of the perineum, and reaching the apex at the top of the head.

The three aspects of the heart all appear in the great heart region, or the chest area of the body. Avatar Adi Da calls the three aspects: the left side (or station) of the heart, the middle depth (or station) of the heart, and the right side (or station) of the heart.

Consciousness has traditionally been understood to have three basic “states”, called the “avasthas” in Sanskrit. These are the states of waking, dreaming, and deep sleep that everyone knows. The region of the left side of the heart is the station of the waking state, and bodily experience. The middle station of the heart is the station of the dreaming state, and all that is the deeper psyche or subtle and higher mind. The right side of the heart is the base of the state of deep sleep, and the presumption of an individual separate conscious self.

Each of the stations of the heart is, of course, associated with the seven stages of life, as well as the vertical dimension of the body-mind. The left side of the heart is associated with the first three stages of life, and the “general” and “basic” contexts of the fourth stage of life, and thus the descending or frontal line of the body-mind. The left side of the heart is associated with the physical heart itself.

The middle station of the heart is associated with what is often known as the heart “chakra” (or “wheel”), a center of energy in the subtle dimension. The middle station of the heart is linked with the ascending fourth stage of life, and the fifth stage of life, in the spinal line.

The right side of the heart is the seat of the separate conscious self. In the sixth stage of life, the right side of the heart becomes awakened as the root-origin of attention, and the seat of the Witness-Position of Consciousness. As has been described, at the culmination of the ascending process, the Spirit-Energy “falls”, or comes to rest, in the right side of the Spirit Energy in heart.

It is in the seventh stage of life that the Spirit-Current rises again in the “regeneration” of Amrita Nadi, from the right side of the heart to the matrix above the head. In this process, the body itself is infused with the Divine Spirit-Current in the Circle of the body-mind. Thus, the heart on the right remains always as the “foot” of the “organ” of Divine Self-Realization that is “Amrita Nadi”.