This is the message from this talk. When Jesus said in my Father’s house there are many mansions he meant there are various states of consciousness acquired during your life on earth which will be your passport to where you will be going to be located in the astral world; that is the sum total of everything you have done, has made you vibrate in a certain way, and you will be drawn magnetically in various degrees of divine light that you can stand and absorb. Now that statement is an incredible statement, how much spiritual light can you absorb? When you sit down to meditate how do you feel, very restless and uncomfortable, why? The master says the moment you sit down to meditate and look at the point between the eyebrows suddenly trillions of specks of light from God begin to descend through His grace to re- harmonize you. If you don’t see that light now eventually you will when you meditate long enough.
How much light can you absorb in your body? Therefore your passport will be your vibration at the end of your life. How much light have you absorbed during your present life will determine what you can behold and how bright. Therefore, how much light you have within now will determine which place you are going to go in the astral plane. That is for those who are advanced spiritually, the other ones are going to be asleep in a coma state and they will not know it.
Now, the question is? Is the astral world heaven? No, the astral world is not heaven but it does have different schools leading souls to perfection. There is a clear difference between heaven which is a state of Cosmic Consciousness that few people reach at the end of their life. The astral world or what many call the astral heaven is where many go because of their righteous life during their stay here on earth. In the astral world there is a tremendous evil and spiritual realm.
According to the dictionary the word heaven is the abode of God, the angels, and the spirits of the righteous after death; the place or state of existence of the blessed after the mortal life or a spiritual state of everlasting communion with Spirit; a state of ever new blissful awareness of one’s infinite existence, heaven which means when you regain your own sat-chit-ananda, ever blissfully aware of your own eternal existence. That is oneness with God.
However when you have the etymology of words by scholars, they can never reach the depth of realization a master will give to you now. These are the words of Paramahansa Yogananda in what the word heaven means. The kingdom of heaven is not a land ruled by an autocratic divine king, it is a state of cosmic consciousness in which all dualities are abolished and the consciousness of the loving King, God the Father reign in the throne of all space in everlasting bliss in ever joyful love.
The reason why the beautiful astral world is called heaven is the astral universe is made of very subtle vibrations above our earth and the saint’s call this earth “The Dark Physical Prison” where the saints can’t believe we are able to live and breathe in such an incredible heavy atmosphere, so gross as this planet. The masters are not saying this to be negative; they are saying what Lord Krishna is saying “Get out of my delusion” get out of here. All men walk on earth fully deluded poisoned by thousands of inexorable laws of nature, get out of here.
This subject is to reawaken our divine memories of our lost paradise and to create in us a deep longing to return to our first love or oneness with Spirit. We are trying to reawaken within ourselves that once we were in a state of Cosmic Consciousness.
We are all cosmic beings and we all were once in Cosmic Consciousness and have been sent into creation by God in a state of cosmic amnesia which is called the Lila or Play of God in which He plays hide and seek with us until we regain our divinity. The scriptural definitions of heaven and hell sometimes stir man’s deeper subconscious memories of a long series of experiences in the beautiful celestial astral world and the disappointing terrestrial world where the earth is dark with warfare and murders.
If you say to me I don’t want to be reincarnated again, then I have only one thing to say to you, analyze what desire you have left in you because if you have even one desire that desire will bring you back into a human form. For you not to come back you must not have any desires absolutely. Most human beings say I love dogs, I love cats, I love birds, I love nature, I love the roses, I love being married, and I love babies, I love all of them. If you have any attachments to any of these things you are stuck to come back here.
Now comes the importance of your daily spiritual development in meditation. The master says people in the astral world develop for the good will of others and especially if they are spiritual during their earthly life. If you meditate deeply now no matter where you are when you go to the astral world you will through the force of habit remember to meditate and you will thereby develop on that plane faster than other souls who have not learned to meditate during their earthly sojourn. Your meditation is your most powerful passport for you to advance rapidly in the astral world and not come back here. You can be free from human desires through meditation in the astral world and avoid reincarnation.
Those who do not meditate should not expect much, you can classify yourself, and there you have your answer. Heaven is not a place or destination it’s a state of consciousness. From the teachings of PY and the lectures of Turiyananda.